Detroit Lions have officially parted ways with Head Coach Jim Caldwell as of 7:30 am this morning, less than 24 hours after leading the Lions to their 3rd winning season in four years. Coach Caldwell leaves with a record of 36-28 (0-2 playoffs) with the Lions, making him the first coach since 1964 to be fired by Detroit with a winning record.
The rumor mill has had Coach Caldwell on the hot seat since 2015 when Bob Quinn was hired as general manager. Despite his winning record, expectations are higher in Detroit to move away from mediocrity. The 0-2 playoff record and inability to win the big games (2016 week 17 versus Green Bay, this season to Minnesota on Thanksgiving) when the team needed them was the downfall of the former coach. Bob Quinn, formerly from New England, will now begin the search for his new Head Coach, and word is Patriots DC Matt Patricia is already a front-runner for the position.
The Detroit Lions also let go of offensive line coach Ron Prince this morning after finishing last in rushing offense this season. It appears average is no longer good enough in Detroit.