Blood is in the water and the sharks are circling all around him.
But that hasn’t stopped Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell from persevering in the midst of pressure.
When the going gets tough, we often find out a lot about ourselves. Adversity can place you in a position to grow or send you tumbling backward in your pursuit of excellence.
That is why it has been inspiring to watch Caldwell as he treads through the murky waters of being an NFL head coach.
Despite being in last place, despite a 1-7 record and his future being uncertain, Caldwell has continued to have a proper perspective.
He has treated this difficult situation with the same poise and grace he displayed during his first season when the team achieved its second-best record in franchise history.
But the honeymoon has ended and in trying moments like these when your superiors have just been fired it would be easy to become disheartened and discouraged.
When told by a member in the organization’s public relations department that the media was calling him a dead man walking, Caldwell said:
“But as you see, I’m alive and well. There’s only been one man, I think, who has walked and risen from the dead. And I’m certainly not him.”
When asked about his future job security, Caldwell said. “Let’s see. I don’t walk in the spirit of fear, at all, in any shape or form in my life. Never have, never will. And so we’ll see. That’s yet to be determined.”
Caldwell went on to add: “In the scripture, it says, ‘Tomorrow is not promised to you.’ So how can you lean upon a job if your life is not even promised to you in another day. So I look at things a little bit differently in that regard. I have a chance to coach today, and perhaps I will have a chance to coach tomorrow.”
You can say what you want about Caldwell. But it is great to have a man full of courage and integrity in charge of the Detroit Lions.
Regardless of what takes place the rest of the season, Caldwell very well could be fired this offseason.
But he will go out with his character and integrity intact.
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