The Detroit Lions ruffled more than a few feathers around the Motor City when it was announced they’d be retaining the services of head coach Jim Caldwell for the 2017 season.
There have been many who have been calling for yet another change of coaching for the Lions, who suffered another disappointing end to what looked like a promising season. Lions owner Martha Ford expressed full confidence in Caldwell and is giving him the chance to make things right on the field for her team.
What does he have to do in order to be here long term? The obvious choice is easy – win. More specifically, win the big games
The Lions were sitting with a 9-4 record with the chance to win their division and host a playoff game, yet they dropped their final three games of the season, blowing their opportunity. They instead had to go through the meat grinder of playing in Seattle and just like that, their season was over.
Caldwell’s supporters will point to the fact that the Lions have qualified for the playoffs two of the three years he has been here. He’s also well-liked in the locker room and has the support of team general manager Bob Quinn. Caldwell already has the best winning percentage of any Lions coach in a half-century.
The city of Detroit is yearning for a chance to play for a Super Bowl. One playoff victory since Dwight Eisenhower was president eventually starts to wear on a city.
If Jim Caldwell is able to guide the Lions back to the playoffs and put them in a position to make some noise, Lions fans will welcome him back for another year with open arms. But for now, they have every right to remain skeptical of the team’s decision to stay the course for now.