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Lions Fire Head Coach Jim Caldwell

One year after coming close to winning a division title only to lose in the wild card round to the Seahawks, the Lions have parted ways following a bad season with head coach Jim Caldwell.

The move comes despite Caldwell, 62, having winning seasons in three of his four years. But the Lions missed the playoffs twice in the past three years, including this season, when they went 9-7.

On Sunday, after his team had beaten the Green Bay Packers, 35-11, to complete the organization’s first sweep of Green Bay since 1991, Caldwell, who was 36-28 overall with Detroit, declined to defend his job status. He said he planned on spending New Year’s Eve with his family and going to work Monday morning as normal. Throughout his time on the hot seat over the past three seasons, Caldwell has never truly defended the job he’s done because he said that’s not who he is.

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