Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell managed to save his job after all.
Caldwell looked like a dead man walking when the Lions got off to a 1-7 start, and again when the team sent out the wrong defense to defend an Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary pass in early December.
However, Detroit went 6-2 in the second half of the season, and after his 11-5 record in 2014, that was enough to earn him a third year on the job.
“As I stated Monday, I was looking forward to getting to know Jim,” said new Lions general manager Bob Quinn in a statement. “After spending a significant amount of time together, it is clear that our football philosophies are very similar.
“Consequently, I am convinced he is the right man to lead our football team moving forward.”
That had been speculation that, given his long tenure with Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots, Quinn might be waiting for them to finish their season in order to hire offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels or defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
“I am obviously thrilled that I will continue to lead this football team,” Caldwell said in a separate statement. “I genuinely appreciate the faith Bob has shown in me, and I really look forward to working together.”