Lions coach Jim Caldwell on not looking ahead


Allen Park — The Lions' 16-14 win over the Vikings at Ford Field on Sunday moved them closer to a playoff spot, bumping them into a first-place tie with the Packers.

But with a win already over Green Bay, the Lions own the tiebreaker and are in position to have a first-round bye and host a home playoff game, if they can hold on in the final two games of the season.

That includes the regular-season finale against the Packers at Lambeau Field.

Still, Lions coach Jim Caldwell isn't looking ahead and is trying to keep his players focused on this week's game at Chicago — where they could clinch a postseason spot — before thinking about the finale.

In his weekly press conference on Monday, Caldwell was asked about why he doesn't like to look ahead.

"It's like texting and driving — that's a real-world example. You can't have your focus and attention on two things at one time," Caldwell said. "We know all the problems and issues that we've had in terms of on the road with that kind of issue — it's no different.

"Obviously, I'm not talking about the same dire consequences, but I'm talking about the example of distorted vision."


Rod Beard and Josh Katzenstein talk about Lions playoff possibilities.

Defensive end Jason Jones said after the win Sunday that he could taste the playoffs, but drew a little ire from Caldwell from even a peek past the Bears game.

"I hope he's talking about tasting practice next week," Caldwell shot back Sunday after hearing of Jones' comments.

Caldwell has the Lions at 10-4 in his first season and within reach of a North Division title and the postseason if they win their final two games. He's trying to maintain a steely focus on the Bears.

Even at home, Caldwell doesn't give it a rest, indicating that his family doesn't even ask him about the possibility of making the playoffs, having been around him for long enough to know better.

"They don't ask me (about the playoffs); they don't talk about it and it's not an issue. They also know how hard it is to do," he said. "You have to earn your way into the playoffs. You don't talk your way in; you earn your way in. We haven't earned it yet, so we still have to go to work."