The NFL’s locker room culture is a hot topic in the wake of the much discussed Miami Dolphins situation centering around Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito. Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell touched on the subject as it pertains to his team during his press conference at the NFL Combine today.
Caldwell flat out stated he doesn’t allow hazing and there should be no misunderstanding that point as it is something he will address with his team from the beginning:
Caldwell said he tries to make sure hazing doesn't exist for #Lions. Will address that in first meeting with players.
— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) February 20, 2014
Team personnel press conferences kicked off today with Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin expressed responsibility for knowing what goes on in a locker room as the team’s coach. That was echoed by Caldwell today.
Caldwell, talking about Miami situation, says coaches are responsible for everything.
— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) February 20, 2014
Do teammates have to get along? Of course not, and in a group of men as large as an NFL roster, that won’t be the case. For the good of the team there does need to be some level of respect among peers and it sounds like that is something Caldwell will actively demand.