Caldwell's status was in doubt after Ford fired general manager Martin Mayhew and team president Tom Lewand on Thursday.
Keeping Caldwell might have more to do with the lack of a trustworthy -- or willing -- interim leader. Outside of senior coaching assistant Gunther Cunningham, Detroit's staff has nobody with head-coaching experience. Linebackers coach Bill Sheridan and defensive line aide Jim Washburn have been around the block, but Caldwell likely lobbied to see it through.
We fully expect Caldwell to be looking for work after this wretched campaign in Detroit mercifully draws to a close.