On Monday morning, the Detroit Lions announced that Jim Caldwell would not be returning as head coach in 2018. It was also reported that offensive line coach Ron Prince had also been relieved of his duties.
DETROIT LIONS FIRE HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL
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Just moments ago, Lions owner Martha Ford released the following statement, thanking Caldwell for his service to the organization. Ford not only referred to Caldwell as “one of the finest leaders” the team has ever had but also pointed out the impact he had on his players, not just as a coach, but as a role model.
Via Detroit Lions:
“On behalf of my family and the Lions organization I would like to thank Jim Caldwell for his exemplary leadership and service to our team and our community over the past four years.
“I believe Jim is one of the finest leaders we’ve ever had as our head coach. Not only did he guide us on the field to three winning seasons, but he also set a standard of excellence off the field that had a tremendous impact on everyone in our organization and our entire community.
“As many of our players have already said, his influence on them transcended the game of football and will positively serve them throughout their lives.
“Our organization is better because of Jim, and we are forever grateful. We wish Jim, his wife Cheryl and the entire Caldwell family all the best that life can offer.”
Though Caldwell was not able to produce a championship like we had all hoped for, there is no question about it that he is a man we can all look up to.