After a lackluster Detroit Lions season, Jim Caldwell didn’t have a chance of staying with the team.
With the outcome of the Green Bay game inconsequential, Jim Caldwell’s chances of keeping his job were pretty slim. Though Detroit does have a habit of holding on to coaches long after their welcome is worn out… He has done some great things for this team, and especially Matthew Stafford, but these last two seasons have not been impressive, to say the least. Owner of the Detroit Lions, Martha Ford, a widely known Caldwell fan, had a decision to make.
For starters, his contract was already set to be re-evaluated at the end of the 2017 season, so there was no guarantee of a job for Caldwell. Secondly, the failure of the Detroit Lions to reach the playoffs for two years in a row didn’t spell out much certainty either. Though Jim Caldwell didn’t waste his time worrying about an outcome that he couldn’t change.
He was questioned about it before the firing and replied, “It depends on what the Lord has planned for me. What about that?”
However, some believed that Caldwell was a good fit for the Lions and that it would be a shame to lose him over the results of two measly seasons. According to The Detroit Athletic, he took the Lions to the playoffs “twice in his first three seasons and… his .556 winning percentage is the best among full-time Lions coaches since Buddy Parker roamed the sidelines from 1951-56.”
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. It appears the Lions already have some potential head coaches lined up. I always liked Jim Caldwell, but sometimes, when it’s time to move on, it’s time. Here’s to a more successful 2018 season!
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