Detroit Lions fire coach Jim Caldwell after missing playoffs

FILE - In an Oct. 30, 2016 file photo, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell gives directions to his players during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, in Houston. Detroit on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, fired Caldwell, dismissing a coach who received a multiyear contract extension before the season. (AP Photo/George Bridges, File)
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — 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.

A person familiar with the team’s coaching search says Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will interview for the job Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not identified any candidates. Austin has interviewed with many NFL teams in recent years.

Caldwell was 36-28 in four seasons and 0-2 in two postseasons with the Lions.

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