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Lions' Caldwell passes on contract talk

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Allen Park — Even though talking about it could no longer be considered a distraction, Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell continues to have no interest in talking about his contract.

The Lions have committed to Caldwell coaching the team in 2017, but haven’t commented on a possible extension for the coach as he enters the final season of his four-year deal.

Caldwell cut off the first question on the topic during Monday’s news conference and deflected when asked about his expectations for an extension.

“Once again it’s really not about me,” Caldwell said. “We don’t talk about those things anyway. We just kind of focus in on what’s at hand, and right now we’re getting ready to go into our evaluation phase and try to look for ways that we can improve our team.”

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In three season with the franchise, Caldwell has posted a 27-21 record in the regular season, leading the team to the playoffs twice. The Lions have made early exits on both trips, losing in the wild-card round.

This will be Caldwell’s second season working under general manager Bob Quinn. The coach expects a smoother operation this offseason.

“I think that any time that you’re working with someone that you hadn’t worked with before, there’s always going to be a good sense of trying to get a feel for how things are done and those kinds of things,” Caldwell said. “But once you’ve gone through it once, you have certainly a much, much better feel and the second year, obviously, you’re still improving upon things.”

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