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Caldwell: No changes to Lions' coaching staff

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Jim Caldwell

Allen Park — Nothing to see here — at least for now.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Monday there will be "no changes" to the coaching staff after the team fell to 1-6 with a loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

However, before offering the concise response, Caldwell explained in a roundabout way how the Lions are approaching their current situation.

"We're looking at this particular game and focusing in on this game," he said during his 11-minute news conference. "We evaluate everything all the time, which I told you Sunday. … I don't know what difference you think one day is going to make in terms of my response. It's the same response.

"We evaluate all the time, so we look at every single thing — every avenue — trying to get better. Particularly where we are, right? We better look at everything."

To be frank, the Lions are awful at playing football this season. They can't block for their quarterback. When they can, the quarterback can't consistently create big plays. Defensively, the team simply allows too many big plays, and there's a head-scratching play on special teams every week.

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For some of his answers Monday, Caldwell shouldered the blame. But when asked if he would assign blame to the coaches on his staff — offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi among them — he simply wouldn't.

"What I believe is we've won before, and that leads me to believe we can do it again," Caldwell said. "We did it last year. That leads me to believe we can do it again. This year's not over yet. We usually only focus on one game, one game at a time."

This week, the focus is on the Kansas City Chiefs, whom the Lions will play in London on Sunday.

However, the evaluation of the coaching staff and possibly front-office members will continue through the week. The Miami Dolphins fired head coach Joe Philbin after they lost in London to the New York Jets, a defeat that dropped them to 1-3.

If the Lions lose in London, they'll be 1-7, and even if that doesn't eliminate them mathematically from the postseason, they have two of the following four games against the Green Bay Packers. And no math would favor the Lions in those games.

As he said last week, Caldwell said the pressure he feels never changes.

"It's always been a day-to-day business, and it's no different today," he said Monday.

Whether the duties will be different for Caldwell or his coaches in the near future, though, is unclear, as more losses could eventually force management or ownership to make difficult decisions.

"I can't foretell the future," Caldwell said. "I know one thing, we're focused in on one game, one game at a time. What happens down the line, who knows?"

And as he walked away from the podium, Caldwell reminded reporters that no changes are imminent.

"We're evaluating, and that continues to be the case," he said. "So, we make adjustments where we think they're necessary, and that deals with everything that we do."