Lions players react to news of Caldwell's hiring

When a head coach is fired, players are caught in the crossfire - undoubtedly feeling a sense of responsibility for one man losing his job, while anxiously awaiting the announcement of who's next.

Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson has been through this exercise before, but defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is experiencing this type of turnover for the first time. 

"Mr. Lewand and Mr. Mayhew made a decision to hire a new coach," said Suh.  "I think they went through the process very diligently. It's always a tough decision to get rid of a good coach like we had in Coach Schwartz. I had a good relationship with him and did some very positive things with him. 

"Sometimes change is good and it needed to happen in the front office's eyes. Now it's about moving forward. Go play and make the best out of the situation. You've got to live in the future and you can't look back in the past."

Burleson is pleased with the decision to hire Caldwell, despite many fans expressing disappointment that Ken Whisenhunt was hired by the Titans.

"Why is everybody so set on Whisenhunt? Was it because the media was saying he was the best coach available? What was the research behind it," said Burleson

"There were two very good coaches for the job - Whisenhunt and Caldwell.  For us to land one of those guys means we got the job done.  I believe his demeanor and what he is going to bring to the table is great for this team.  We had many moments in the last handful of years where talent did not match up to how we were able to finish games and finish seasons.  So coming from that Tony Dungy-umbrella of coaching, he could be the perfect coach for the job.  He seems to be the fit that we needed. Not what everyone else thought we needed." 

When I asked Suh what has to change with the Lions and what the team needed from a head coach moving forward, he said, "We all have to take accountability. As long as we take accountability for our actions of what we did on that football field and correct ourselves this offseason, understanding the new things that are coming our way, and what we need to do, it will have some positive effects going to the 2014-2015 season.
 
"Detroit is home to me and I'm excited and look forward to turning this city around. I think we're on our way. We have a lot of positve things. Of all the teams looking for coaches - Cleveland, ourselves, Tennessee, all the other different teams with coaching vacancies, I think we have the best job available. I am happy to see Jim Caldwell get the job and I look forward to working with him."
 
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