It’s only logical to wonder whether Jim Caldwell will go next.Caldwell is fully under the microscope after the Lions’ ugly 28-19 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. The Lions are now 1-6 on the season and 12-12 in Caldwell’s one and a half years on the job (including the postseason). In 2014 he was the calming, forceful leader who pushed all the right buttons in leading a talented roster into the playoffs. This year, the team looks disorganized, undisciplined and overmatched. What changed from an 11-5 year to a 1-6 year?Clearly, there is a talent drop-off. The offensive line hasn’t adjusted to the departures of Dominic Raiola and Rob Sims and the injuries to Larry Warford and LaAdrian Waddle. The defense misses Ndamukong Suh and DeAndre Levy (I’d argue that they miss Levy more than Suh). Rashean Mathis and James Ihedigbo both look a year older and about five years slower. Golden Tate and Joique Bell had strong years in 2014. They’re not having those years in 2015.
Well if there is a drop-off in talent, that falls at the feet of GM Martin Mayhew. This is the team that he has built. The talent on the field is the result of his job to secure personnel. Clearly, if you would give his job a grade now it would be an “F”. This weeks’ game in London against the Chiefs is pivotal for the Lions in determining the direction to go. If the Lions lose to the Chiefs, look for action by the ownership (the Fords). The bye week follows the game Sunday, so that will be the time to evaluate. If Caldwell gets a bus ticket out of town, Mayhew should be in the seat next to him.