Jim Caldwell has landed in Detroit, and he has a message for Lions fans.
“I think you’re gonna enjoy seeing a very, very intense smart, fast, physical football team,” the new coach says in the video released Wednesday afternoon by the Lions.
Caldwell will be introduced during a 4 p.m. press conference Wednesday at Ford Field.
In the 48-second video, Caldwell, 58, expresses his excitement with becoming the Lions' 26th head coach and provides reasons for optimism in 2014.
"Certainly excited to be here," he said. "I'm looking forward to certainly giving you an opportunity to see what product we're going to be able to put on the field.”
Caldwell comes to the Lions after two years as an assistant on the Ravens staff with the majority served as offensive coordinator. Before that, he was head coach of the Colts from 2009-11 with a record of 26-22 and a Super Bowl loss in his first season.
Caldwell takes over what many consider a talented Lions offense with the pieces to win in 2014, and he explained in the video what he likes on offense and defense.
"We have young guys on defense that are doing a tremendous job that are certainly going to be able to stop the run, run to the ball and certainly create some havoc for the opposition," he said. "And then we also have a high-flying offense that's going to give us an opportunity to put some points on the board, and not only just put some points on the board, but to win.
"So we want those standards high. We want you to expect the best from us and we certainly want you to give us all you got. So (I'm) looking forward to it, and thanks very much for allowing me to come into your community."
Earlier, the Lions posted photos on Twitter of their new coach arriving at the airport Wednesday morning. He wore the right tie – blue, silver and black – and was greeted by Lions general manager Martin Mayhew.
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