Detroit Lions common supervisor Bob Quinn holds his season-ending information convention Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Allen Park. Video by Carlos Monarrez / DFP

The Detroit Lions did not announce their intention to convey Jim Caldwell again for a fourth season as head coach till after they backed into the playoffs, however basic supervisor Bob Quinn indicated Thursday that call was made earlier than a postseason berth was in hand.

“I actually consider in his strategy to managing the workforce, how he practices the workforce, how he maintains the well being of the group,” Quinn defined in his finish-of-season information convention Thursday. “So, pay attention, profitable 9 video games is sweet. It’s not ok. However I felt actually snug with the best way issues went this yr. I’m wanting ahead to 2017 with Jim.”

Caldwell led the Lions to a 9-7 report this yr, however the Lions misplaced three straight video games to finish the common season and reached the playoffs solely after the New York Giants beat Washington in Week 17.

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The Lions introduced that Caldwell would return as head coach three days after they ended their common season with a 31-24 loss to the Inexperienced Bay Packers, and three days earlier than they misplaced to the Seattle Seahawks, 26-6, in a wildcard playoff recreation.

Quinn cited a robust working relationship with Caldwell, courting again to when he was employed as GM final January, and Caldwell’s “constant message” to gamers as the reason why he retained Caldwell.

Requested if he nonetheless felt snug with that call given the Lions’ zero-four end, Quinn stated, “Completely.”

“I didn’t know coach Caldwell a yr in the past,” Quinn stated. “I sat down with him for some time and we talked for a few days again final January, and day by day Jim is absolutely very constant and I actually loved working with him, I actually loved the day-to-day interactions that we now have, that are a number of. I imply, the rug between my workplace and his workplace will get worn out between the 2 of us. So it’s a very nice working relationship and I actually have a terrific really feel in with the ability to see him cope with the workforce, beginning again with the OTAs into the season, coaching camp, and it’s a constant message. And I actually assume that’s what you want as a head coach. You’ll be able to’t have a head coach that’s too excessive or too low.”

For now, Caldwell has only one yr remaining on the 4-yr contract he signed in 2014.

Neither he nor Quinn commented on the potential of an extension this week, although Quinn stated Thursday that the potential for having a lame-duck coach is “nothing that we have to keep away from.”

As for the Lions’ late-season droop, Quinn stated losses to the Seahawks, Packers, New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys have been “eye-opening.” The Lions misplaced to these 4 groups — all NFC playoff groups — by a mixed fifty nine factors and failed to attain a landing in two of the 4 video games.

“That’s our competitors going ahead,” Quinn stated. “I imply, the Dallas Cowboys aren’t going to get abruptly worse. The Inexperienced Bay Packers aren’t going to be any worse, so each staff strives to get higher and it was eye-opening. It was like, ‘OK, nicely, we misplaced to these 4 groups.’ Subsequent yr, hopefully we’ll be enjoying significant video games towards them once more and issues are totally different.”

Nonetheless, Quinn stated he is assured Caldwell is a coach who can take the Lions to the Tremendous Bowl.

“Jim has an incredible quantity of expertise,” Quinn stated. “He (was) a Tremendous Bowl-profitable coach (as an assistant) in Indianapolis, he has an awesome really feel for the group, (is) very nicely rounded. I really feel, you watch Jim at follow, I do know you guys are solely there for the primary 15 or 20 minutes, however he can coach any place on the workforce. And the opposite good factor, he lets his coaches coach. He’s not a micromanager. He does an awesome job implementing what he thinks will work for the staff that week, and his coaches coach, he oversees, and I feel that’s a very nice method to win a soccer group.”

Contact Dave Birkett: Comply with him on Twitter @davebirkett.

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