Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford released the following statement regarding the decision to fire HC Jim Caldwell.
“On behalf of my family and the Lions organization I would like to thank Jim Caldwell for his exemplary leadership and service to our team and our community over the past four years.
“I believe Jim is one of the finest leaders we’ve ever had as our head coach. Not only did he guide us on the field to three winning seasons, but he also set a standard of excellence off the field that had a tremendous impact on everyone in our organization and our entire community.
“As many of our players have already said, his influence on them transcended the game of football and will positively serve them throughout their lives.
“Our organization is better because of Jim, and we are forever grateful. We wish Jim, his wife Cheryl and the entire Caldwell family all the best that life can offer.”
The Detroit Lions announced Monday that they’ve fired HC Jim Caldwell.
Detroit Lions General Manager Bob Quinn has informed Jim Caldwell that he will not be returning as head coach.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) January 1, 2018
Caldwell, 62, began his head coaching career with the Colts back in 2009 after taking over for Tony Dungy. He spent three years in charge of Indianapolis before he was fired after the 2011 season.
After a stint with the Ravens as their offensive coordinator, the Lions hired him as their head coach in 2015.
Overall, Caldwell has led the Lions to a record of 36-28 (56.3 percent), which includes two playoff appearances.