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Former QB: Detroit Lions candidate Jim Caldwell a ‘businesslike’ coach who likes to air it out
Dave Birkett – Detrot Free Press
Jim Caldwell still hasn’t heard anything firm about his future a week after he interviewed with the Detroit Lions, but the first quarterback Caldwell worked with as head coach said the Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator would be an asset to any team that wants to give him a job.
“He always struck me as a really genuine, smart man who really understood the game,” said Rusty LaRue, a former NBA player who played for Caldwell at Wake Forest in 1993-95. “I think he was always even keel, as far as personality, and you knew what to expect out of him — I guess kind of like a CEO type of head coach. You’ve got kind of the yellers and the screamers, and you’ve got the guys that are kind of more businesslike, and he was always a little more businesslike.”
DeAndre Levy named Lions MVP on defense, but why no Pro Bowl love?
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com
The fifth-year outside linebacker out of Wisconsin finished tied for second in the NFL with six interceptions. His 119 tackles were a career high and ranked in the top 19 in the league.
Levy returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown against Arizona in Week 2 and had another called back because of a penalty Week 1 against Minnesota.
It all added up to Levy’s teammates voting him the Lem Barney Defensive Most Valuable Player this season.
Is Martin Mayhew Any Better Than Matt Millen As Detroit Lions General Manager?
Brian Kalchik – Rant Sports
Current Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew was able to survive the collapse that was the second half of the 2013 season. His first hand-picked coach, Jim Schwartz, did not. As of now, Mayhew’s tenure has only been slightly better than that of his former boss Matt Millen.
Every Game Was Terrible: The Year The CFL Failed To Conquer America
Dom Cosentino — Deadspin
“At least in my case, I approached those games the same way I’d approach a normal NFL game or the Super Bowl,” said Enberg, who was twice sent to Edmonton with the late Merlin Olsen, his longtime broadcast partner. “Basically, once you get into a game, it’s a game. You try to do the best you can in personalizing the players and telling the story of the game and reporting the ball, as they say.”
Enberg grew up in Detroit, and Criqui is from Buffalo, so both announcers consumed the CFL at a young age and were familiar with the game and its idiosyncratic rules: three downs, the single point (or rouge) on touchbacks, the wider field and longer end zones, the unlimited motion before the snap.