Detroit Lions

1st NFC North (1-1-0)

Founded: 1930

Stadium: Ford Field

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  • Fairley: 'My eating habits have got in the way'

    The Detroit Lions failed to pick up Nick Fairley's fifth-year option and demoted him to the second-string defense. The reason: he's not in shape and not playing well.
  • Lions' Stafford sharp, but Matt McGloin rallies Raiders

    Matthew Stafford threw touchdown passes on his first two drives for Detroit before Matt McGloin threw a 19-yard TD pass to Brice Butler with 6 seconds left to give the Oakland Raiders a 27-26 victory.
  • Report: Fairley's weight a factor in declining role

    Nick Fairley's weight has fluctuated this offseason. The Detroit Lions' 2011 first-round pick has been packing on the pounds as he slides down the depth chart.
  • Manziel shows off skills in Browns' preseason debut

    Johnny Manziel showed off some of his fancy footwork, and the Cleveland rookie looked sharp with his arm too in his preseason debut, although the Browns lost to the Detroit Lions 13-12 on Saturday night.
  • Drayton Florence signs with Detroit Lions

    Drayton Florence is heading back to Detroit. The veteran cornerback has signed with the Lions, returning to the team where he spent the 2012 season.
  • Lions waive Jon Baldwin due to a failed physical

    The Detroit Lions waived wide receiver Jon Baldwin just two days after claiming him off waivers from the 49ers. He reportedly had knee issues with San Francisco.
  • Lions pick up Baldwin

    The Detroit Lions claimed Jon Baldwin off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers. Will the former first-round draft pick play a big role in the Lions offense?
  • Fauria: All three TEs will contribute to Lions offense

    Joseph Fauria looks to be the third tight end in the Detroit Lions' offense behind rookie Eric Ebron and veteran Brandon Pettigrew. However, Fauria believes there is plenty of pie for all three to eat.
  • Lions table extension talks with Suh

    The Detroit Lions and Ndamukong Suh won't get a contract extension done in 2014. The team said it has decided to table talks with one of the NFL's best defensive players until after the season.
  • Caldwell: Stafford's mechanics, command getting better

    The Detroit Lions' offseason focus has been on improving quarterback Matthew Stafford. Coach Jim Caldwell said the early returns have been positive.
  • Preseason rankings: Breakdown by position

    Around The League explores which players rank among the best at every position. For the quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers stands alone at the top. Which other signal-callers made the cut?
Draft 2014 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 10 (10) Ebron, Eric TE 
Rd 2, Pick 8 (40) Van Noy, Kyle OLB 
Rd 3, Pick 12 (76) Swanson, Travis C 
Rd 4, Pick 33 (133) Lawson, Nevin CB 
Rd 4, Pick 36 (136) Webster, Larry DE 
Rd 5, Pick 18 (158) Reid, Caraun DT 
Rd 6, Pick 13 (189) Jones, T.J. WR 
Rd 7, Pick 14 (229) Freese, Nate K 
Scoreboard more Coliseum - Wk 2 1 2 3 4 T
Detroit Lions 13 3 7 3 26
Oakland Raiders 0 10 7 10 27
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
P1 Sat, Aug 09 Cleveland 13-12   W
P2 Fri, Aug 15 @ Oakland 26-27   L
P3 Fri, Aug 22 Jacksonville 7:30 PM ET
P4 Thu, Aug 28 @ Buffalo 7:00 PM ET
1 Mon, Sep 08 New York Giants 7:10 PM ET
2 Sun, Sep 14 @ Carolina 1:00 PM ET
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
No Injuries Reported
Preseason Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Dan Orlovsky 35 20 242 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Mikel Leshoure 15 54 3.6 0
George Winn 14 48 3.4 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Ryan Broyles 5 69 13.8 0
Andrew Peacock 6 57 9.5 0
Golden Tate 4 55 13.8 1
Jeremy Ross 3 47 15.7 0
Transactions more
Date Transaction
8/19 Drayton Florence (DB) Terminated, Vested Veteran, all contracts (terminated, vested veteran, all contracts).
8/16 Shamari Benton (LB) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
8/11 Quintin Payton (WR) Waived, No Recall (waived, no recall).
8/11 Conner Vernon (WR) Assigned via Waivers (assigned via waivers).
NFC North more
Team W L T Win %
Detroit 0 0 0 .000
Chicago 0 0 0 .000
Green Bay 0 0 0 .000
Minnesota 0 0 0 .000

Head Coach more

Jim Caldwell

Regular Season: 26-22

Postseason: 2-2

Experience: 3

Career record: 28-24

The Detroit Lions hired Jim Caldwell to replace the fired Jim Schwartz as head coach.

Caldwell was previously head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-11, taking that team to Super Bowl XLIV after the 2009 season. Most recently he was the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator, a post he assumed late in the 2012 season, replacing the fired Cam Cameron. The Ravens went on to win the Super Bowl, with Caldwell -- who was Baltimore's QB coach before becoming OC --receiving a lot of credit for the outstanding play of quarterback Joe Flacco.

Caldwell became the Colts coach following the retirement of Tony Dungy on January 12, 2009. Caldwell had served with Indianapolis since 2002. He spent the first three seasons as quarterbacks coach before earning the expanded title of assistant head coach prior to the 2005 season.


Caldwell joined Indianapolis from Tampa Bay, where he served in the same capacity during the 2001 season. Caldwell has more than 20 years of collegiate experience. Caldwell spent 1993-2000 as head coach at Wake Forest. In 1999, Caldwell led the school to its first winning season and bowl game since 1992. Wake Forest defeated Arizona State, 23-3, in the Aloha Bowl. During Caldwell's tenure, Wake Forest ranked among the nation's Top 25 teams in passing offense on four different occasions, including 10th in the NCAA in 1995. That season, quarterback Rusty LaRue established seven NCAA passing records.


Caldwell served as an assistant coach at Southern Illinois (1978-80), Northwestern (1981), Colorado (1982-84), Louisville (1985) and Penn State (1986-92). Caldwell joined Penn State as wide receivers coach. He then coached quarterbacks the following season and added passing game coordinator responsibilities in 1988. At Penn State, Caldwell tutored quarterback Kerry Collins, who went on to win the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top college quarterback and the Maxwell Award as the nation's most outstanding player. Caldwell has coached in six bowl games and won a national championship with Penn State in 1986. In addition to serving on Joe Paterno's staff that won a national championship, Caldwell tutored under three other coaches who won collegiate titles (Rey Dempsey, Southern Illinois; Bill McCartney, Colorado; Howard Schnellenberger, Louisville).


 Caldwell was a four-year starter as a defensive back at Iowa and worked as a graduate assistant for the Hawkeyes in 1977.


 Caldwell was born on January 16, 1955 in Beloit, Wis. He and his wife, Cheryl, have four children: Jimmy, Jermaine, Jared and Natalie.

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