Caldwell meets new Lions president; coach's future not discussed

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — Coach Jim Caldwell met with Rod Wood, the team's new president, since the Lions announced his hiring Thursday, but the two did not discuss his future.

And despite Caldwell's future being in question as the Lions search for new leadership, the coach said he's not thinking about what will happen after the 2015 season.

"That's the last thing on my mind," he said Friday. "I don't worry about it — never have."

Caldwell has two years left on the four-year deal he signed when the Lions hired him in January 2014. He helped lead the team to an 11-5 finish and a playoff berth in his first season, but the Lions are 2-7 in Year 2 of Caldwell, a start that led the team to fire President Tom Lewand, General Manager Martin Mayhew and three assistant coaches.

Caldwell declined to divulge details of his recent conversation with Wood. Caldwell said Thursday he's seen Wood — who was the chief executive of Ford Estates the past eight years — regularly during his two years as coach.

Wood and the Ford family, with assistance from the NFL's Career Development Advisory Panel, will start looking for the team's new general manager in earnest. Caldwell declined to say what makes a good GM in his mind.

"There is no person that's got any right frame of mind, who's got good sense, that's going to make a decree on what he thinks his boss should look like, act like, think about or anything of that nature," he said. "It doesn't make any sense. It's ridiculous.

"If you've got the right mindset, it doesn't matter (who the GM is)."

Many NFL coaches aspire to have personnel control, but Caldwell said he's not among them.

"I've got my hands full doing what I do and love doing what I do," he said. "I'm not looking for any other added responsibilities."

Coach Jim Caldwell met with new Lions president Rod Wood