Jim Caldwell may have been the Detroit Lions' most successful coach in the Super Bowl era.
That was not enough to save his job.
The Lions fired Caldwell on Monday after a season in which the team raised hopes before fading and missing the playoffs with a 9-7 record. They also fired offensive line coach Ron Prince, keeping the rest of the assistants under contract in case the next coach wants to retain any of them.
Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford called Caldwell "one of the finest leaders we've ever had as our head coach."
"Not only did he guide us on the field to three winning seasons, but he also set a standard of excellence off the field that...