The fate of Jim Caldwell rests on the shaky turf in Detroit.
The Lions went 6-2 in the second half of the season, a surge that prompted plenty of players to vocally back Caldwell.
Quinn, though, plans to evaluate the coaching situation, according to Rapoport. With the power to hand pick a leader of his choosing, it makes sense that Quinn would want to spread a wide net before committing to anyone. As New England's former director of pro scouting, it's also fair to wonder if Quinn might want to interview a handful of Patriots assistants -- perhaps Josh McDaniels? -- before making his decision.
Caldwell's shaky status marks a tone shift after Rapoport was told last week that the Ford family held strong feelings for the coach -- and treated Caldwell as if he'd be back -- after he earned their respect with his performance down the stretch.
Hang on, Lions fans. The offseason fireworks are just beginning.