The Detroit Lions have fired head coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell has been with the Lions the last four seasons. His overall record with the team ended at 36-28, making him the winning-est coach in Motor City football history.
The announcement was made Monday morning. Although he was not always a fan favorite, Caldwell helped shift the dynamic in Detroit. Being mediocre is no longer acceptable for the teams ownership or fans.
Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford released a statement Monday morning thanking coach Caldwell for all that he has done for the team and the city of Detroit.
Not only did he guide us on the field to three winning seasons, but he also set a standard of excellence off the field that had a tremendous impact on everyone in our organization and our entire community.
It was common knowledge that Ford was a big supporter of Caldwell, many fans were weary that, that loyalty would keep Caldwell around for another year. Monday morning that question was answered.
Our organization is better because of Jim, and we are forever grateful.
Caldwell was hired by ex-Lions general manager Martin Mayhew. It’s likely that Detroit will go after New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who current general manager Bob Quinn worked with during his days in New England.