Nov 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Nick Fairley (98) celebrates a sack against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

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Ryan Broyles excited about return to field
Michael Rothstein –

Every once in a while, someone Ryan Broyles doesn’t know will approach him with a succinct question: When are you going to retire?

He understands the theory behind the question, but the Detroit Lions wide receiver rejects the idea or mention of it.

Nick Fairley is leaner, Lions hope he’s meaner
John Niyo – The Detroit News

The first two were the cornerstones, and if they don’t hold up their end of a very expensive bargain, this whole thing is going to come crashing down, sooner or later.

Yet, while most of the offseason focus with the Lions centers on Matthew Stafford and Ndamukong Suh, it’s easy — too easy, in fact — to overlook the importance of some of general manager Martin Mayhew’s other first-round picks.

Detroit Lions see ‘championship-level of thinking’ from Jim Caldwell during OTAs
Kyle Meinke –

Caldwell posts players’ birthdays on a bulletin board in the cafeteria. He announces the latest births of players and coaches.

That stuff doesn’t win games in the fall. But it still represents a small step toward a change in culture. And according to one guy who knows what it takes to win a title, it’s an important one.

“Those are very simple things that can be conversation starters that you can get to know someone else,” said Super Bowl champion Golden Tate. “A lot of times, guys just come to work and leave work. But if you get to know a person — get to know someone’s story — I think that helps you.

Detroit Lions: Creating the Blue Print for Optimal Offense in 2014
Brandon Alisoglu — Bleacher Report

A great offense is like a chemistry equation. Each element has to be mulled and measured in order to find the right mix of explosion and consistency that balances everything out.

Luckily, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has amassed every ingredient necessary to concoct a lethal batch of offense. Now, it’s all up to head coach Jim Caldwell and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi to mix it properly and unleash it on the league.

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