Head coach Jim Caldwell spoke to reporters Monday to kick off the new work week for the Detroit Lions as they began preparations for Sunday's game vs. Pittsburgh after enjoying the weekend off for their bye.
So, what were some of the key questions that came out of that Monday media session?
**Where does Caldwell think his team stands coming out of the bye week?
"3-3. That's where I think we are," he said. "That's what we look like. You are what your record says you are. It's our job to get better."
Detroit currently trails the Vikings (5-2) and Packers (4-3) in the NFC North. The Lions' remaining 10 opponents currently own a win-loss record of 31-37.
What are the challenges for a player like Taylor Decker coming back after a five-month layoff?
Caldwell did not confirm the team's timeframe for Decker's return to practice or his ultimate removal from the PUP list, but he did talk in general about players knocking off the rust after an extended rehab like the one Decker's gone through with his right shoulder.
"I think just like anything else it just takes a little time to get the timing back and the physical nature of the game and all of those things that go along with it," Caldwell said. "It's a process."
When asked if he had a sense of how long that would take, Caldwell said that each player is different.
Decker is eligible to return to practice at any time, and play in a game as soon as doctors and coaches clear him to do so and remove him from the PUP list.
Did Caldwell get a chance to live-scout the Steelers and the Packers, the next two opponents on Detroit's schedule?
The Steelers looked like juggernauts in dismantling the Cincinnati Bengals by double-digits. The Packers struggled in their first full game without quarterback Aaron Rodgers in a loss to the Saints.
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Caldwell said the bye week did allow him and his staff to get a head start and extra viewing time on the team's next couple of opponents.
Just a couple weeks ago, most people outside of Pittsburgh had written the Steelers off after a couple of bad losses. Two weeks ago, most had the Packers as shoe-ins to win the NFC North.
Things can change rather quickly in the NFL.
"It's kind of week to week in this league," Caldwell said. "It's why it's so up and down. One week you play well and everybody thinks you're great. One week you play poorly and they think you're terrible."
Why has Ziggy Ansah struggled mightily so far this year?
This was a question Caldwell didn't quite agree with.
Ansah has four sacks in six games, but three of those sacks came Week 2 in New York vs. Eli Manning and the Giants. He has one sack in his other five contests.
"I don't know if he's struggled mightily," Caldwell said. "He's gotten a few sacks here and there and the season isn't over yet. It's six ball games. Let's talk about that at the end of the year and see where he is.
"I think Ziggy, when you look at him, he's gotten some production for us. Oftentimes, you don't see it stat wise. You guys look for sacks and those kinds of things, we look for disruption and assists. He has a lot of that. He makes plays for us. He sets the edge for us. Does a lot of things extremely well."