Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell has said during a recent interview his side still has a chance of making the playoffs this season.
Currently on a 1-6 record, the Lions play against the Kansas City Chiefs, who are sitting on a 2-5 record, at Wembley Stadium in London this weekend in a game that could make or break one another's seasons. You wouldn't be wrong in thinking one of these head coaches could be fired if they lose this weekend.
Despite the competitiveness of the NFC North in the past and the pressure he is under, Caldwell has said in a recent interview, according to Pro Football Talk, that he believes his side can get out of their recent slump and sneak into the playoffs this year.
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He said: “It certainly is possible. It’s been done before.”
Theoretically possible, yes. Practically possible? A big fat no.
He's right, it has been done before, back in 1970 and not a single year since. The Cincinnati Bengals turned around a 1-6 record to 8-6 after winning their final seven games of the season, winning the AFC Central in the process.
Caldwell needs to take his ambitious hat off and put his realistic cap on because he has more chances of losing his job and the Lions picking number one overall in the draft next year than the NFC North team making the playoffs.
The Green Bay Packers are currently undefeated, the Minnesota Vikings are playing well and no one is noticing, so in a highly competitive NFC conference, how are the Lions going to achieve a wildcard spot?
Caldwell needs to realise he isn't coaching for a spot in the playoffs, he's coaching with his job on the line. Being overly ambitious when your team isn't up to the standard form wise is only going to end in disappointment.
They need to play one game at a time and maybe if they win five in a row, they could possibly sneak in the playoffs. But right now, that just sounds like a ridiculous call by the head coach.