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Caldwell Leading Lions In Different Way; Other NFL News
Friday Aug 01, 2014 12:00am

Jim Caldwell leading Lions in a new way
(ALLEN PARK) – Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell took players, by position group, out to dinner during the offseason and allowed them to pick their favorite restaurants in the Motor City. Caldwell asked each player what their favorite books and movies were along with other questions, probing for details about them as people. In an interview with the Associated Press, Caldwell says the more you know about your players, the better you can serve them. Jim Schwartz never seemed to say anything like that during his five years with the Lions. Schwartz was emotionally charged on the sideline. When Schwartz did not point out mistakes made by top players while he would sharply criticize others on the roster, he appeared to lose respect in the locker room and front office. That may have led to him getting fired following last season's flop to a 7-9 finish that dropped his overall record to 29-51 in Detroit. Caldwell was hired, getting a second chance to lead an NFL team after coaching the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-2011, and his even-handed approach has been a welcome change of pace. Caldwell, who was the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens when they won the Super Bowl two years ago and had the same job last season, impressed the Lions during interviews when they were searching for someone to replace Schwartz.

Colts lose guard to injury
(ANDERSON, IN) - The injuries are already piling up in Indianapolis. On Thursday, the Colts put starting left guard Donald Thomas on season-ending injured reserve with a torn right quad, the same diagnosis that ended his 2013 season after just two games. The move comes one day after running back Vick Ballard had season-ending surgery to fix a torn left Achilles' tendon. And training camp is barely a week old. Coach Chuck Pagano says Donald, just like Vick, has been working extremely hard to get back. But that's no consolation o the 6 foot 3, 303 pounder who was trying to come back from the torn quad and a torn biceps. He was injured late in Wednesday's practice after he wound up in a pile on the ground. The frustration showed immediately as Thomas slapped the ground and then limped behind a wall of teammates.

Browns sign safety Leonhard
(BEREA, OH) – Cleveland has signed safety Jim Leonhard, making the Browns the fifth different NFL team in the nine year veteran's career. Leonhard, 31, was with Buffalo last year where he spent the first four seasons of his career after being signed as an undrafted rookie out of Wisconsin in 2005. He had four interceptions playing in 16 games last season with seven starts. He has 12 career interceptions.

Marshall says Cutler could be MVP this year
(BOURBANNAIS, IL) – Just five days into training camp on Wednesday, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall elevated quarterback Jay Cutler to an elite status. Marshal first insisted during an interview with the NFL Network that Cutler can be the MVP this season, and a few minutes later defended his belief and the Bears quarterback. Marshall says Cutler is different not only from when the two broke in together in Deiver in 2006, but also from last season. Marshall sees Cutler not only as an MVP candidate, but developing into more of a leader, something Cutler has been criticized for in the past. Cutler achieved a career-best passer rating last year, but has been known more for his big arm than victories or efficiency throughout his career.

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