What Lions players and others are saying about the hiring of Jim Caldwell as the new head coach of the team. This will be updated throughout the day.
Lions running back Reggie Bush:
#JimCaldwell 👍👍👍👍— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) January 14, 2014
Lions RB Joique Bell:
Lions safety Glover Quin:
The wait is over. Congrats to Coach Caldwell. Heard lot of good things about him..— Glover Quin Jr (@GloverQuin27) January 14, 2014
Lions TE Joseph Fauria:
Excited to be apart of the beginning of the Jim Caldwell era! Welcome to Detroit. Let's be GREAT! Go Lions!— Joseph Fauria (@BigJoeFauria) January 14, 2014
Tony Dungy, head coach when Caldwell was offensive coordinator in Indianapolis:
I'm excited for Matthew Stafford & the Detroit Lions. I think he's going to flourish under Jim Caldwell. Lions will be a playoff team in '14— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) January 14, 2014
Lions RB Steven Miller:
Congratulations to Jim Caldwell on becoming our new head coach. #LionBlood— Steven Miller (@Steevie_Mo) January 14, 2014
Lions Hall of Famer Barry Sanders:
Lions LB Tahir Whitehead:
Going into the 2014 season with #CoachCaldwell, hearing many great things. Can't wait to get to work.— Tahir Whitehead (@Big_Tah47) January 14, 2014
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco:
"I enjoyed my time with Jim greatly. He is a man that I will always respect as a football coach, leader and a friend. Through his calming influence and extensive knowledge of the game, he was an integral part of our success over the past few years. He will be missed by me and the Ravens. I wish him the best of luck in Detroit."
Ravens WR Torrey Smith:
Congrats to Coach Caldwell...great coach/teacher and even better person..he always taught us something new..he will do well in Detroit— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) January 14, 2014
Ravens center Gino Gradkowski:
Very happy for coach Caldwell. He is a great coach and a great person. I think Detroit is lucky to have him.— Gino Gradkowski (@GinoGrad56) January 14, 2014
ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, who first reported news of the hiring:
An endorsement from @TonyDungy is always a great thing. Helped Jim Caldwell in Detroit.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 14, 2014
Jeff Saturday, former Colts center, ESPN analyst:
"Jim Caldwell will bring discipline, he'll bring consistency and a stability to this organization.
"He'll sit down with guys. He'll put a plan in place that he knows can be effective and knows it will win games. Those things, with the accountability and the discipline, are what he brings to the table. This is a perfect fit for the Lions and a good hire by those guys."
Tweet from Ian Rapoport, NFL Network:
Dennis Coleman, agent for #Lions coach Jim Caldwell: “This is the job he wanted all along. It takes him back to his Midwestern roots.”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 14, 2014
"There might be one other thing to read on Caldwell's resume. One other thing that speaks volumes.
"It would be under references, although the person listed reportedly didn't wait for teams considering Caldwell to dial him up. Instead he took time out of his playoff preparation to lobby general managers on behalf of his old coach. Maybe that proactive move says more about the significance of that 2011 timeout than anything else, and suggests the true confidence in the ability of Jim Caldwell is deeper than an instantaneous sideline reaction.
"The reference fully behind Jim Caldwell getting another shot as a head coach, the one who kept dialing everyone up across the NFL this month and singing his praises?