Beloit native Jim Caldwell will not join the list of NFL coaching casualties this offseason. The Lions announced Friday the Beloit native will be retained as head coach.
The decision was made by Lions new general manager Mike Quinn. Quinn made the following statement on the Lions website, “After spending a significant amount of time together, it is clear that our football philosophies are very similar. Consequently, I am convinced he is the right man to lead our football team moving forward.”
Caldwell made the following statement which also appeared on the Lions website, “I am obviously thrilled that I will continue to lead this football team,” Caldwell said. “I genuinely appreciate the faith Bob has shown in me, and I really look forward to working together.”
“As I’ve said before, I truly love coaching the Lions and, while I’ve only been here two years, I have grown to love our fans, the City of Detroit, and the people of Detroit and Michigan.
“Their loyalty and passion is incredible and we want nothing more than to bring them a championship.”
Caldwell’s job security came under question last season when the Lions lost six of their first seven games. But they finished strong with a 7-9 record. The Lions won 11 games in Caldwell’s first season as head coach.