Contract extension won't keep Jim Caldwell off the hot seat

Ruben Hill
December 10, 2017

Caldwell's job was in question at the end of the 2016 season, when the Lions lost three straight games to close the regular season, but still made the playoffs because lost in Week 17.

The extension itself was a freakish thing, because it was not actually revealed that Caldwell inked the deal until September of THIS year.

Earlier in the year, there were rumors that Caldwell had received a multi-year contract extension from the Lions that went beyond the 2018-19 campaign, meaning that his job would be safe going forward.

In terms relative to his entire head coaching career, Caldwell has a 59-49 career record between the Lions and Indianapolis Colts.

Caldwell, 62, has led the Lions to a 6-6 record this season in his fourth year in Detroit.

As PFT Live co-host Chris Simms mentioned last week (I think we were in a break at the time but who knows?), former NFL coach Bill Parcells used to say that, regardless of how little owners know about football, they can count to 11. According to the report, the extension is only guaranteed for the 2018 season, with an option for 2019, indicating there's less guaranteed money than originally perceived.

In fact, Caldwell's extension is merely for one year, sources say, with an option following next season. Which puts Jim Caldwell in grave danger of not returning.

Given Caldwell a token extension preventing him from being a lame duck coach is the kind of thing an owner does for a well-liked coach. They probably need to win out, plus get at least two losses from at least two other wild-card contenders to have a shot. The Lions are still in the playoff hunt, although those dreams are hanging on by a thread, and Bob Quinn and Rod Wood declined the opportunity to comment on Caldwell's future before today's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If the Lions struggle down the stretch, the contract extension won't be in the way of making a change.

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