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New Lions GM Bob Quinn Doesn’t Have a Good Feel Yet About Jim Caldwell

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New Lions general manager Bob Quinn met with reporters for the first time since Detroit hired him as GM, and said he’s in no rush to determine who his coach is, Kyle Meinke of Mlive reports.

“I need to get to know Jim Caldwell,” Quinn said after his introductory press conference in Allen Park on Monday afternoon. “I met Jim today for 30 seconds, so I don’t have a good feel just yet. I’ve heard good things from my colleagues around the league, but it takes time.”

“I’m not going to make a snap judgement on anything. That’s not how I work.”

Caldwell is the Lions’ winningest coach (by percentage) since the Super Bowl, and guided the franchise to a playoff bid in his debut last year. But Detroit also stumbled out of the gate this year, losing seven of its first eight, and Caldwell has been on uncertain footing ever since.

Three of his offensive assistants were fired, and so were general manager Martin Mayhew and president Tom Lewand. Detroit went on to win six of its final eight, but speculation has run rampant about whether that was enough to save Caldwell from the firing line.

Quinn, though, says he won’t be judging Caldwell based only on what happened in 2015.

“He got put in a difficult situation at the start of the season, so I have a great deal of respect for how the team responded,” Quinn said. I think it’s a whole body of work, though. It’s not just this season. It’s his entire career that we’re going to discuss and talk about.”


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