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A recap of Jim Caldwell's comments from Monday.

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

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

Opening statement: "We had a chance to go over and take a look at the film, where we are, and obviously we didn't perform as well as we're capable. But you also have to certainly give our opponent a lot of credit as well. I mean, it's a good football team.  They did a lot of things better than we did. One of the big things with this time of year, the post-season, you've got to be able to certainly turn the page, look ahead, get refocused, but yet, not run away from the brutal honesty of where you are too because I think that's the great thing about it. But it gives you a chance still to address some of the issues that you might have and then from that point on move forward and not spend a whole lot of time on it, but yet, not try to gloss over it as well. So, that's kind of where we are. