The Detroit Lions' offseason officially began on Friday after the team made the important move of hiring their next general manager, Bob Quinn. Now that the first domino has fallen, attention shifts to Jim Caldwell and the rest of the coaching staff. Momentum seemed to going in Caldwell's favor, as public opinion drastically shifted in the last month of the season. But throughout the process, the Lions maintained that Caldwell's employment would be 100 percent up to the new general manager.
So what will Quinn do? There are conflicting reports out there on Caldwell's future.
Late Friday night, a report emerged from a Mike O'Hara story that a New England Patriots insider believed Quinn's plan was to retain Caldwell for another year.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press -- although admitting he did not know -- seemed to be leaning in the same direction:
I don't know what's happening with Caldwell, but I think most likely scenario is both are back at this point https://t.co/FfauXM534E— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) January 9, 2016
But on Saturday morning, Ian Rapoport revealed Caldwell's job security may not be so strong:
A big topic of discussion on @NFLGameDay today: New #Lions GM Bob Quinn will evaluate the coaching situation. Coach Jim Caldwell NOT safe.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 9, 2016
Whatever the decision Quinn eventually makes, expect to hear it soon. His plan for the staff was undoubtedly a huge topic of discussion during his interview and the Lions cannot afford to waste time as seven other franchises look for their new head coach. The Lions could decided Caldwell's fate as early as Saturday.