According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, several people around the league believe Lions GM Bob Quinn could consider making a coaching change if the Lions lose to the Packers tonight and miss out on the playoffs.
La Canfora admits that Quinn has built a strong rapport with HC Jim Caldwell after working with him the past few seasons. However, La Canfora points to Quinn’s close ties to Patriots coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia and adds that this could be his only opportunity to hire one of them, given that they could both secure new opportunities at some point in the near future.
While it’s still possible the Lions could make the playoffs, even by losing to the Packers tonight, a loss would be their third straight and La Canfora believes it’s possible they could moving in a new direction if they miss the playoffs.
If the Lions’ head-coaching job were to be available, La Canfora expects it to be among the most sought-after openings for the top coaching candidates, particular offensive-minded coaches given the presence of QB Matthew Stafford.
Caldwell, 61, was hired as the Lions head coach back in 2014 and has led them to a record of 27-20 (57.4) over the course of three seasons, which includes one playoff appearance.
We’ll have more regarding the Lions and potential changes as the news is available.