DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have retained coach Jim Caldwell for a third season.

Lions general manager Bob Quinn announced the move Friday.

It was Quinn's call to keep or fire Caldwell during his first week on the job.

Quinn says it is clear he and Caldwell have similar football philosophies, adding the team believes in Caldwell and responds well to his leadership.

Caldwell is 18-15, including a wild-card loss last year, in two seasons with the Lions. Detroit dropped six of its first seven games in 2015 before finishing 7-9.

The Lions gave Caldwell a chance to lead an NFL team for a second time. He was 26-22 over three regular seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, helping them reach a Super Bowl.