Jim Caldwell

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 21: Head coach Jim Caldwell of the Detroit Lions on the sidelines during the second quarter at Soldier Field on December 21, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

In First Season, Caldwell Leaves Little Doubt Lions Got The Right Man For The Job

Detroit’s roster changed little from 2013 to 2014, but under Caldwell the team came much closer to maxing out its potential.

CBS Detroit–01/12/2015

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 04:  Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions reacts after the Lions score against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

Mayhew Says Stafford Had ‘Outstanding’ Season, Expects More From Offense In ’15

“Winning the games is the most important thing,” Mayhew continued.

CBS Detroit–01/09/2015

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15:  (L-R) Center Dominic Raiola #51, tackle Corey Hilliard #78 of the Detroit Lions/32 and guard Rob Sims #67 of the Detroit Lions during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carindals defeated the Lions 25-21.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Future Uncertain For Free Agents Sims, Raiola; Both Want To Stay With Lions

Both free agents, Raiola and Sims have been stalwarts of the unit for years – Sims since 2010 and Raiola since 2001.

CBS Detroit–01/08/2015

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 04:  Matt Prater #5 of the Detroit Lions kicks a field goal against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Prater Hoping To Stay With Lions As Long As Possible: ‘I Feel Like I Owe Them’

“Now I feel like I owe them,” Prater added, “so I want to stay here as long as I can.”

CBS Detroit–01/07/2015

Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys argues with side judge Allen Baynes #56 after a penatly was called against Anthony Hitchens #59 of the Dallas Cowboys when he collided with Brandon Pettigrew #87 of the Detroit Lions on a pass play during the second half of their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

Caldwell Says Refs Got It Wrong, Suggests NFL’s Instant Replay Be Expanded

Caldwell suggested the NFL learn from what he termed a mistake by the officials in the game between Detroit and the Dallas Cowboys.

CBS Detroit–01/05/2015

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 04:  Kicker Matt Prater #5 of the Detroit Lions celebrates with tight end Brandon Pettigrew #87 and punter Sam Martin #6 after Prater makes a 39-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter agaisnt the Dallas Cowboys during the NFC Wildcard Playoff Game at AT&T Stadium on January 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Former Head Of Officiating Mike Pereira: Dallas Caught ‘Huge Break’ When Refs Picked Up Flag

“To me, you can’t pick that flag up,” Pereira said.

CBS Detroit–01/05/2015

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 7: Joique Bell #35 of the Detroit Lions rushes for a third quarter touchdown during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field on December 7, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Buccaneers 34-17.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Lions Continue To Stave Off Playoff Fever As Chicago Game Draws Near

Players have followed Caldwell’s lead on declining to talk playoffs, but they understand the gravity of the opportunity in front of them.

CBS Detroit–12/19/2014

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 15: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs the ball during the first quarter of a game against the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field on December 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

For Lions, First Priority Against Bears Will Be Stopping Matt Forte

A seven-year veteran, Forte has racked up 932 yards on 230 carries this season.

CBS Detroit–12/19/2014

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 09: Dominic Raiola #51 and Travis Swanson #64 of the Detroit Lions celebrates the game winning touchdown during the fourth quarter of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Ford Field on November 09 , 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Dolphins 20-16. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

With A Heart For Detroit, Raiola Is Much More Than The Sum Of His Miscues

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.

CBS Detroit–12/19/2014

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 14: Head coach Jim Caldwell of the Detroit Lions looks on during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on December 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Detroit Lions win 16-14 over the Minnesota Vikings. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

A Look At NFL’s Most Underappreciated, Overblown

On the other hand, Jim Caldwell (Detroit) and Bill O’Brien (Houston) have done a fine job in Year 1.

97.1 The Ticket–12/19/2014

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