It’s not been a good offseason for the NFL so far, and really it’s just getting under way.
Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been banned for a year for testing positive for alcohol; Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has entered rehab; Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion was in possession of 357 grams of marijuana (and his unloaded gun with nearly $200,000 in cash) on a routine traffic stop; Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson charged with assault after an argument over a parking spot; Colts linebacker Josh McNary charged with rape.
The Lions have been clean and it's no surprise.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell routinely talks about "the high cost of low living.” That was one of the messages he had for the team as they went their way for the offseason.
It would be quite surprising to see an arrest this offseason with the culture that Caldwell has created.
“Jim is a leader that is very special, but even moreso he is a human being who is incredibly special. His perspective on the game of football and life has permeated the building and touched each one of the players who has come through here and made a big difference,’’ team president Tom Lewand said on WDIV’s “Flashpoint” this week.
Can’t see Caldwell tolerating arrests of any sort.
It was just three years ago during the 2012 offseason that the Lions became the laughingstock of the NFL because of the number of arrests. Nick Fairley was arrested twice (DUI and marijuana possession), Mikel Leshoure twice (marijuana possession), offensive lineman Johnny Culbreath (marijuana) and cornerback Aaron Berry twice in 30 days (DUI, simple assault).
It’s probably no coincidence only Fairley is still with the team and that could change soon.