Lions offer no comment on Jim Caldwell’s future

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The Lions won’t be making the playoffs this year and that will make coach Jim Caldwell’s future a topic of discussion for many people over the final week of the regular season.

Some people will share their thoughts publicly, but the people making the decisions in Detroit offered none after Sunday’s loss to the Bengals. Neither team president Rod Wood nor team owner Martha Firestone Ford elected to make a comment to the media about Caldwell or anything else.

Caldwell, who has a contract for next year and a team option for 2019, did answer a question about his future.

“That’s not up to me,” Caldwell said, via MLive.com. “That’s not up to me. You’ve never heard me defend myself at any point in time, and I won’t do it today.”

The Lions hired General Manager Bob Quinn before the 2016 season and Caldwell remained on the job after the Lions made the playoffs last season. With that no longer an option this year, it may be time for Quinn to hire his first coach in Detroit.

20 responses to “Lions offer no comment on Jim Caldwell’s future

  1. I’m more embarrassed than usual to be a Lions fan. They played like Cincy was going to lay down for them, and that was not the case at all. Stafford is just in a constant state of panic in the pocket, even when it was clean. Caldwell Should be let go after the season, not because we missed the playoffs but because how the team looked/looks in important games. It’s sickening to see such little effort when your season is on the line and I blame that on the head coach.

  2. Jim is sort of like that older, wiser man, that a legit head coach would like to be able to turn to for advice every once in a while. He’s like Don Zimmer back in the 90’s with the Yankees.

  3. Given one of the most embarrassing losses in Lions history today, I can’t imagine Caldwell coming back. He’s a decent man and the players love playing for him, and he will take the high road and say that the ultimate responsibility for the team’s season is on him. HOWEVER, it’s not his fault that Bob Quinn signed Matthew Stafford to the highest contract in NFL history…$25M per season. I said it both when Watt and Suh signed their mega-deals that no team with that much money tied up into one player will ever make it to a Super Bowl. Anybody know Tom Brady’s cap hit this season? $13.7M. And look at the players he has around him. Some players want rings. Others just want the dough.

  4. paulg44

    I gave you a thumbs up…but in fairness, not many QB’s (or players in general) like Brady have wives who dwarf them when it comes to yearly income.

  5. paulg44 says:
    December 24, 2017 at 7:37 pm
    Given one of the most embarrassing losses in Lions history today, I can’t imagine Caldwell coming back. He’s a decent man and the players love playing for him, and he will take the high road and say that the ultimate responsibility for the team’s season is on him. HOWEVER, it’s not his fault that Bob Quinn signed Matthew Stafford to the highest contract in NFL history…$25M per season. I said it both when Watt and Suh signed their mega-deals that no team with that much money tied up into one player will ever make it to a Super Bowl. Anybody know Tom Brady’s cap hit this season? $13.7M. And look at the players he has around him. Some players want rings. Others just want the dough.

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    Without Stafford the Lions would have close to the same record as the Browns.
    Also Bradys cap number the next 2 years is $22 million….

  6. He just isn’t head-coach material, in my clueless opinion. He always seems to mismanage game time/situations (see Colts/Jets playoff game and Peyton Mannin’s expression when he called time-out instead of icing the game) and he hasn’t changed the ‘November/December Collapse’ behavior that the Lions tend to exhibit annually. The problem is, who’s a better option? The Lions seem to be a place coaches go to die. Is it ownership’s fault or just bad timing for 50+ years??? They aren’t Browns-Bad, but they can’t seem to turn the corner while giving hope to Lions fans for half of every season.

  7. If Caldwell is the coach next year I am done. I am 25 year plus Lions fan but it he is not fired I will have to move on. God help us.

  8. Why are Bengals bad? Because everyone runs all over them. Why are Lions bad? Because they can’t run on anyone. It’s not surprising that the Lions couldn’t beat a team they needed to run on when they’ve shown all season they can’t run.

  9. bdshaffer20 says:
    December 24, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Firejerry,

    Da Bears have lost 9 of the last 10 against the Lions…

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    The Lions have only one playoff victory in the past sixty years. The Bears have been beaten by everyone in that four season time span you refer too because they’re rebuilding since the Lovie firing. The Bears have never been 0-16, the Bears have 11 playoff victories and two SB appearances and one SB victory in the past 60 years. But yea, the Lions have beaten the Bears the past few years….

    Overall record the Bears still dominant the Lions, so enjoy it.

    All-time series CHI: leads 97–74–5

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