Jim Caldwell talks Lions future at NFL Scouting Combine

INDIANAPOLIS (WXYZ) - The NFL Scouting Combine is officially underway and it's no secret the Detroit Lions will be evaluating an array of position groups.

From wide receivers to cornerbacks, tight ends to safeties, there are a number of needs the Lions top brass will consider in May's draft.

So why on a day when the attention should be focused on Detroit's weaknesses, was Jim Caldwell addressing a perceived strength?

"He's hungry to improve," said Caldwell when talking about quarterback Matthew Stafford. "He's eager. He's a willing worker. He's smart, and he has the tools. I think you're going to see Matthew take the bull by the horns and do all the little things that are necessary for us to keep moving forward as a team."

Caldwell has already answered a lot of questions regarding the highly-talented, but recently maligned quarterback. Even though Detroit's championship hopes ultimately hinge on Stafford's play, Caldwell knows this team desperately needs a playmaker to complement Calvin Johnson.

"We have to make certain whoever is on the other side, that may be getting single coverage, can do some damage," said Caldwell. "That's something we're taking a good hard look at, and one way or another we're going to come up with a guy that will give us balance in that area."

Questions surrounding Stafford's future in Detroit started getting louder following a second straight season of declining numbers, but Caldwell reminds Lions fans that stats don't always tell the story.

"The most important thing is winning," he said. "That's going to be our focus more than some landmark we set in production. We know it's going to be a productive offense because we have players."

A lot of unanswered questions still hover over this franchise leaving many fans with an unsettled feeling about next season. 

Ndamukong Suh's contract negotiations and Brandon Pettigrew's future are just two of the issues that need to be settled sooner than later, but judging by Caldwell's news conference today, things may get even hazier before they clear up.

"We have to take a look at everything and evaluate everything," he said. "Obviously, we're talking in terms of our personal, and our coaching. We have to make adjustments along the way, and not all of them are going to be pretty."

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