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Jim Caldwell on Stafford: I think you’ll see improvement from the outset


When the Lions began lining up head coaching candidates, it was clear that they wanted someone with head coaching experience and an offensive background.

That sounded like the exact opposite of the fired Jim Schwartz and new coach Jim Caldwell did his best at Wednesday’s introductory press conference to make it clear that they got exactly that. Caldwell mentioned discipline and not shooting yourself in the foot as traits he expected his teams to have. Neither was a hallmark of the Schwartz era, and Caldwell also said, when asked about his placid demeanor, that he thought that coaches who prepare their teams during the week don’t have any reason to scream and run around on the sideline.

Any coaching style would be welcomed by Lions fans if it came with a step up in play for quarterback Matthew Stafford. Caldwell said that he didn’t watch film with Stafford when they met during the interview process and that he needs to “dig down deeper” to figure out the best way to get that improvement.

Caldwell’s confident that it will happen, saying that he thinks Stafford is willing to do whatever it takes to improve and that “you’re going to see improvement from the outset” when the Lions get back on the field. That will be necessary for the Lions to make good on Caldwell’s belief that the team is “on the threshold” of big accomplishments.

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11 Responses to “Jim Caldwell on Stafford: I think you’ll see improvement from the outset”
  1. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 15, 2014 5:12 PM

    Good luck with that.

  2. ziggystheansah says: Jan 15, 2014 5:18 PM

    I have to admit, i forst thought this was a bad hiring. Maybe now not so much. It’s no coincidence we were 6-3 when matt stafford was playing at top 8 level, and then went 1-6 down the stretch when stafford had a melt down. If Caldwell can help Stafford, and we retain Xanders (who can get us some great talent in the draft), there’s bo stopping Detroit.

  3. tinbender2000 says: Jan 15, 2014 5:19 PM

    Not a Lions fan at all but discipline seems to be the one thing they were missing. All of you selling Caldwell short might be in for a rude awakening.

  4. lagg1 says: Jan 15, 2014 5:20 PM

    The Lions are the most talented team that did not make the playoffs. Yes that’s right-they are. Detroit deserves a shot and I hope Caldwell leads them to it.

  5. hehateme1 says: Jan 15, 2014 5:22 PM

    Super Bowl bound next year! 14-1-1!!!

  6. rockthered1286 says: Jan 15, 2014 5:26 PM

    Improvement from the locked in facepalm that’s Stafford has been doing since Caldwell’s signing?

  7. dino2997 says: Jan 15, 2014 5:42 PM

    Stafford must be ecstatic that Caldwell is joining the team. No matter how badly he plays the fan base will just blame the coach.

  8. craigkintexas says: Jan 15, 2014 7:53 PM

    Hope Stafford gets teachable. Some reports have said he does’ t think he needs to change.

  9. lionsmark09 says: Jan 15, 2014 8:40 PM

    I think that Stafford just needs to learn more about where to pass. Caldwell mentioned situational awareness. Stafford just needs help knowing when to pull the trigger now necessarily how. Caldwell instilled in Peyton the importance of game prep and homework. Hopefully the same happens here.

  10. tremoluxman says: Jan 15, 2014 10:15 PM

    “QB coaching? I don’t need no stinking QB coaching,” Matthew Stafford.

  11. dino2997 says: Jan 16, 2014 12:56 AM

    Lions are definitely very talented…at losing. Caldwell will ensure that tradition never ends.

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