Detroit’s roster changed little from 2013 to 2014, but under Caldwell the team came much closer to maxing out its potential.
“Winning the games is the most important thing,” Mayhew continued.
Both free agents, Raiola and Sims have been stalwarts of the unit for years – Sims since 2010 and Raiola since 2001.
“Now I feel like I owe them,” Prater added, “so I want to stay here as long as I can.”
Caldwell suggested the NFL learn from what he termed a mistake by the officials in the game between Detroit and the Dallas Cowboys.
“To me, you can’t pick that flag up,” Pereira said.
Players have followed Caldwell’s lead on declining to talk playoffs, but they understand the gravity of the opportunity in front of them.
A seven-year veteran, Forte has racked up 932 yards on 230 carries this season.
A three-time game captain for the Lions this season, Raiola might be one of the most beloved players in the locker room. Outside, he might be considered one of the most polarizing given his history of coarse interactions with fans.
On the other hand, Jim Caldwell (Detroit) and Bill O’Brien (Houston) have done a fine job in Year 1.