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A recap of Jim Caldwell's comments from Friday.

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

On if he has any plans prior to the game: "No, nothing out of the ordinary, same thing we always do. I find it very difficult to change my routine after all these years, so I don't have plans to go out to dinner, or anything. It's one of the few breaks I get, Saturday night before our meetings I get a few hours in there, which I protect as much as I possibly can."

On what he does with the few hours he has before meetings on Saturdays: "Most of the time I'm going through game plan, taking a look at the meetings for the evening, watching football, television if there's anything I want to watch, so I kind of use that time for myself, which is hard to find in this business."

On if watching film counts as relaxation: "Yeah. Compared to what I normally have to do, you better believe it." 

On what book he is reading right now: "A couple different things, but one I'm really finding a great interest is reading Bill Parcells, book (Parcells: A Football Life), which has been a lot of fun and enjoyable. If there's anybody in the business that aspires to be a head football coach in this league, I think they'd serve themselves well to read that book because he tells everything. The interworking of these organizations, how they work in the league and itself, it's a pretty eye op-ning book to be honest with you."

On if he ever made it to a Packers game while growing up in Wisconsin: "I never did. They were playing some in Milwaukee during that time period but I never did. My mom and dad both worked and worked a lot. Even though the games weren't very expensive comparatively today, it was probably still a bit expensive for us. I'm sure they could think of a lot of other things to do with that money. Cubs game, White Sox games, because they were a part of the park system, but never made it to a Packers game. Watched them on television enough though."

On how special is it to be coaching at home for the first time as a NFL coach: "It's always a lot of fun I think in this business because of the fact that number one, we're blessed to be where we are, and we certainly are thankful for that. To have an opportunity to go back to the state in which you grew up and compete at the highest level, I'm not certain if there's anything much better than that. It's a really unique opportunity."

On if his parents will be at the game: "No. My parents are 80 and 81, excuse me they're both 81 now, my dad just had a birthday four days ago. They're not going to sit out in the weather."

On how many friends and family members he expects to have at the game on Sunday: "It won't be that many. We've had close to 80-something here, there won't be anything remotely close to that up there. My brother is coming, he always comes to every game and doesn't miss any, he and his son, but there won't be that many up there."

On the most enjoyable part of being a part of a big game like Sunday: "Probably the best part of what I do, and I think it spills over into moments like this and practice, is that it gives me a chance to really see the essence of the human spirit. That's why I enjoy coaching. I get to know each and every one of the men that play for us in a very unusual way. With a lot of pressure and tough times and difficulties and challenges, mentally, physically, I mean the whole bit. So, when those exercises are done, when you go through a year with a group, you know these men very well. There are very few surprises after that. And that, more than anything else, is comforting because more often than not, I see the best of them. We have an opportunity to be around young men that have courage, young men that have discipline, young men that are intelligent and the best of the best, in that regard. I think that's an unusual opportunity. That's the thing that I love about it, to be honest with you."

On if being in Sunday's game makes his relationship with his players any more special: "It makes it interesting, but that's every day for me. I see practice the same way. I see having an opportunity to stand before these men and representing this organization, I see all of that kind of lumped into that opportunity. Yeah, it's very special because of the fact that we've played well enough to this point to be in position to still be fighting for something, that we set as a goal at the beginning of the year. Yeah, that's exciting. But really, it's the journey more so than anything else. It's kind of what led up to this. If we didn't take care of business early on and we didn't have the kind of young men that we have, we wouldn't be where we are today. So, it's that journey, it's that whole process that kind of adds to the moment."

On if he is surprised at how loose his team has been leading up to Sunday's game: "I think you have to attribute that to our coaching staff. They do a tremendous job of making certain that the message is carried out. I think our leadership, in terms of our players, have done the exact same thing as well. They believe and have bought into what we've told them and explained to them. Even though a number of them may not have been in this situation, I think they've gotten a sense of what it's like, how to go about it. We've relayed enough instances and stories, but I think they're getting a feel for it. This game, like some of the others, that have been pivotal games are things that they'll never forget."

On what Packers DE Mike Daniels does well: "His quickness, his tenacity, he's really outstanding. The guy can go. He comes from a great school as well so he knows how to work hard and how to fight, how to challenge. He's a quality player."

On what challenges Packers WR Jordy Nelson and WR Randall Cobb present: "Across the board, and (Jarrett) Boykin, you just keep naming them, they just keep running them at you. Both guys, Rashean (Mathis) and obviously Darius (Slay) are going to have a real challenge. These guys come at you in ways that you typically don't see from timing and accuracy, all the variety of different catches they can make because the catching radius is so unusual. He can place the ball in all of those areas where it's kind of a disadvantage for the defensive back and advantage to the offensive player. So yeah, they have their work cut out for them and I think those guys are up for the challenge."

On if they get to this point in the season without a contribution from everyone on the entire roster: "No, I don't think so. I don't think we're at this point if we don't have the guys that have contributed for us. We've had a number of guys, when you think about it, in subordinate roles initially that ended up being started for us or contributed a great amount for us whether it's on special teams or even on service-teams, our look-teams. What we try and do is make certain that we press the point that there is a role for everybody on team to play and that role is extremely important and I think our guys have bought into that."

On how important players like CB Nate Ness are to the locker room: "He's one of those guys who's a very unusual cat. He and (Andrew) Peacock both. We give out an award after the end of each week for guys that have really demonstrated an elite level of performance to help get us ready to win, and Nate Ness and Peacock, so many guys have been part of that. But Ness is full of energy. He gives us help on offense and defense. He never stops running during the course of practice: Tireless, great energy, smart and one of those guys who's going to be real, real successful even after his playing days are done."

On where Ness lines up on offense for them in practice: "Wide receiver. He'll line up at receiver for us or wherever else we need him. Guard and tackle if we needed him."

On captains: "Don Carey, special teams. We have Dig (James Ihedigbo) on defense and offensively, (Larry) Warford."

On if he's decided playoff captains: "No, we won't treat it any differently than what we're doing now."