Lions GM calls keeping Caldwell his “best decision”

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First-year Lions general manager Bob Quinn said Tuesday that retaining Lions head coach Jim Caldwell “was probably the easiest and best decision I’ve made” since being hired in January.

Quinn left the Patriots to take control of the Lions’ football operation as part of a complete restructuring of the team’s front office, but he chose to keep Caldwell on the sideline.

His praise for Caldwell came in an interview Tuesday with SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“I really have a great working relationship with Jim,” Quinn said. “All of the sets of meetings we had, whether it was when I first got there figuring out our team, leading into free agency, leading into the draft meetings…[I] really felt comfortable with Jim and his staff and their ability to take a player that has a certain skill set and make that fit into the schemes that they’re running.

“Offense is offense, in my opinion, but defensive scheme-wise you’ve got to have good fits. In New England, we liked big linebackers, we liked big defensive linemen, we played a two-gap style defense. But here in Detroit, I’m really learning how to evaluate the one-gap players. It’s really exciting. It’s something that I’m listening a lot to, to our scouts, our personnel guys and our coaches about what they see and then was able to kind of put those into the decision making process for the draft and free agency and I’ve felt like we’ve added good players on the defensive side as well.”

The Lions went 11-5 in Caldwell’s first year in 2014 and 7-9 last season. He’s 44-36 in five seasons as an NFL head coach and has won two division championships. The Colts went 14-2 and lost in the Super Bowl in 2009, his first season.

39 responses to “Lions GM calls keeping Caldwell his “best decision”

  1. Caldwell is best known for tanking an entire season during the infamous and blatantly obvious “Suck for Luck” campaign.

    Detroit must be excited about next year’s QB class.

  2. I think what really happened is, that he made so many other changes to the organization, that he felt that it was best to leave the coaching staff alone for a year. Caldwell will be gone after this year, unless Lions have a miraculous 10-6 or better season.

  3. He was a horrible choice in the first place, I still remember when Peyton would shake his head when some dumb play call would come in. But I don’t believe in firing a guy after 2 seasons.

  4. In the NFL there is a simple rule to live by. If you let someone go, the replacement needs to be better.

    Philly, they let Reid go because he was there a long time and they fell for a offensive scheme that was going to CHANGE the NFL. The Eagles got worse, the Chiefs had hired Reid whom was a better coach than they had, and that team has shown improvement. Cards bring in Arians…

    Sure there are better coaches than Caldwell out there, some of them don’t want anything to do with the coaching schedule anymore and would rather call or break down games. If there isn’t a better option though, don’t fire him for the sake of making a change and bringing in someone worse.

  5. “Keeping Caldwell was probably not my first idea. But given the timing of my hire and looking at the coaches available, keeping Caldwell was my best decision.”

  6. Let’s see how the the Lions do this year before we annoint Caldwell to the coaching hall of fame.

  7. The Lions should have been 8-8 last season but the refs threw the game against Seattle…..who BTW would have missed the playoffs had the refs not stolen the game from the Lions.

  8. OK…. then let’s see it proven on the field, not from the GMs office with pom poms, hugs and kisses.

    No more Kumbaya moments. Bob… Jim… get the job done that Lions fans finally deserve.

    THEN… we can talk about what were good, right, solid decisions. Until then, it’s all on blind faith… which means absolutely nothing.

    Detroit is Cautiously Optimistic… prove it’s well placed.

  9. Quinn’s “was probably the easiest and best decision I’ve made” is extremely accurate. Quinn is clueless and will follow mental giants like Matt Milan to keep the Lions out of the Playoffs and get top-half draft picks. Dungy and Caldwell rode Peyton Manning’s coat-tails to win ANY games. Quinn is another Patriot’s front office member that rode Belichick’s coat-tails to get good jobs without any real talent.

  10. Caldwell made the Colts a winning team .. with a little help from Peyton Manning.

  11. ricko1112 says:
    Jun 21, 2016 8:51 PM

    Caldwell is best known for tanking an entire season during the infamous and blatantly obvious “Suck for Luck” campaign.

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    So if they tanked on purpose, why did Caldwell get fired? They lost Manning after all the capable back-ups were taken. I admit the timing was great that Luck was available, but you don’t fire a coach who did exactly what he was supposed to.

  12. Caldwell is loyal to a fault. He’s not an x’s and o’s analytics person.

    For example, he refused to make changes when Joe Lombardi, last year’s OC, totally crapped the bed. Other teams were publicly stating that they knew the Lions plays on offense during their horrid start. Golden Tate even went to the newspapers begging for a change, but Caldwell held firm and refused to fire Lombardi until ownership made him do so.

    Refusals to make the obvious and necessary changes when your team is 0-7 with that much talent and everyone in the league screaming that your substitution packages are giving away your offensive play calling (see post game statements by the Broncos and Cards last year) is – in this long term Lion fans opinion – a firable offense.

    Unfortunately, hell stay longer than he should cuz he’s a yes man, which GMs and ownership like (see his benching of Peyton during the near perfect season and the whole suck for Luck debacle – actions no self respecting coach would go for).

  13. vikingf0rlife says:
    Jun 22, 2016 8:59 AM

    So is the rest of the NFCN, Lions are easily the worst team in the division and have the historical track record to prove it.
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    Lol. The Queens were a surprise last year and won’t surprise anyone. Gimmick Ds only work so long in the NFL son.

    Talent wise the Lions have the best team in the division. The resources put into the O-line will pay dividends in the fall. But, hey, you got some squeaky toys to play with in Queen land.

  14. nhpats says:
    Jun 21, 2016 11:00 PM

    The Lions should have been 8-8 last season but the refs threw the game against Seattle…..who BTW would have missed the playoffs had the refs not stolen the game from the Lions.
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    Don’t forget the “Hail Mary” by Green Bay that resulted in a Lions loss. It was a play with zero on the click that was only allowed due to a bogus facemask call against Detroit.

  15. Talent wise the Lions have the best team in the division.

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    This is the kind of delusi0n that keeps me in stitches. The Lions lost their two best players (Suh and Johnson) and you claim to have the best talent in the division? The Vikings defense is the best in the division. The Packers have the best offense. Even the Bears defense has more talent on it then the Lions failed defense.

    LoLions!!!

  16. vikingf0rlife says:
    Jun 22, 2016 8:59 AM
    So is the rest of the NFCN, Lions are easily the worst team in the division and have the historical track record to prove it.

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    Yeah, um, sorry to break it to you, but the Lions’ “historical track record” includes four world championships, which of course is four more than Minnesota can boast.

  17. Lots of criticism from fans (a lot of it apparently aimed towards his lack of displayed emotion; probably the same guys that hate on Rex for showing too much), but the players universally seem to love him. Was very interesting to hear Ngata say that Caldwell was a big part of the reason why he wanted to come back.

    If he can get some help with timeouts and clock management–which it seems like they hired Randy Edsall to do–there is no reason he can’t be successful.

  18. vikingf0rlife says:
    Jun 22, 2016 8:59 AM
    So is the rest of the NFCN, Lions are easily the worst team in the division and have the historical track record to prove it.

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    Yeah, um, sorry to break it to you, but the Lions’ “historical track record” includes four world championships, which of course is four more than Minnesota can boast.
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    But the Queens win it every summer. UNTIL FALL BEGINS!

  19. “Because I can buy myself a couple of years before I have to fire him to cover up for my player personnel mistakes.”

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