Caldwell to remain Lions coach under new regime


The Detroit Lions' strong finish to the 2015 season was enough to save Jim Caldwell's job.

Detroit announced Caldwell has been retained as head coach after going 18-15 in two seasons in charge.

Caldwell has two years remaining on his contract and the Lions have decided to stick with him after installing a new front office staff led by general manager Bob Quinn.

"After spending a significant amount of time together, it is clear that our football philosophies are very similar," Quinn said in a statement. "It's clear to me that this team believes in him and responds positively to his leadership."

Caldwell's status seemed tenuous through the early part of the season as the Lions sputtered to a 1-7 start that cost team president Tom Lewand and GM Martin Mayhew their jobs.

The Lions won six of their final eight games, but the Week 13 defeat to the Green Bay Packers on a last-play Hail Mary set up by a Detroit penalty was particularly brutal.

Caldwell, who turns 61 on Saturday, was previously fired by the Indianapolis Colts after going 2-14 in 2011 as Peyton Manning sat out the entire season following neck surgery.

Coming on the heels of a Super Bowl appearance in Caldwell's first season as a head coach and a 10-6 showing and first-round playoff loss in 2010, that decline was enough to prompt the Colts to make a change.

Overall, Caldwell is 46-39 as an NFL head coach, including a 2-3 playoff mark. He also went 26-63 as Wake Forest's coach from 1993-2000.