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Detroit Lions dismiss Jim Caldwell as head coach

Jim Caldwell has been let go by the Detroit Lions after a disappointing 9-7 season.

01 Jan 2018, 18:30 IST
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The Detroit Lions have dismissed head coach Jim Caldwell after four seasons.

Caldwell, 62, had just one losing campaign in four years in the position, but was defeated in his only two postseason games.

Detroit went 9-7 this season, finishing with a 35-11 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, though they failed to earn a place in the playoffs.

A statement from the Lions' official Twitter account read: "Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn has informed Jim Caldwell that he will not be returning as head coach.

Caldwell went 36-28 as the Lions coach and, prior to taking over in 2014, was 26-22 in three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He helped lead the Colts to the Super Bowl in 2009, his first year, but Peyton Manning's neck injury that cost him the 2011 season resulted in a 2-14 campaign and Caldwell's firing. 

Because of Quinn's ties to the New England Patriots, with whom he spent 16 seasons, the Lions are expected to pursue defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to replace Caldwell. 

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