Jan 15, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell speaks during a press conference at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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Jim Caldwell’s Lions offense will be committed to the run
Kyle Meinke – MLive

The Detroit Lions haven’t said who will be their offensive coordinator. They haven’t specified what kind of offense they’ll run. They haven’t even said who will call plays.

But of this we can be sure: No matter the iteration, Detroit’s offense will be committed to running the football under new coach Jim Caldwell.

New Lions coach Caldwell known as great motivator with strong words, actions
Carlos Monarrez — Detroit Free Press

Forty years later, a phone call came in a hurry from 9,000 miles away.

Gene Van Galder, a retired assistant football and basketball coach at Beloit (Wis.) Memorial High School, was climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. But he wanted to talk about his former player, Jim Caldwell.

“He had that steely determination,” Van Galder said. “He had it. He just had a charisma. He wasn’t a cheerleader-type guy. He was just the type of guy who could go out and get it done.”

Lions have a coach, but need more talent to push for playoffs next season
Josh Katzenstein — Detroit News

The Lions still have plenty of work to do.

They found their coach this week, hiring Jim Caldwell on Tuesday, but no matter what anybody thinks of the hire, Caldwell and his staff alone won’t make the Lions Super Bowl contenders in 2014.

Report: Jahvid Best joining Cal’s coaching staff
Mike Wilkening — Pro Football Talk

Former Lions running back Jahvid Best is reportedly giving coaching a shot.

Via CollegeFootballTalk, Best will be joining California’s coaching staff and attending classes at the school in 2014, according to GoldenBearReport.com.

According to GoldenBearReport.com, Best will “likely be used in a student assistant role” on the Cal staff.

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