One year ago today, Jim Caldwell was introduced at Ford Field as the 26th coach of the Detroit Lions.
Here are three key items from his speech on Jan. 15, 2014:
— “We’re going to be smart. We’re going to be a football team that takes the field that’s not going to shoot itself in the foot. We’re going to be a team that is disciplined, that’s focused, that understands situational football.’’
— “It’s going to be drilled and drilled and drilled and not just given lip service, but what you should see on the field is obviously a product of our coaching, our instruction and our demands. We’re going to have a fast football team. There’s nothing like teams with speed.’’
— “We’re going to do things the right way, but we’re going to be a physical, hard-nosed, rough football team. We’re going to flat get after you from the word go — every single snap of the ball on offense, defense and in the kicking game.’’
We know how he did his first season. He changed the culture and the mindset of the players and finished with an 11-5 record and a trip to the playoffs.
Many fans were hoping the Lions would hire Ken Whisenhunt instead of Caldwell. Whisenhunt was hired by the Tennessee Titans who finished 2-14.
Are you happy with Caldwell as the Lions’ coach?
Was this a better result for his first season than you expected?