Detroit Lions fire coach Jim Caldwell

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 31: Head coach Jim Caldwell of the Detroit Lions watches his team against the Green Bay Packers during the first half at Ford Field on December 31, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

DETROIT, Mich. – The Jim Caldwell coaching era in Detroit is over.

Detroit Lions General Manager Bob Quinn has told Caldwell that he won’t be back as Lions head coach next year.  The team made the announcement to fans on Twitter Monday morning.

Caldwell coached for four seasons in Detroit, compiling a 36-28 record.  In two of those four seasons, the Lions made the NFL playoffs, but lost in the opening round both years.  In only one of his four season, did Caldwell post a losing record, 7-9 in 2015.

This season, the Lions finished 9-7, same as in 2016, but the team made the playoffs in 2016. When Caldwell was hired, the Lions had had only one winning season in a 13-season stretch.

Caldwell had been given a contract extension at the beginning of this season.

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3 comments

  • Old Bob

    Good. He is too predictable to be at NFL coach. I know nothing about game strategy. I can even tell what the next play will be. The only time the Lions make any really progress on the field is when they are in the hurry up mode and Matthew Stafford is calling the plays from the field. I wonder if Jim Caldwell ever considered the possibility other teams watched game tapes, it’s the same plays over and over again with him.

  • R. Brown

    Another coach comes and goes. They draft big time players, and yet the mediocrity remains. Through all the years of coaching changes, key players coming and going and mediocrity the only thing that has remained constant is the ownership. Perhaps that’s what really needs to change so the devoted Lion’s fans can get the caliber of winning team they deserve,

    • Clucko

      The Lions are owned by a businesswoman who cares only about the number of people that show up at Ford Field every Sunday the Lions are in town. That’s a big part of the problem. I think Caldwell is a good coach, but too nice to the prima donnas on the team. Part of the reason for Vince Lombardi’s success in Green Bay was summed up by Packer defensive team member, Willie Davis. Regarding race and favoritism, Lombardi showed none. As Davis said, “He treated us all the same….like dogs.”. Caldwell needs a little Lombardi.