The Detroit Lions are seemingly directionless at 0-5, but not everyone is ready to jump ship. But after a report said head coach Jim Caldwell was starting to lose the team, Lions safety James Ihedigbo and a couple other players quickly ran to his defense.
Ihedigbo said the following, per Kyle Meinke of MLive.com:
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Several of Ihedigbo's teammates seem to be on the same page. Wide receiver Golden Tate backed up his comments and expressed his confidence in Caldwell's ability to get the team back on track, via MLive.com:
Running back Joique Bell, who missed the Lions' Week 5 loss to the Cardinals with ankle/Achilles injuries, said the players deserve more blame than the coaches.
"I'm pretty sure he took a lot of blame for it, but it was definitely all on us," Bell said, per MLive.com. "Six turnovers in a game? It's hard to come back from that. Pretty sure Caldwell took a lot of the blame, when in reality, it wasn't him at all."
Caldwell led the Lions to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth last season, so many of the players still believe they can win with him in command. Detroit's current, five-game losing streak has most outsiders in serious doubt, though.