The news coming out of Detroit is that the Lions will be retaining Head Coach Jim Caldwell, per Ian Rapoport. In his two seasons in Detroit, Caldwell has amassed an 18 – 14 record, with one playoff appearance. Doubt had been cast on Caldwell’s job security after a disappointing start to the season, which resulted in the firing of Joe Lombardi, the team’s offensive coordinator, and GM Martin Mayhew, as well as Team President Tom Lewand. Things appeared to improve in the second half of the season with Jim Bob Cooter at Offensive Coordinator, and incoming General Manager Bob Quinn – former director of pro scouting at the New England Patriots – has decided to retain Caldwell after players spoke up in support of their coach. The Lions’ terrible start to the year was a surprise to many, who expected them to continue from the previous season, but after the loss of key players including Ndamukong Suh the losses piled up, culminating in a 45 – 10 destruction at the hands of the Chiefs at Wembley with their sole win a victory over the Bears. Moving forward, the Lions will be looking to continue in the manner of the second half of this season, and if they can, they will be a distinct playoff contender next year.