Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell met with the media today after practice, here is a look at what he had to say, as provided by the Detroit Lions.
On DE Ezekiel Ansah: “Not worried about him, he’s progressing well, he’s working, they keep ramping up his activity. He hasn’t had setbacks, so we feel good about where he is. Power, speed, athleticism, and experience he’s got it all.”
On the depth of the defense: “Potentially, I think we have a real good situation up front. You know this game, one day you’re in great shape in terms of depth, the next day you’re having some difficulties. At this point we have some guys that we like what they’re doing out there on the field. We can rotate guys in and out. We don’t have to have guys in there for an inordinate length of time because we do have guys that are in a backup role that can play, we are excited about that.”
On how he’s preparing for Browns QB Johnny Manziel: “We’re not. We’re preparing for ourselves right now. We’re getting ourselves ready and are focusing in on us. It’s our offense against our defense at this point.”
On if he’s noticing any certain personality with his defensive unit: “I think it’s developed over time. You can kind of sense it and see it, but I really do think it’s developing. They’re getting a better feel for the system, they’re functioning within it better. They’re getting a better understanding where they’re reacting more so than thinking. This is going to be our first game really working against the opposition, so I think we’ll be able to tell quite a bit about where we are in that regard. I think you’ll start to see the way the defense plays start to take shape.”
On QB Dan Orlovsky: “Dan is working well. Dan is a pro’s pro. He has a really good knack for being able to come in and function within a system in a hurry. He’s smart, he’s highly competitive and he’s a very fine leader. I’ve had some experience with him before. We just think he’s really doing a great job at this point running the second unit.”