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Jim Caldwell uncertain about Chris Houston’s ability to return to form

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In February, Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew said that he was “very confident” that cornerback Chris Houston would bounce back from a poor 2013 season.

Coach Jim Caldwell isn’t so sure. Caldwell said Thursday that Houston has a clean slate with the new coaching staff after a season that saw him deal with a toe injury and his father’s name coming up during former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd’s drug trafficking trial, but pointed out that a rebound is far from certain after such a sharp drop in productivity.

“I’m not certain,” Caldwell said, via the Detroit Free Press. “You’re never 100 percent certain about anything. I can’t be certain if I’m going to wake up tomorrow morning. Tomorrow’s not promised to me, so I’m not certain. We’ll see. He’s a young man, and typically, they heal pretty quickly, unlike old guys like me. We anticipate that he’ll come along, but we’ll have to just wait and see.”

Caldwell said Houston’s toe problem is still affecting him and the uncertainty about Houston’s future could lead the Lions to look for help at corner during the draft. Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert visited on Thursday and could be a possibility with the 10th pick in the first round. That wouldn’t make a Houston rebound unnecessary, but it would give the team another option in the event Houston can’t recover his old form.

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8 Responses to “Jim Caldwell uncertain about Chris Houston’s ability to return to form”
  1. groundhog211 says: Apr 24, 2014 4:18 PM

    “Chris Houston concerned with Jim Caldwell’s ability to coach.”

  2. noeffinway says: Apr 24, 2014 4:19 PM

    With or without Houston the Lions are thinking CB in the draft. Maybe not at #10, but definitely at least one CB in the first 4 rounds.

  3. sarcasm says: Apr 24, 2014 4:24 PM

    This tool is 100% certain on when to call horrible time outs.

  4. essentialsausage says: Apr 24, 2014 4:39 PM

    I hope this means the Lions take Darqueze Dennard.

  5. ivanpavlov0000 says: Apr 24, 2014 8:58 PM

    Could be Caldwell trying to play a mind game trying to give the other young DBs a reason to work harder. Might be trying to light a fire under Houston.

    But more than likely he’s just trying to make it clear that the secondary can’t stink like it did last year.

  6. dollarbill247 says: Apr 25, 2014 12:44 AM

    This guy was terrible at Arkansas. What “old form” are they referring to?

  7. 3timechampslionsfan says: Apr 25, 2014 2:23 AM

    They are gonna draft a CB and Safety watch. Go Lions..! Oh and Caldwell is a stud. Go ask his ring.

  8. staffordsyear says: Apr 26, 2014 11:24 PM

    Houston had a solid year 2 years ago and i hope he can rebound this year.

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