Former Detroit Lions’ head coach Jim Schwartz was emotional and lacked discipline. After struggling with his team for two losing seasons, Schwartz was fired. Enter the calm and collected Jim Caldwell to the scene, who the team has embraced.
— Catie Staszak (@CatieStaszak) July 14, 2014
Veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis commented about Caldwell (via Fox Sports).
If you have a problem with him, you probably have a problem within yourself. He’s that type of guy. Some people if you don’t like (them), it’s you, not them.
His attitude, his demeanor really doesn’t change. He’s trustworthy. It’s like being in a marriage. When you know you can trust your partner, you’re not scared to be yourself. That’s what he’s allowing us to be, ourselves.
So the team doesn’t get too complacent with Caldwell’s casual style, he warns.
I’m not always even-keel. You’ll see it at some point in time. I have the same ups and downs as every other human being. I’m passionate about what I do. I do instruction in the classroom, I do instruction when we have our team meetings and I tell them what I want.
That’s kind of how we work and how we operate. There’s no need for a whole lot of cussing, screaming, yelling and all that kind of stuff. It’s a mini-quiz out here (on the practice field). I never had any of my professors yelling in my ear when I was sitting at the desk filling out those multiple-choice questions.
I guess we’ll only hear Caldwell yelling when appropriate and if totally necessary, preferably when the Lions win more games in 2014. As the season unfolds, it will be interesting to see how the players perform under a calmer, soothing, yet more disciplinary environment.
@fakeTorii All we needed was a coach who brought discipline. Got one in Jim Caldwell
— NBA Talk 24/7 (@NBATalk_247) July 14, 2014