Lions notes: More on the Jim Caldwell hire

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Lions notes looks at the Jim Caldwell hire, Nate Burleson, Dominic Raiola and more.

  • Here's what Jim Caldwell's agent had to say about the Detroit Lions' hire:
  • Caldwell turns 59 on Thursday, so I'd say this is a pretty good early birthday present for him.

  • The Lions sent a plane to Baltimore early Wednesday morning to pick up Caldwell. According to Ian Rapoport, Caldwell only recently arrived in Baltimore from Arizona, so he's been all over the country as of late.

  • Barry Sanders and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith both tweeted about the Caldwell hire:
  • Caldwell got a lot of good reviews when the Lions were seeking out information on him during their coaching search.
  • This is a pretty depressing stat:
  • As voted on by their teammates, Nate Burleson received the Mike Utley Spirit Award and Dominic Raiola got the Joe Schmidt Leadership Award.

  • The Lions' local TV ratings went up a decent amount from 2012 to 2013. I suppose actually being in the hunt for a playoff spot throughout the season will keep people watching on a more consistent basis.

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