Caldwell likes to bring the heat in Lions camp
Allen Park – For some, Michigan’s current 10-day forecast can be overwhelming, with the threat of multiple 90-degree highs encouraging residents to never stray too far from an air-conditioned building.
But not Jim Caldwell. The Detroit Lions coach is pleased this sizzling summer is going to keep punishing the state, and more importantly, his football team the next couple weeks.
“I love hot camps,” Caldwell said. “We haven’t had very hot camps here the last couple years. I think we’ve had maybe six days total that have been above 90 degrees, somewhere in that area, the last two camps. Hopefully we’ll have a few more of those.
“The reason why we need them is because if we end up playing a game where it’s very, very warm, and we certainly don’t want to get acclimated during game time.”
Caldwell said he intentionally scheduled most of the team’s practices to start at 3 p.m. because it’s the hottest time of the day.
“If they can function and practice in that kind of weather then they can function and practice any place, anywhere, any time,” Caldwell said.
High temperatures might not come into play for the Lions this season. The team’s early-season road games are to Indianapolis, where the Colts play in a dome, Chicago and Green Bay. The lone southern trip to an outdoor stadium will be to Houston at the end of October, when highs are typically in the high 70s or low 80s that time of year.