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A recap of Jim Caldwell's comments from Wednesday.

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Below is a look at what Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell had to say on Wednesday. (Quotes provided by the Lions.)

On the presentation to players regarding Zen Archery and its application to what they do: "We talk a little bit about everything, often times to help us prove a point about something that we're focusing on."

On what that point is: "I'm not going to go into all of the details of that, I think that's a waste of your time."

On how he comes up with ideas like that: "Well, we hope it's applicable. But, we work at it, we try to find things that we think the guys can relate to, maybe something a little bit different that they haven't heard so that stuff sticks a little bit better than the normal, mainstream stuff that you could expect."

On DT Andre Fluellen and what value he's brought to the defense: "A tremendous amount of value. Number one, he's familiar with the surroundings and certainly knows the people that he's working with. Kris Kocurek and Jim Washburn have worked with him previously and on a number of occasions. He seems to be able to adapt and adjust very quickly to whatever we're teaching in terms of scheme and things of that nature. Down there in the trenches, obviously lining up as a three-technique, as a three shade of any sort, a lot of it is going to be pretty much the same. He's a smart guy and besides that he's been here with us early on during the year, so he hadn't forgotten much about what he was taught and I think he just excels at the little things, I really do. For a guy with his size and ability, he's a very, very sound technician."

On if he admires Fluellen's tenacity after being released so many times: "It's very difficult to be in the situation that he's been in over the years. At some point in time I think you'd often times say, ‘Hey, I've done this enough.' It can be a bit disruptive to your life depending upon what you have going on, family, maybe another occupation in the meantime and things of that nature. So, I marvel at the fact that he's one of those guys that comes back in great shape too. We find it frequently that we may have a guy that we bring back in and thinking about signing this guy. We look at him and he's out of shape, he hasn't been running for a couple weeks, maybe he's gotten down because his chances of coming back are slim, it's happened to him enough times where he's a bit disillusioned. But, he (Fluellen) fights all that and comes back in great shape and ready to perform right away."

On stats not telling the whole story with DT Ndamukong Suh: "In some cases yeah, they don't tell the whole story, but in his case all you have to do is turn on the film. I think everybody that plays against us can see what kind of impact he has on a ball game. He's a wrecking crew that most people don't leave alone. He's double-teamed often, they slide protections to him and try to make certain that they take care of him. So, doing that, it does create some other opportunities for some other guys that have to take advantage of it."

On this possibly being Suh's last game at Ford Field: "We are focused in on what we have to do and focused in on the Minnesota Vikings. They're a difficult team to handle and that's all we worry about at this point in time. We don't worry about anything else, we don't talk about much else other than that and that's kind of where we'll remain."

On if he believes this will be Suh's last home game as a Lion: "We try to focus in on the team that we're playing, talk about the things that we can control and that's our goal at hand."

On if they take any extra care with the Vikings specials teams unit: "Not any extra care, but we certainly are aware of them in that area. They are a team that blocked two punts against Carolina and they have two of the better return men in the league. They do a tremendous job of running the ball back at you and (Cordarrelle) Patterson is excellent, (Marcus) Sherels is also excellent, both guys can cover a lot of ground in a short period of time. They're dangerou , but they cover well. They do everything well. It's a very good special teams unit. We approach them all the same way and we have a great amount of respect for the guys on those units. Most teams, and this team is no different, have tremendous talent level to work with in those areas and they give you problems."

On what they lose with TE Joseph Fauria now on Reserve/Injured: "Obviously, he's been out a while for us now back and forth. He's a guy that has height, like I mentioned before, you can't coach. His innate ability to go up and catch balls around the end zone and those kinds of things are things that he does well. We got to find a way to go in and get the job done without him."

On if Fauria needs surgery: "I'm not certain yet. The doctors will certainly continue to evaluate him."

On how similar Fauria's injury was to T Corey Hilliard in that he played through the injury: "Yeah, certainly some similarities. Particularly after early on in the game where he had to leave, go out of the game, came back in and fought through it, and played tough."       

