Motor City Table Talk: A look ahead at the 2014 Detroit Lions

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Aug 2, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell walks to the field during training camp at the Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

4. What is the best attribute that Jim Caldwell brings to the team?

Tony Fischer:

"“Everything I have read says that Caldwell is a master communicator and excels at motivating players in a positive way. That could go a long way to building a strong team chemistry.”"

Vincent Bianchi:

"“The best attribute that Jim Caldwell brings with him, is his entire attitude.” “Caldwell says he plans on the Lions being a much more disciplined team. That alone was something Jim Schwartz never seemed to address. Also being a much more focused team that knows how to finish a game. Last season the Lions were either tied or held the lead in 15 out of 16 games but came away with 7 wins. That really makes you wonder what could have been. It isn’t something he is going to address once and move on, he’s going to make sure his message is heard every day. He’s also won two Super Bowl as an assistant coach one in Indianapolis and one in Baltimore. Actually, the most impressive thing Jim Caldwell brings to Detroit, might be the seal of approval from Peyton Manning. “"

Nate Williams:

Jim Caldwell was brought into Detroit to make sure that the identity of the team was completely changed. One of the area’s within that identity that absolutely must be addressed is protecting the football.

The Lions’ turnover ratio of minus-12 last year ranked near the bottom of the NFL. Caldwell has worked on both sides of the ball to improve that.

Caldwell is a quarterbacks coach by nature and he has worked with one of the best to ever play the game in Mr. Peyton Manning. If Matthew Stafford cannot correct his issues with the staff that Mayhew and company have assembled around him, then there may not be a point in trying any longer.

I look for Stafford to have a far better year than he had in Detroit a season ago. I’m not saying he will go out and win the league MVP, but if he can get his interception totals back down into the single digits then he’ll be on the right track for those types of goals in the future.