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JIM CALDWELL ON LIONS LOSS TO RAVENS

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LIONS HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL ON LIONS LOSS TO RAVENS. FROM TODAY’S PRESSER, COACH CALDWELL ON . . .

If there is any update on QB Matthew Stafford’s hand: “Yeah, still the same. Same as I mentioned yesterday. So, nothing new has popped up. He’s just pretty sore right about now.”

How difficult it would be for Stafford to throw with his entire throwing hand being injured: “I’m not certain. We’ll have to kind of see how that goes to be honest with you. It’s not going to be obviously, any time that you’re dealing with a throwing hand it’s not going to be easy. We’ll see how it heals.”

 

There being a shakeup needed due to where the team is at this point in the season: “Yeah, we’re always tinkering with things, but also season’s not over yet, all right? I mean, you guys are talking as if it’s all is lost and that kind of thing. That’s the great thing about our game, it’s going to challenge you. It’s going to be tough. It’s not going to be an easy road. And it’s either going to polish you up or grind you down, and it’s our job to make certain that we get polished up. We got a lot of work to do, but that’s all part of what we do.”

What he would say to people that think the program is not headed in the right direction: “Yeah, I’m only really talking to my guys. The guys that play the game. Those are the guys that obviously, we got to make certain how they’re thinking. There’s going to be varied opinions outside of this building. There are going to be some that think you’re doing great. There are going to be some that think you’re doing poorly. And you’re not going to please everybody, but I think more so than anything else, the thing that we’re going to focus on most, what changes all that, the complexities, and whether or not people are up, or down, or excited, or sad, or whatever it might be, is winning. So, we’re going to look at the things. Handling all those different opinions is not going to do us any good, not going to help us get a first down. So, what we do is try to focus in on the things we can do. That’s how we practice, that’s how we play. Anything else, obviously we just kind of let someone else deal with that issue.”

Why he thinks this program is still headed in the right direction: “Well, it’s where we are. I’ve been 6-6 before, and pulled it out. So, let’s see where we are at the end. It’s tough. That’s the way this game is, no guarantees.”

If he can tell if his team is still focused on the task given yesterday’s performance: “Third quarter you think they were focused on the task? So, sometimes they were. It’s the same thing that’s been happening to us, right? We’ve been kind of up and down, inconsistent, so that’s the thing that we’re trying to get rid of, that inconsistency.”

What mood the team is in today: “Haven’t met with them, but I would not anticipate it’s going to be very good, and it shouldn’t be. So, I’ll meet with them here a little bit later on this afternoon.”

How alarming getting outscored 36-3 in the first quarter of the past four games is: “No, I think it might be a little bit more alarming—Something you’re going to want to get straightened away, there’s no doubt about that because we don’t want to start that way. But I think too, you look back on I think 23 of the—Or 24 of the 33 games or whatever we’ve won around here, we’ve come from behind in every single one of them. But yeah, we’d like to be able to start better, but one thing we’re not going to do is let it affect our psyche in that regard. But we got to get better, we’re just not good enough right now and we got to keep fighting to get it, you know. That’s the name of the game, that’s our challenge as a staff and as a team.”

Who is responsible for shuttling in players before a play: “I am.”

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