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Jim Caldwell leading Lions in a new way with calming presence in a contrast from Jim Schwartz

  • Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell watches practice during an NFL football training camp in Allen Park, Mich., Thursday, July 31, 2014. Caldwell has had a calming presence on his new team, perhaps giving the franchise what it needed after five years with the emotionally charged Jim Schwartz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell watches practice during an NFL football training camp in Allen Park, Mich., Thursday, July 31, 2014. Caldwell has had a calming presence on his new team, perhaps giving the franchise what it needed after five years with the emotionally charged Jim Schwartz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford watches practice with president Tom Lewand, left, and head coach Jim Caldwell, right, during NFL football training camp in Allen Park, Mich., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Detroit Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford watches practice with president Tom Lewand, left, and head coach Jim Caldwell, right, during NFL football training camp in Allen Park, Mich., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson signs autographs after an NFL football training camp in Allen Park, Mich., Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson signs autographs after an NFL football training camp in Allen Park, Mich., Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell says he took players out to dinner during the offseason to serve them better as their leader.

Caldwell believes coaching is a service business.

Jim Schwartz never seemed to say anything like that during his five years with the Lions.

Caldwell has had a calming presence on his new team and at least a couple players say his approach is a refreshing change.

Schwartz was emotionally charged on the sideline — and infamously on the field during one postgame exchange with San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh — and his ways appeared to wear on executives and players.

He was fired following last season's flop and Caldwell was given a second chance to lead an NFL team.

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