On S Jerome Couplin and how difficult job security is in this league for practice squad players: "Particularly with some of the young guys that are guys that are really trying to fight and find their way in this league, that happens. It happens quite often and I think they have an understanding of it before they come in. I'm certain that their agents and those that are around them prepare them for it, but until you go through it there are a lot of ups and downs. You get released one day and signed by someone else the next or released one day and not get signed for two months. They just never know, but like I tell those young guys, to get signed off a practice squad and on an active 53, if we are all truthful about what we do, and if we have their best interest in mind that's a great thing for him. That's a great thing for him, for his family and I'm glad to see him get an opportunity." 

On what was so successful for the defense in the first meeting against the Vikings: "One of the things you do know and realize is that teams in this league continue to get better as the year goes on. Because something happened one game certainly doesn't mean it's going to be repeated the following game. You have to watch out for teams that may have had a bit of misfortune against you the first time. They usually come back and play even better the next time around. What happened in that game has no bearing on this game, different team."    

On how the Vikings have changed since the last time the Lions faced them: "Obviously, I think the more he (Bridgewater) plays, the more comfortable he gets with the system, with how he gets the ball out. The last couple of plays of the game that he had this past week, he checked into the one score that they had at the end of the game to win it. So, he's seeing things, he's making adjustments at the line of scrimmage. He's already dangerous because he can throw the ball and he can also run. He can get outside of the pocket and do damage as well. So now, he's really operating extremely well and he's got some synergy going with (Charles) Johnson there on the outside. That's really made a tremendous difference for him."

On what he has seen from DE Larry Webster and how he has developed over the year: "He's really coming along. At some point in time you're going to see that young man take the field for us and perform extremely well, and don't be surprised. He has made leaps and bounds in terms of strides in his ability to rush the passer. He's tough, the guys do some extra work with him after practice and they've been raving about what he's been able to accomplish and just watching him kind of grow and develop. So, at some point in time, he's going to play well for us."

On how beneficial it has been to have Webster learn from the sidelines instead of being thrown into a game: "Well, he wasn't drafted as a project. Anybody that we draft, we anticipate that they're going to have a significant role within our scheme of things, and we knew he had ability. Obviously, an individual that played some basketball on the way and was explosive. He's got tenacity, he's tough, all of those things, and it just so happened that he's playing behind a group of guys that have been pretty healthy for the great majority of the year. He's really something to behold at this point in time. One of these days you'll get a chance to see him."

On how impressed he is at Stafford's ability to deal with pressure and all the hits he's taken: "For us, being sacked one time is one too many. So, he's been through a bit in that regard. Obviously, he's demonstrated long before now, how tough he is, how focused he is. I think that certainly has helped him through a couple of stretches that we had that might not have been ideal."

On Stafford's comments that he believes the team's protection has been getting better: "I think overall, he's the best judge of that and obviously, we try and make certain that he doesn't take any hits, even when he's outside of the pocket. He can throw that thing away, try to stay away from some of those things that can be avoided in that regard when there's nothing there. But overall, the guys are getting a little bit better, but the numbers are what they are. They just don't all fall on one area, that's the only thing, but the numbers are what they are. Why would we dispute that? Thirty-nine is 39, we've got to get better."

On if he puts any value into individual accomplishments or if it's all about team success for him as a coach: "I want the best for my men, I don't think there's any question about that. It's what they strive for, they strive to perfect their craft and that particular realm is an opportunity for them to get recognized by their peers and have an opportunity to do something that's rare, it's difficult to make the Pro Bowl and receive those kind of accolades. So certainly, I want the best for my men, but do we harp on it, do we do certain things to put them in position to do so? No, we play as a team, we win as a team, we lose as a team and the most important thing is the team."

On if it bothers him that the fans haven't recognized the talent of the Lions' defense since only a few of them are in the Pro Bowl discussion: "I'm not aware of any of that to make any comments on it. The most important thing that I think we can do is win, plain and simple. That's what counts."