Jim Caldwell dismisses questions over contract status

Jim Caldwell is entering the final year of his contract. And no, he doesn't want to say anything about it.

The Detroit Lions head coach would not confirm or deny anything regarding his contract status at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona on Wednesday, saying he doesn't believe it matters.

"It's like I said before, I'm not concerned with anything other than how do we get our team better, plain and simple," Caldwell said. "Contract talks and all those kinds of things get only about two or three people excited, two or three people sitting at this table.

"But other than that, it doesn't matter to people. We're focusing on our team and how we can get it better. That's most important."

Caldwell would not discuss whether he has had discussions with general manager Bob Quinn and team president Rod Wood about any sort of extension. Quinn also has deflected any questions about Caldwell's contract situation. In January, Quinn said having a coach without a deal beyond this season is "nothing that we need to avoid."

Caldwell, 62, is entering his fourth season in Detroit with a record of 27-21 and two playoff appearances. Yet he has been on the hot seat at points in both the 2015 and 2016 seasons, when Quinn has had to release statements that he would be retaining Caldwell for the following season.

Caldwell has said that coaching in the final year of his contract is not a huge issue because he used to do that when he coached at colleges at the start of his career.

So he doesn't see his lack of job security as any sort of elephant in the room.

"A lot of people [might], but not with me," Caldwell said. "That's the most important person, right? I don't see any elephant in this room."

He has a career record of 53-43 in the NFL. He coached the Indianapolis Colts to two division titles and a Super Bowl appearance.