Bob Quinn made his first major decision as the Detroit Lions' general manager on Thursday, announcing that Jim Caldwell will stay on as the team's head coach for the 2016 season.
Several Lions players -- from 22-year-old running back Ameer Abdullah to 31-year-old defensive end Darryl Tapp -- rejoiced after hearing the news.
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So excited to see Coach Caldwell will return to coach this team. In such little time he's taught me so much. Truly a remarkable man. #WROH— Ameer Abdullah (@Ameerguapo) January 15, 2016
Like most if my fridaysssssssssss! They just keep getting BETTER! THAT'S! WHAT! IM! TALKING! ABOUT! https://t.co/k9ki72Jmro— theo riddick (@Riddick6) January 15, 2016
Coach Caldwell has done more for our team, our players, and the city than people can imagin..he deserves to be back we're all stoked for em— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) January 15, 2016
With Him Still At The Helm. We Are Destined To Go Far. #OurYear— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) January 15, 2016
Caldwell? YEEEEESSSSSS!!!!! 👍🏿👌🏿🙏🏿— Ezekiel Ansah (@Ziggy_Ansah) January 15, 2016
There is no better man to lead us where we want to go. #OnePride— Travis Swanson (@Tswan64) January 15, 2016
Yeeeessssssssssssss! https://t.co/kR77x1XyWJ— Sam (@SamMartin_6) January 15, 2016
Caldwell clearly has the support of his players after leading the Lions to 18 wins over the last two seasons. Although this past season was disappointing, many still have faith in him to replicate the success Detroit experienced in 2014.
The Lions still have a playoff-caliber core, but Quinn and Caldwell have some serious work to do this offseason.