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Super Bowl Experience Valued Highly by Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell
April 22nd, 2014 at 11:39 PM
Tuesday was a big day for the Detroit Lions as they began minicamp for the 2014 season.  As new Lions head coach Jim Caldwell spoke to the media after practice, the topic of Super Bowl experience from new team members came up.  Caldwell finds it very helpful.  ***PHOTO1***  Two of the biggest...

Detroit Lions’ Black History Month Salute: Jim Caldwell Quietly Breaks an Important Barrier
February 14th, 2014 at 9:46 AM
With February being Black History Month, Lions 101 takes time to salute the contributions of a few notable African American pioneers within the organization. Quietly, lost amid the varying opinions on the hire of Jim Caldwell, the subsequent filling out of his staff, and the quick development of the offseason afterward, a very...

Former Detroit Lions’ Coach Jim Schwartz Classy in Defense of Ndamukong Suh, Matthew Stafford
February 12th, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Though Jim Schwartz was fired by the Detroit Lions, there's apparently no hard feelings considering the former coach has gone out of his way lately to defend a few of his former star players from the team. ***PHOTO1*** First, it was Matthew Stafford, the quarterback that came under fire for falling apart down...

Detroit Lions Officially Announce Joe Lombardi, Teryl Austin as New Coordinators
February 7th, 2014 at 3:27 PM
On Friday, Jim Caldwell made official what everyone had already known for weeks: Joe Lombardi and Teryl Austin would be joining the Detroit Lions as his offensive and defensive coordinators. The announcements were made at a press conference Friday morning. ***PHOTO1*** Both Lombardi and Austin had the chance to speak during their press conference,...

Detroit Lions Add Two Assistant Coaches, Eyeing Two More from Denver Broncos?
February 5th, 2014 at 7:38 PM
The Detroit Lions' new football staff was already decently full prior to the Super Bowl, but that hasn't stopped Jim Caldwell from trying to fill things out even further to his liking after the big game. ***PHOTO1*** Tuesday, Detroit announced that Tony Oden and Matt Raich would be joining Caldwell's Lions' staff....

Peyton Manning’s Media Day Praise of Detroit Lions’ Head Coach Jim Caldwell Speaks Volumes
January 29th, 2014 at 9:16 AM
During media day of any Super Bowl, a fair amount of questions asked range from the mundane to the profane. The questions are asked at rapid fire, and most are designed to produce quick, thoughtless statements. ***PHOTO1*** Thankfully, however, for one brief moment, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press had the foresight to...

Detroit Lions’ Hiring of Assistant Coaches with Experience Helps Staff
January 25th, 2014 at 10:44 PM
The Detroit Lions quietly added another position coach late this week, signing Alan Williams, former defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings to be the team's secondary coach. For those worried about the lack of experience of Teryl Austin, that was good news ***PHOTO1*** Austin has already been welcomed aboard as the team's...

Detroit Lions Hire New Orleans Saints’ Joe Lombardi as Offensive Coordinator
January 21st, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Figuring that good bloodlines can never hurt in football, the Detroit Lions struck quickly and quietly on Tuesday morning, hiring Joe Lombardi, grandson of their former arch-nemesis Vince Lombardi, as the team's new offensive coordinator ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports. ***PHOTO1*** The Lions had previously been slowly working their way through interviews, talking most...

Seattle Seahawks Big, Tough Secondary Shows Ideal Defensive Blueprint for Detroit Lions to Follow
January 20th, 2014 at 10:47 AM
The Detroit Lions could learn a thing or two from the Seattle Seahawks, their NFC Champion brethren from the northwest. The Seahawks have built a tough defense revolving mostly around the aggressiveness of their secondary, and that's what Detroit needs to shoot for as they attempt to renovate the group...

Coaching Staff Update: Jim Caldwell May End up Retaining Some Detroit Lions’ Position Coaches
January 17th, 2014 at 11:41 AM
On Wednesday afternoon during his introductory press conference, Jim Caldwell was blunt when it came to the completion of his coaching staff, telling the media it was an ongoing process and they'd soon see a few moves. After a busy Thursday, it's clear the coach knew what he was talking...

