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Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (62) / 1/16/1955

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Lions signed coach Jim Caldwell to a multi-year extension.
Caldwell entered this season as a lame-duck coach, but the Lions had a deal in place for months. There was speculation over his job security under GM Bob Quinn, who didn't hire Caldwell and has no ties to the Martin Mayhew regime. Caldwell has a 29-21 record and pair of Wild Card berths in his three-plus seasons in Detroit, though the Lions have been a middling offense under him and backed into the 2016 playoffs. Caldwell's extension leaves Marvin Lewis as the only coach remaining on an expiring deal. Sep 23 - 5:07 PM

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ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein wrote there is "no indication" coach Jim Caldwell will get an extension before the season.

Entering the final year of his deal, that means Caldwell will be a lame-duck coach, which is something NFL teams usually try to avoid. Caldwell has a 27-21 record with the Lions and two playoff appearances, but he was around before GM Bob Quinn, who could be looking for a reason to bring in "his guy." Caldwell needs a good showing this season.
Source: ESPN
Aug 31 - 9:35 AM

The Lions have confirmed coach Jim Caldwell will be back with the team in 2017.

Caldwell's hold on the Lions' job has been tenuous, especially since new GM Bob Quinn was hired last year at this time. Caldwell isn't Quinn's "guy". But he has guided the Lions to a pair of Wild Card berths in his three seasons as the team's head coach. Detroit did collapse enough to the point where they blew the NFC North title this year with a Week 17 loss to the Packers, who won six straight to take the crown. Caldwell has gone 27-21 through three seasons with the Lions.
Jan 4 - 9:02 AM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett believes a "late-season collapse" could cost Lions coach Jim Caldwell his job.

The Lions are currently tied for first in the NFC North, but they are only 5-4 and have trailed in the fourth quarter of every game this season. Even with a favorable schedule, it would be difficult to call anything that happens from this point on a collapse considering they are lucky to have five wins. Still, Detroit is in good position to nab a playoff spot, and anything less would be a minor disappointment, one that could feasibly cost Caldwell his job.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 12:13:00 PM

New Lions GM Bob Quinn said he and coach Jim Caldwell's philosophies "meshed."

"I went into (the interview process) with an open mind," Quinn said. "We had a series of meetings. It wasn’t just one day or one hour. It was over a couple of days and a dozen hours. Really, get to know you sessions. My philosophy and his philosophy meshed. So we could build this team." Quinn also complimented Caldwell's integrity and cited continuity as an important reason the coach was retained. Quinn is making changes, however. Most of the strength and conditioning staff was fired along with longtime scout Scott McEwen.
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 09:40:00 AM

The Lions will retain coach Jim Caldwell.

New GM Bob Quinn did some research on Caldwell and has decided to stick with the 61-year-old (tomorrow) for another season. "It’s clear to me that this team believes in him and responds positively to his leadership," Quinn said. Caldwell's leash will most likely be extremely short. His return is viewed as a positive for Calvin Johnson's potential retirement decision. It also ensures the return of OC Jim Bob Cooter, whose in-season promotion coincided with Matthew Stafford's red-hot finish.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 09:39:00 AM

Profootballtalk reports Lions coach Jim Caldwell remains in limbo.

New GM Bob Quinn was introduced on Monday, but he's taking his time making a decision on his head coach. Six teams have already hired new head coaches, while Tennessee remains on the lookout. Even if Quinn wants to move on from Caldwell, the dried-up market might not allow it.
Thu, Jan 14, 2016 07:52:00 PM

New Lions GM Bob Quinn acknowledges that he's yet to decide coach Jim Caldwell's fate.

Quinn said he just met Caldwell on Monday morning, and doesn't know when they'll have a longer meeting. The fact that Quinn declined to endorse his incumbent coach at his introductory presser speaks volumes. We'd guess Caldwell gets a pink slip this week.
Mon, Jan 11, 2016 02:14:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said "it doesn't look good" for coach Jim Caldwell to remain in Detroit.

Caldwell is meeting with new GM Bob Quinn Monday. Lions ownership reportedly wants to retain Caldwell, but Quinn likely wants to bring in his own people. The statuses of OC Jim Bob Cooter and DC Teryl Austin are even more muddled. Both are up-and-coming coaches the Lions likely want to retain.
Mon, Jan 11, 2016 11:12:00 AM

The Lions are expected to make a decision Sunday on whether to keep head coach Jim Caldwell.

Caldwell traveled back to Detroit this weekend to meet with new GM Bob Quinn. The Lions got off to a dismal 1-7 start but finished strong by winning six of their last eight games this season. Quinn was previously the director of pro scouting for the Patriots, which means he has ties to possible head coaching candidates Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia. Including a playoff loss to Dallas last year, Caldwell is 18-15 in his two seasons with Detroit.
Sun, Jan 10, 2016 08:31:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Lions coach Jim Caldwell's job is not safe.

Ownership reportedly wants to retain Caldwell, but they will leave the decision up to new GM Bob Quinn, who has no known ties to the veteran coach. The best arguments for retaining Caldwell are the Lions' turnaround over the second half of the season and the possibility of retaining OC Jim Bob Cooter and DC Teryl Austin, although Austin is a strong candidate for several head-coaching positions. Quinn could go his own way, however, making former colleagues Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia interesting names to watch.
Sat, Jan 9, 2016 10:52:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Lions ownership wants to retain coach Jim Caldwell.

Caldwell seemed all but fired when the Lions cleaned out the front office in November, but Detroit turned its season around after the bye and has a good shot to finish the season with six wins in its final eight games. The new general manager in Detroit will ultimately have final say, but ownership's desire to retain Caldwell should lead them to select a GM who feels the same. Caldwell has two great assistants in OC Jim Bob Cooter and DC Teryl Austin, and keeping Caldwell around just to keep those two on staff makes a lot of sense.
Source: ESPN
Sun, Jan 3, 2016 11:03:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Jim Caldwell has been told he will remain the Lions coach.

This report probably should be followed with "for now." With the entire front office set to be remade, Caldwell is likely just a placeholder until the new organization finds their coach. Caldwell has a 14-26 record in three seasons as a head coach without Peyton Manning.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 12:37:00 PM

Jim Caldwell said he expects to remain the Lions' head coach following the team's 45-10 Week 8 loss to the Chiefs in London.

It would be surprising if Caldwell said anything else, but it is important to remember Caldwell said there would be no changes to the coaching staff just hours before ex-OC Joe Lombardi was fired. Detroit's talent is overrated, but the inability of an "offensive coach" like Caldwell to create an even competent offense is concerning. It would not be a surprise if Detroit emerges from the bye week with a new coach.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 01:44:00 PM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell says he hasn't considered taking over play-calling duties from OC Joe Lombardi.

The Lions' offense has been stuck in neutral so far this season, with Matthew Stafford combining shambolic passing with a go-nowhere running game. Caldwell believes it's an "execution" issue, but at the very least, the personnel need to be changed at running back. There's no reason Joique Bell should continue to get inside carries over Ameer Abdullah.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 02:37:00 PM

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