Jim Caldwell dodged a question last week about whether he planned to coach in 2018, saying it hinged on "what the Lord has planned for me."

And when he brought his three children and three grandchildren to his final postgame news conference as Lions coach Sunday, some took it as a sign that if his time in Detroit was up he might be content to hang up his whistle as NFL coach.

But a day after Caldwell was fired by the Lions, Fritz Pollard Alliance chairman John Wooten said Caldwell not only wants to be a head coach in the NFL again, he wants to do it in 2018.

"It's a wide-open thing," Wooten said. "There’s quite a few openings right now and you never know who’s going to look at what and see how it goes. But he still has interest."

Caldwell went 36-28 in four seasons as Lions coach and led the team to two playoffs appearances.

He was fired Monday with one year left on his contract in a move that general manager Bob Quinn said was done for football reasons and to find a coach who could lead the Lions to the Super Bowl.

Caldwell, who turns 63 this month, previously spent three seasons as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, where he amassed a 26-22 record with two playoff trips and one Super Bowl appearance.