EXCLUSIVE WATCH: Darryl Tapp Talks Caldwell's Return

- FOX 2's Jennifer Hammond sat down with Lions' defensive end Darryl Tapp to talk about Head Coach Jim Caldwell returning as earlier Friday the Lions announced they are keeping Jim Caldwell as head coach following his second season on the job.  

Caldwell's first year went much better than his second as he led the Detroit Lions to an 11-5 regular season record and a first-round loss to the Dallas Cowboys in his first year as Head Coach, but when he started his second season 1-7 and moves were made in the front office and at offensive coordinator, his job security was in doubt and last week the Lions' announced a new General Manager in Bob Quinn

Caldwell, who still has two years left on his contract, has an 18-15 record as Head Coach of the Lions, including a 6-2 record in the second half of this season, but in his two years at the helm, Caldwell only has two victories -- both against the Packers -- against teams who have finished the season above .500.

Here is what Bob Quinn had to say in the Lions' press release:

“As I stated Monday, I was looking forward to the opportunity to get to know Jim,” said Quinn. “After spending a significant amount of time together, it is clear that our football philosophies are very similar.

“Consequently, I am convinced he is the right man to lead our football team moving forward.” Quinn continued. “Jim’s entire body of work is impressive.

“Not only did he lead the Lions to the playoffs his first season here, but when you look at how the players responded the second half of last season, under difficult circumstances, it’s clear to me that this team believes in him and responds positively to his leadership.

“Our entire focus now is on the off-season and all that it entails.”

Caldwell also had this to say about the news:

“I am obviously thrilled that I will continue to lead this football team,” Caldwell said. “I genuinely appreciate the faith Bob has shown in me, and I really look forward to working together.
 
“As I’ve said before, I truly love coaching the Lions and, while I’ve only been here two years, I have grown to love our fans, the City of Detroit, and the people of Detroit and Michigan.
 
“Their loyalty and passion is incredible and we want nothing more than to bring them a championship.”

Lions' TE Eric Ebron took to Twitter to show his support of the move.  

Lions Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Quinn also announced Friday the appointment of Kyle O'Brien as Director of Player Personnel.
 
O’Brien is entering his 15th season in the National Football League and has worked in player personnel for four different teams in capacities that covered both pro and college scouting.

Stay with FOX 2 and follow @FOX2Sports on Twitter for the very latest as this story continues to unfold.

 

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