When will Lions coach Jim Caldwell be fired?
It’s still early in Caldwell’s second season with the Lions, but that doesn’t mean the organization isn’t already thinking about the future.
And while Caldwell’s role has not been a priority, there are some questions about what exactly he’s supposed to do with the team’s current roster.
“Jim is a great coach,” general manager Bob Quinn told reporters this week.
“He’s got the most success as a head coach in the history of this organization.
I think we’re going to do what’s best for this organization, and I think that’s a great way to start.”
Quinn said he hasn’t talked to Caldwell about the position yet, but the team is “trying to be in his ear right now.”
“We’re not sure yet,” Quinn said.
“We’re trying to figure that out right now.
And obviously, it’s up to Jim.
We’re all on the same page.”
Caldwell, however, is far from done with his tenure.
Caldwell is scheduled to begin his fourth season with Detroit, but he’s not exactly in a position to leave anytime soon.
His contract expires in 2020, but Quinn said the Lions could work with Caldwell on extending his deal if he decides to stay in Detroit beyond that.
“I think he wants to stay.
I don’t think he would ever walk away,” Quinn told the Detroit Free Press this week.”
I think the fans want him here.
I know he’s looking forward to it.
I’m sure the organization wants him here, and that’s what we’re trying, and we’re hoping, that he’ll be here.”
Caps coach Eddie Lack said Caldwell has already made it clear he wants a long-term deal, but there’s no timetable for his return.
“It’s not up to him.
I mean, he wants the opportunity to win,” Lack told reporters on Wednesday.
“I think everybody wants to win.
We’ve talked about it.
And we’ll just have to see how he responds to that.
He’s obviously got a lot of great players here.
And the opportunity is there.”
The Lions were without star running back Ameer Abdullah, who suffered a season-ending injury during preseason training camp, while guard Jahvid Best missed the team with a concussion.
They were also without defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who has been on injured reserve since the start of the season.
The Lions have also been without starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, who injured his right ankle in the second half of the preseason.
That led to speculation that Caldwell might be the only head coach on the roster who could help him play through the injury.
Caldwell has since said he will be ready to play for the Lions this season, but has said that he hasn�t ruled out returning to the NFL.
He said during his weekly news conference that he will “continue to make decisions” and would not rule out a return to the league in the future, but didn�t offer any further details.