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Lions Vice Chair Bill Ford Jr. Addresses Mixed Reactions To Jim Caldwell Hire
Published January 16, 2014
ACCORDING TO JIM: In Detroit, Jeff Seidel writes Caldwell during his introductory press conference yesterday "came off as strong, firm, humble, bold, stable and filled with conviction." In a "long, rambling speech, Caldwell quoted everybody from Fielding Yost to John Wooden, while dropping in a couple of references to the Bible." He "seemed like a grandfather who has been in football his entire life" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 1/16). Also in Detroit, Rochelle Riley writes Lions fans need Caldwell "to be the playmaker, the voice, the face" of the organization. Caldwell yesterday "made clear that he's about building a team" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 1/16). The FREE PRESS' Drew Sharp writes, "The biggest perception problem for the Lions as they embark down their latest newest coaching path isn't whether they got their desired first choice in Caldwell, but rather are they organizationally capable of securing the proper pieces necessary for championship contention?" The Lions "wisely didn't attempt selling Caldwell as their No. 1 candidate." Ford "thought it was 'interesting' that the national tone regarding the Caldwell hire was more favorable than the local reaction." Sharp: "There's little faith in the front office, even less confidence in ownership" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 1/16).