Detroit Lions fire VP of football operations

By Alex Butler  |  Updated Jan. 24, 2016 at 3:30 PM
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DETROIT, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- While the Detroit Lions are operating in limbo on the possible retirement of Calvin Johnson, front office and coaching staff statuses are fluid.

On Friday, the Lions fired vice president of football operations Cedric Saunders. Saunders was with the Lions for 10 years.

Bob Quinn was brought into Detroit as the team's new general manager earlier this month. While most of the strength and conditioning staff was let go, the team chose to retain head coach Jim Caldwell.

The Lions had a disappointing 7-9 record this season after finishing 11-5 in 2014. Before the 2014 season, the Lions had 10 or more wins just once in the previous 18 seasons, including a 0-16 mark in the 2008 season.

After staring this season on a five-game losing streak and dropping seven of its first eight games, the Lions won six of its final eight games and finished the season on a three-game winning streak.

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