Jim Caldwell Returning Isn’t A Big Deal

Jim Caldwell Returning Isn’t A Big Deal

When Bob Quinn was hired last year to take over as the Detroit Lions’ general manager he knew he had a lot to deal with. Retaining Head Coach Jim Caldwell was one of the very first things he did.

Now, according to Adam Schefter, he is doing the same thing.

Caldwell will return for the 2017 season. How long Quinn will sign him for is another question, but I’m not too concerned about that at the moment. In fact, I’m not concerned about him returning at all.

It’s easy to put a lot of the blame for the recent losing streak on Caldwell — actually, I’m okay with him receiving blame as his in-game adjustments (if any) are barely noticeable, but it’s key injuries down the stretch that have been the biggest cause of the team’s downturn.

Theo Riddick, Travis Swanson and Darius Slay have had their share of injuries this year, and unfortunately they were right at the time the Lions needed them the most. Slay was able to play against Green Bay, but he clearly wasn’t completely healthy. Riddick is now on the IR and Swanson is slowly coming out of the concussion protocol. These guys have been some of Detroit’s best this year, and losing them at this vital part in the season hurt the Lions more than Caldwell.

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But the main reason I have faith in Caldwell coming back is because of one man — Bob Quinn.

Quinn comes from a winning culture and he’s working diligently to duplicate that culture with the Lions. He had a great first draft and made good free agent signings in Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin, two guys the Lions badly needed heading into the season. Solidifying a starting left tackle and defensive tackle in the first two rounds of the draft with Taylor Decker and A’Shawn Robinson only helped Quinn look even more prepared for the job. These acquisitions have shaped the Lions’ 2016 season for the better.

The Lions have hope for the future. We say “maybe next year” all the time in regards to this franchise, but it’s a legitimate saying now. With another draft by Quinn to help fix the team’s obvious problems — secondary, pass rush and running back — this team will be expected to be better and do more next year.

Some people may not like Caldwell returning, but it’s hard to let someone go that has made the playoffs in two of his three years on the job, and was damn close to making it the season, 2015, the Lions didn’t make it.

This is the best the Lions have ever looked in my years of existence, so let’s roll with the punches for now and give it one or two more years before we can fully evaluate Caldwell as a coach and Quinn as a general manager. But for now, it’s not as bad as some may think.

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