Lions sticking with plan to let new GM decide on Caldwell

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
San Francisco coach Jim Tomsula and Lions coach Jim Caldwell shake hands after Sunday's game.

Detroit — Lions owner and chairwoman Martha Firestone Ford declined an interview request after the team's 32-17 win Sunday as she exited an elevator in the basement at Ford Field.

But, a few minutes later, Lions president Rod Wood provided one response about the future of the team, saying, "Yes," when asked if the next general manager will make a decision about coach Jim Caldwell's future, staying in line with the plan he mentioned when the team hired him in November.

In his second year with the Lions, Caldwell's future is in doubt with new leadership coming in, as many new GMs like to pick their first coach. Caldwell seems to be well liked within the Ford family. But if the new GM is the one making the decision, the Lions' 5-2 record in the second half clearly hasn't been enough to secure his future for certain.

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Although Wood answered the question about Caldwell, he declined to provide an update on the search, including whether or not the team has scheduled any interviews. Candidates who are employed by other teams cannot interview until their season is over -- either next week or into the playoffs.

Caldwell has typically declined to discuss his future, but on a question about wide receiver Calvin Johnson's time in Detroit, the coach acknowledged that his is unclear.

"You guys expect me to talk into the future," Caldwell said. "I don't even have my bosses — who knows what's going to happen there at this point? Don't ask me questions I don't have answers to."