One thing is certain: The Lions face the Bears this Sunday in each team's season finale. After that matchup though, the future is not as clear for the Lions.
Once the season officially ends, owner Martha Firestone Ford, her advisory board and consultant Ernie Accorsi can really intensify their search for a permanent general manager. Whoever that person is will have a lot of decisions to make regarding the make-up of the team and coaching staff moving forward.
Head coach Jim Caldwell has made a strong case for himself the second half of the seasonn. Under Caldwell's leadership, the team fought back from a 1-7 start to 6-9 heading into the final game.
"I don't think anybody is going to ever question whether or not my desire to be here and that kind of thing," Caldwell said in an interview with 97.1 Thursday morning.
"That's not something I'm not willing to discuss. I mean I love coaching, I love what I'm doing, I love the place, I love the players, love the city.
"You have to be able to control the things that you can control. My main focus right now because it's not about me. My main focus is the guys on our team getting ready for this game that's coming up that's the most important thing. The other things will take care of themselves."
In addition to Caldwell, coordinators Jim Bob Cooter and Teryl Austin are also in limbo until a permanent general manager is in place.
"That process, it's good, it makes you think about how you would, if you ever had an opportunity to run a team, how you would run it, how you handle things, a lot of different situations," Austin said of interviewing for head coaching jobs last offseason.
"You find out a little bit about yourself, which you really think how you really feel about certain things that would go on in your program."
Cooter, who turned the Lions offense around since taking it over midway through the season, has the full support of quarterback Matthew Stafford.
"Jim Bob and I are on the same page the majority of the time, if not all the time," Stafford said.
"It's not my decision, I just know we're playing really well on offense right now and I'm having a good time. I think everyone is. He's a smart guy. It's not my decision, but I'd like to have him back, no question."
No matter what happens, it's going to be a busy and interesting offseason for the Lions.
QUIN EYEING 100TH CONSECUTIVE START
Safety Glover Quin is gearing up for his 100th consecutive start Sunday. His current streak of 99 straight starts is most among active safeties.
"Making my 100th consecutive start would mean a lot," Quin said in his latest blog entry. "It's just a sign of longevity, consistency, hard work and blessings. It's something that I never even thought about, but the closer it got, I started looking at it."
"When I got go my 100th game I was like, Oh man, just played my 100th game. Then I was like Oh snap, I'm almost to 100 consecutive starts. It's been a fun ride. When I get to walk on that field Sunday, it will be a great feeling."
View Glover Quin's top 15 memories from his 100 consecutive games started streak.
The Lions will be without starting center Travis Swanson Sunday in Chicago. Swanson was ruled out with a shoulder injury after missing practice all week.
The team promoted center Braxston Cave from the practice squad Wednesday to boost their numbers at the position with Swanson out.
Starting defensive end Jason Jones also missed practice all week. He's officially doubtful for Sunday's division matchup.
For the full Lions-Bears injury report, click here.
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OTHER NOTEWORTHY ITEMS:
- Three Lions' pass catchers are eyeing a unique reception record. Find out what it is here.
- Watch defensive coordinator Teryl Austin break down film of the Chicago Bears' offense.
- Will Calvin Johnson be back next year? Tim Twentyman answers that question and more in his latest 10 questions column.
- You asked. Watch running back Theo Riddick answer fan-submitted questions in this week's #AskALion episode.
- Catch up on all the news from Teryl Austin's and Jim Bob Cooter's Thursday press conferences.
- Read how rookie Ameer Abdullah and the Lions' run game has been steadily improving the second half of the season.