ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The Detroit Lions are beginning training camp under another new coach — but for once, there's no long rebuilding project ahead.
Jim Caldwell spoke to reporters Sunday, which was reporting day at training camp for Detroit's veterans. The team will practice Monday. The Lions haven't won their division since 1993 and have only one playoff victory since winning the 1957 NFL title — but with a core of players that includes Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh, there will be plenty of urgency for this team in Caldwell's first season as Lions coach.
Detroit squandered a great chance to make the playoffs last year, losing six of their last seven and finishing 7-9. That collapse cost coach Jim Schwartz his job, and Caldwell took over.