Caldwell says he's not dwelling on season's 'what ifs'

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — If Jim Caldwell has received any assurances about his future, he wasn't sharing them Monday.

But, as he concluded an 18-minute, season-ending news conference, Caldwell shared the goal he'd like to see through next season in discussing the Lions' shortcomings in 2015.

"You can always look back and say what if … but I just think that's a waste of time," he said. "I think that's what you guys (the media) do. That's your job to look back. That's not my job.

"My job is to look forward and see if we can get this team playing better. That's the key."

Caldwell, who will approach his job as usual until told otherwise, successfully found a way to help his team play better in the second half of 2015. After a 1-7 start, the Lions finished 6-2, and he said he was proud of the players' ability to overcome their early problems.

Two obvious losses — at Seattle and against Green Bay — stand out that could've helped the Lions reach the playoffs. Both included questionable officiating calls in the waning moments, but Caldwell said he doesn't dwell on the past.

"I don't look back and say what if," he said. "There's a lot of those. I wish I had bought Microsoft way back when, too."

Now, as the Lions search for a new general manager, Caldwell will await a decision on his future. He has two years left on his contract and at 18-14, he's won more games than any other Lions coach in his first two seasons.

Caldwell said he didn't take pride in overcoming adversity because it's part of the job. However, he lauded the players for the turnaround in the second half, though he said he doesn't know how it'll impact his standing.

"It's not my concern, sir," he said. "We have a job to do. We do our job, and we let the chips fall as they may."