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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Lions Gab: Jim Caldwell has work to do in cleaning up team’s image
Anthony Kuehn — Detroit Free Press

Caldwell has already addressed the fact that this will be a more disciplined team as far as penalties are concerned. He also has said that he has no tolerance for personal fouls or crossing the line of sportsmanship and clean play. He also is tasked with getting these Lions to shed the underachieving label that has become so firmly imprinted on them, including two of their three biggest stars in recent weeks.

20 years after recruiting him, Detroit Lions’ Jim Caldwell finally lands Jeremiah Washburn
Justin Rogers – MLive.com

In 1994, new Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell was in his second season as the head coach of Wake Forest and he was on the recruiting trail looking for a center.

His target, Fayetteville (Ark.) All-State offensive lineman Jeremiah Washburn.

Yep, that Jeremiah Washburn.

Peyton Manning talks Jim Caldwell at Super Bowl Media Day
Tim Twentyman — DetroitLions.com

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is the league’s most valuable player and is getting ready to play in the biggest game of his career Sunday in Super Bowl XLVIII.

He still found time, however, to send new Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell some praise when asked Tuesday about their time together as player and quarterback coach in Indianapolis.

“Jim Caldwell has meant a great deal to me in my career,” Manning said. “I felt like, once he got to Indianapolis, and became my quarterbacks coach, that my game really improved. It took a step up, and I thought Jim had a great deal to do with that.”

Reports: Former Lions RB Jahvid Best sues NFL, helmet maker for injuries
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

Former Lions running back Jahvid Best has filed a lawsuit against the NFL and helmet manufacturer Riddell in Wayne County Circuit Court, according to reports.

A Lions spokesman said he was aware of the lawsuit, but declined comment because the team is not involved.

Best’s attorney did not return multiple calls regarding the lawsuit. A Wayne County court clerk said the filing could not be transmitted late Tuesday afternoon.

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