Caldwell has brought a level of "calmness and maturity" to the organization

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Detroit Lions vice chairman Bill Ford says new head coach Jim Caldwell has brought an immediate calmness and maturity to the organization

ORLANDO -- Jim Caldwell has a quiet and calming confidence about him.

Anyone who has spent any amount of time with him will say that about him. His personality and level of experience has even made an early impact of Lions vice chairman Bill Ford.

"I think Jim (Caldwell) has brought a level of calmness and maturity immediately to the organization,” Bill Ford told beat writers at the NFL Annual Meetings Monday morning. “His demeanor is something everyone remarks upon. And I like the staff very much he’s put together.”

Bill Ford sat in on Caldwell’s first interview in Detroit.

In Caldwell, the Lions have an almost 180 degree different personality than former head coach Jim Schwartz, who is now the defensive coordinator in Buffalo.

Schwartz was fiery and emotional on the sideline and was in his first head-coaching gig.

Caldwell is expected to bring a more calm and stoic demeanor to the sideline, much like he did in Indianapolis, when he led that franchise to the Super Bowl during the 2009 season as it’s head coach.

Caldwell’s hiring, along with the additions of offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter, are expected to have an immediate impact on quarterback Matthew Stafford, who struggled down the stretch last year.

Bill Ford made it clear, however, the coaching changes weren’t done with only an eye on benefiting the quarterback position.

“I’ve read in the past, whether it was (Joe) Lombardi or Caldwell, this was all about Matthew,” Bill Ford said. “Clearly, we’re going to support Matthew, but this staff really stands on it’s own independent of the quarterback.”


Bill Ford was also asked Monday if he's been involved in any way helping to get a new contract with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

“I have a good relationship with him and obviously would be happy to talk to him at any level about him staying, but it’s different with someone you already have a relationship with," he said when asked if he's recruiting Suh to stay.

"You’re not trying to teach them about organization. He knows the city. He likes the city. He knows our organization. He likes us. And now it’s a business deal, so it’s your job (pointing to Lions team president Tom Lewand, who was standing next to him)."