Report: Detroit Lions Add Baltimore Ravens’ Teryl Austin as Defensive Coordinator
January 16th, 2014 at 10:41 AM
Jim Caldwell made his first move as head coach of the Detroit Lions late on Wednesday night, reportedly agreeing with former Baltimore Ravens' secondary coach Teryl Austin to take over as Detroit's next defensive coordinator. ***PHOTO1*** Austin has long been a secondary coach in the league, working with the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona...

Detroit Lions Officially Introduce Jim Caldwell as Franchise’s 26th Head Coach
January 15th, 2014 at 5:50 PM
"It's great to be a Detroit Lion." ***PHOTO1*** With that phrase and a smile, another new era in Detroit Lions football began anew on Wednesday, as the team introduced their 26th head coach, Jim Caldwell, at Ford Field. In their opening statements, team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew reaffirmed...

Jim Caldwell’s Most Important Task with Detroit Lions Will Be Compiling the Right Staff
January 15th, 2014 at 10:05 AM
In addition to top-flight talent on the field, the success or failure of any head coach in the NFL revolves mostly around attracting quality assistant coaches. Great assistants can make a solid coach look even more elite. Just ask new Detroit Lions' coach Jim Caldwell, who spent the better part of the...

Report: Detroit Lions Hire Former Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell
January 14th, 2014 at 2:26 PM
The Detroit Lions have reportedly decided to hire Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell as their next head coach. After Ken Whisenhunt decided on the Tennessee Titans, Detroit quickly targeted Caldwell and and worked to wrap him up on Tuesday. ***PHOTO1*** Coaching for the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-2011, Caldwell amassed a 26-22 record...

Detroit Lions Should Completely Reset Coaching Search in Wake of Ken Whisenhunt Setback
January 14th, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Monday night, it looked as if Ken Whisenhunt was set to be signed, sealed and delivered to the Detroit Lions. One problem emerged, however. Whishenhunt, the new head coach of the Tennessee Titans, was never delivered in the first place, so he was never able to be sealed and signed. ***PHOTO1*** Whether...

After Losing Ken Whisenhunt, Detroit Lions Reportedly Turn Focus to Jim Caldwell, Others
January 13th, 2014 at 10:24 PM
After appearing set to move forward with Ken Whisenhunt, the Tennessee Titans pulled the upset Monday night, inking the San Diego Chargers' offensive coordinator to a deal to become the team's next coach. After being left at the altar, the Lions are reportedly returning to their first interviewee. ***PHOTO1*** According to Chris...

Report: Detroit Lions Expect to Interview Ken Whisenhunt Tuesday, Deal Coming Next?
January 13th, 2014 at 5:52 PM
Update: So much for that. The Tennessee Titans reportedly agreed with Ken Whisenhunt Monday night according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, meaning the Lions will have to look elsewhere for their next head coach. The Detroit Lions weren't able to get Ken Whisenhunt in town early Monday thanks to San Diego Chargers'...

Where the Detroit Lions’ Coaching Search Stands, Week Two Edition: Ken Whisenhunt Now Availible
January 13th, 2014 at 10:15 AM
After another busy week of interviews and rumors, the Detroit Lions may have received the break they needed to help conclude their coaching search. Ken Whisenhunt's San Diego Chargers were eliminated by the Denver Broncos after a hard fought game, and could quickly become Detroit's new coach as a result. ***PHOTO1*** Regardless,...

Five Things to Watch from Ken Whisenhunt’s San Diego Offense Against the Denver Broncos
January 12th, 2014 at 9:05 AM
Thanks to a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, it's another playoff edition of Ken Whisenhunt watch for Detroit Lions' fans. After a Thursday night interview with Lions' brass in California, Whisenhunt reportedly remains the top choice to be the team's next head coach whenever San Diego's season ends, which won't...

Offensive Line Depth Proves Why Jeremiah Washburn Should Stay with Detroit Lions
January 9th, 2014 at 12:24 PM
For the first time in a long time, the Detroit Lions have developed some stability and continuity along the offensive line. In the midst of a coaching change, that means offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn must be the one staff member staying for continuity's sake itself, as well. ***PHOTO1*** Wednesday, Larry Warford...