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Will Jim Caldwell Stay Off the Hot Seat In 2017?

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell led the team to its second playoff appearance under his guidance as for the man in charge in “Motown.” However, it was a one and done postseason for the football team.

They lost to the Seattle Seahawks 26-6. In 2017, expectations are going to be higher than ever before for Caldwell in the entire Detroit Lions franchise to contend for the playoffs this season. If they start off the season on a sour note, the seat could get hot for Jim Caldwell and the rest of his entire coaching staff.

The past two seasons, Caldwell has fought to keep his job as head coach of the Detroit Lions. He was able to secure his position last season due to the Lions successful 9-7 campaign which resulted in the team qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

However, in each of the Lions two playoff appearances under Jim Caldwell, they have been eliminated in the wild card round of the postseason. You have to wonder if the Lions front office will be expecting the team to advance past the wild card round of the playoffs under the guidance of Jim Caldwell.

I am more than sure that they do not want the Lions to become a “we are just happy to be there” type of football team, similar to the Cincinnati Bengals under head coach Marvin Lewis. The Bengals are 0-7 in the playoffs under the watch of Marvin Lewis.

But there seems to be no pressure, to fire Coach Lewis as long as the team qualifies for the playoffs. Lions fans must understand that the key for the team to keep Coach Caldwell off the hot seat is to dethrone the Green Bay Packers as NFC North Champions.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has delivered the dagger to Lions on numerous occasions during his run as the team starting signal caller. The video below explains it all.

That play occurred during the 2015 season; the Lions were on the verge of making a run for the playoffs until Aaron Rodgers took the air out Ford Field that night. The Lions defense is not bad at all, but when they face Aaron Rodgers, they cannot get out of their way.

To start off the 2017 campaign, the Lions must go at least 4-2 in the first six games of the season to avoid a sluggish start to the year. If they fail to do so, it could spell disaster for the Jim Caldwell era in Detroit.

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Derrick Branch is the founder and lead writer of Tops Sports.Com. He is a die-hard sports fan and keeps it 100 on all things that involve the NFL, NBA, NCAA Football.
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