Detroit Lions to keep Coach Jim Caldwell

Posted at 9:21 AM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 08:47:33-05

– The Detroit Lions have announced they are keeping Head Coach Jim Caldwell after two years on the job.

General Manager Bob Quinn, hired earlier this week, made the announcement Friday morning in a statement released by the team.

“As I stated Monday, I was looking forward to the opportunity to get to know Jim,” Quinn said in a statement released by the team. “After spending a significant amount of time together, it is clear that our football philosophies are very similar. Consequently, I am convinced he is the right man to lead our football team moving forward.”

“Jim’s entire body of work is impressive. Not only did he lead the Lions to the playoffs his first season here, but when you look at how the players responded the second half of last season, under difficult circumstances, it’s clear to me that this team believes in him and responds positively to his leadership.

“Our entire focus now is on the offseason and all that it entails.”

Caldwell led the Lions to an 11-5 record in his first season and an appearance in the playoffs, where the team lost in the first-round to Dallas.  This past year, the Lions were 7-9, but finished the season 6-2.