The Detroit Lions announced that they will retain head coach Jim Caldwell next season.
Despite his team struggling down the stretch and losing a grip on a division lead, which cost them a potential division title, Caldwell has been mostly successful posting a 27-21 record in three seasons with Detroit. Caldwell’s .562 winning percentage is the best for a Lions coach during the Super Bowl era and is the best since Buddy Parker, who posted a 50-24-2 record as head coach from 1951 to 1956.
Caldwell has been credited with the development of quarterback Matthew Stafford, who posted his best seasons while with Caldwell.
Caldwell has deflected questions recently regarding his status with the Lions.
“Job questions come no matter what in our business,” Caldwell said last wee. “That’s just kind of the way it is. They happen to you when you’re winning it all. They happen to you when you’re struggling.
“It’s just kind of the nature of the business, so you have to understand that they are going to come.”