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  • Ezekiel Ansah usually doesn’t say much. He keeps his sentences short.
    He doesn’t often give much more than the company line and maybe a quip
    here or there.

    But then the defensive end was asked about Jim Caldwell, the coach for
    four of his five years in Detroit, and what he has meant to him. All of a
    sudden, Ansah kept talking and talking.

    “I love Jim Caldwell. You know, no doubt about that,” Ansah said. “He’s
    a great coach. He doesn’t only teach us how to be football players, he
    teaches us how to be responsible men. It’s not all about football. He
    made us understand that people go through tough times, tougher than
    this, you know. People that have been through and have problems that are
    battling and fighting, that is tough.




    Despite the season not going the way they wanted it to, several Lions
    players came to Jim Caldwell's defense and hope to see him back next
    season. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
    This was much of the sentiment throughout the Detroit Lions' locker room
    Sunday afternoon, after their season ended with a 35-11 win over the
    Green Bay Packers -- ensuring the club’s first consecutive winning
    seasons since 1993-1995 and its first sweep of Green Bay since 1991.

    But the Lions also missed the playoffs because of a performance a week
    earlier that looked as listless as the Lions looked motivated Sunday
    against the Packers. And it’s part of how Detroit reached this
    position, with Caldwell's return for a fifth season still an unknown.

    Players said Caldwell didn’t discuss his lack of job security throughout
    the final week of the season. They said he didn’t change his tone at
    all throughout the week, and even in his postgame news conference
    Sunday, he made it mostly about his players -- not his own job.

    “Me personally, the only person I can speak for, I love Coach Caldwell,”
    receiver Golden Tate said. “I love his coaching style. I love what he
    brings to this community, so I hope that I have to play with him here
    for a long time.

    “But that’s not my decision. My Custom Seattle Seahawks Jersey
    job is to play football and try to give this organization the best
    chance to win when I’m on the field, so that’s what I’m going to do and
    whatever happens, my job is to not to necessarily criticize it. My job
    is to make plays and ride with it.”

    Tate also clarified comments Custom Oakland Raiders Jersey
    he made earlier this year, when he said he felt he knew the one thing
    missing from the Lions to make the team a championship contender. At the
    time, he didn’t mention coaching among the things that didn’t need to
    change.

    On Sunday, though, he made clear that he was not referring to coaching
    as an issue, saying, “I don’t think, personally, that he’s been the
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    or ever has been. I’m ‘Team Coach Caldwell’ until I can’t anymore.”

    He wouldn’t say what he believes the issue is, but noted that coaching
    isn’t the problem. Tate said Sunday he does believe the Lions are
    “moving in the right direction.”

    Tate said if Caldwell is let go, he wasn’t sure what it would do the
    Lions' locker room.

    “I don’t know what it’s like not to have Coach Caldwell and I don’t know
    what the plan [is],” Tate said. “I don’t know. I know the connection
    that he has with all of us is special. I think we all respect him, how
    he handles business. I think we all trust him.

    “And for us to be in a situation to the point where our head coach, we
    don’t know if he’s going to have a job, kind of digs at Custom New England Patriots Jersey
    me. You see Coach Caldwell as that mentor and that kind of next dad
    you have. You don’t want to upset him or disappoint him and a few plays
    that [if] we did better this year, maybe this isn’t even a topic of
    discussion.”

    But those plays did happen and the Lions did fail in critical junctures,
    so Caldwell’s job is in question. If Sunday was it for Caldwell,
    though, he approached it just like everything he does. He Custom Seattle Seahawks Jersey
    was even-keeled.

    He treated his players the same. He planned on going about his job the
    same -- at least until he’s told the Detroit Lions' coaching job isn’t
    his anymore, if that happens. And while it isn’t up to the Lions'
    players, they don’t believe he should be gone -- and didn’t think that
    Sunday was his last game with the Lions.

    “No, not for a minute,” linebacker Tahir Whitehead said. “I don’t see
    any reason as to why he shouldn’t be back. Two playoff appearances in
    four years, winning record. Other guys have gone longer. There’s no
    reason he shouldn’t be back.”