Lions’ Caldwell: ‘I can’t control’ buzz about job security

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Lions head coach Jim Caldwell and team president Rod Wood talks on the field before the game Sunday in Chicago.

Allen Park – This probably isn’t where Jim Caldwell thought he’d be, but after four weeks, the Detroit Lions coach is having to field his first batch of job security questions after his team fell to 1-3 with a 17-14 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Caldwell was asked what he would tell the growing percentage of the fan base clamoring for a change.

“Yeah, well, that’s something I can’t control, in that regard,” Caldwell said. “All I can do is tell you is this same group of men knows how to get things turned around the right way. We have players who are good enough players to get it done. We just have to do a better job.”

While Caldwell can’t directly control fan opinion, on-field success shapes it, and the coach has consistently said he and his staff are responsible for everything that happens on the field.

As for what he’s heard from his bosses, Caldwell said he speaks to them daily, but declined to comment on the specific conversations he’s had with general manager Bob Quinn or the Ford family.

“If (job security) was (discussed), I wouldn’t tell you,” Caldwell said. “That’s one of those things I don’t worry about. My job is to coach this team and to get this team heading in the right direction.”

Caldwell remains confident the Lions can salvage the season, drawing inspiration from last year’s 6-2 finish after starting the year 1-7.

“No question about,” he said. “I’m not in doubt about that. It’s just a matter how quickly. That’s the key. We need to get it done now.”

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