Real doubt for Jim Caldwell: Does he get a new contract?

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 01: Head manager Jim Caldwell of a Detroit Lions and conduct manager Mike McCarthy of a Green Bay Packers  hail any other after a Packers degraded a Lions 31-24 during Ford Field on Jan 1, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Getty Images

The Lions have reliable that conduct manager Jim Caldwell will be back subsequent season, and that’s no surprise: Playoff teams frequency glow their conduct coaches, and when they do it’s customarily a group that has depressed brief of expectations (like in John Fox’s final year with a Broncos, when a Super Bowl contender mislaid a initial playoff game), not a group that has exceeded expectations like this year’s Lions.

What a Lions haven’t said, however, is what a standing of Caldwell’s agreement is.

Caldwell is jacket adult his third deteriorate on a four-year understanding he sealed in 2014. If a Lions announce this offseason that they’ve sealed him to a long-term agreement extension, afterwards box closed: Caldwell is a Lions’ guy, and G.M. Bob Quinn believes a right manager is in place for a prolonged run.

But if a Lions possibly make Caldwell manager subsequent year in a final year of his agreement (which is singular in a NFL) or give him usually a token one-year extension, that’s a certain pointer that Caldwell is coaching for his pursuit in 2017. Only a long-term prolongation can give Caldwell any genuine pursuit confidence over subsequent season.

Of course, Caldwell and his group have a event to make all this indecisive in a entrance weeks: If a Lions get to a Super Bowl, they’d positively extend Caldwell in a offseason. If a Lions remove in Seattle on Saturday, Caldwell will still manager a group in 2017, though he might be out of work a year from now.

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