Lozon’s Last Thoughts: Jim Caldwell Continues The Blunders

Lozon’s Last Thoughts: Jim Caldwell Continues The Blunders

This happens more frequently than it doesn’t — the Detroit Lions go on a nice winning streak, only to have that blown by either a bad decision by Jim Caldwell, or a bad no-call by Caldwell.

The Lions lost at Houston Sunday 20-13 — I was the only person to predict that in our preview — but this game isn’t because Stafford couldn’t lead another comeback; in fact, he was on the verge of doing so yet again. It’s all because of Caldwell.

With just under three minutes left in the game after a Matt Prater field goal made it a seven-point game, Caldwell, with all three timeouts and the two-minute warning stoppage, decides to go for an onside kick.

Read that again, because if you can’t believe that and you didn’t see the game, I don’t blame you. It was tough witnessing it on television.

The Lions try the onside kick and obviously do not get possession. Houston runs out the clock, burns the Lions’ timeouts and the two-minute warning and wins the game.

Why not kick the ball deep, rely on your defense and try to force a punt? Three words: Jim bleeping Caldwell. That’s why.

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To be fair, the decision-making from Caldwell this season hasn’t been as bad as in past years. I loved the aggressive nature of going for it on fourth down early in the game. I also loved the increased use of Theo Riddick and Eric Ebron this week. What I did not love was the onside kick attempt. Too much time was left on the clock and anything could’ve happened.

Another instance where Caldwell pulled a no-no was on a clear fumble by DeAndre Hopkins that wasn’t ruled a fumble by those incompetent NFL officials. Caldwell could have challenged the play but opted not to. The Texans got a field goal on that drive, but had he challenged the play, the Lions would’ve taken over possession and potentially scored.

But these are all “what ifs” in this case. Caldwell didn’t challenge the fumble and he didn’t kick the ball deep. So what now?

Now we play the waiting game. If these things continue to happen and the Lions finish below .500 again, Caldwell will not and should not have a job with the Lions next season. The three-game winning streak was nice, but you have to be able to win road games and make consistently smart decisions. I haven’t seen either of those things this season; in fact, the Lions have only won one road game all season — Week 1 in Indianapolis.

They’ll get another chance next week against the struggling division leading Minnesota Vikings. Talk about MUST WIN GAMES.

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Bob Quinn has already pulled the plug on the failed Kyle Van Noy project, a project that Martin Mayhew began by using a second-round pick on him. You bet your ass he will pull the plug on the head coach of the team, too.

But when the man below is your head coach, that doesn’t really make the decision difficult, either.

Now What Do The Detroit Lions Do?

 

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