Missed tackles land James Ihedigbo on Lions' bench
Lions strong safety James Ihedigbo missed a couple tackles in the first half Sunday, and despite playing at a near-Pro Bowl level this season, the coaches benched him in the second half.
"We just made some adjustments, and oftentimes we make decisions depending on what we see and that was one of those," Caldwell said.
With Ihedigbo on the bench, Isa Abdul-Quddus played strong safety for the entire third quarter and into the fourth quarter, but the Lions gave up 14 points in each half. Ihedigbo also forced a fumble that defensive end George Johnson recovered in the second quarter, his third forced fumble of the season.
Ihedigbo entered the game third on the team in tackles and had four interceptions, and he said he was frustrated, surprised and upset when the coaches told him at halftime he had to take a seat.
"I feel I've given everything that I have in me, whether hurt or sick or whatever it is, to this team, so it's pretty unfortunate," Ihedigbo said.
Caldwell wouldn't comment on whether or not Ihedigbo would start next week.
"Next week is next week, and right now we're talking about this particular ballgame," he said.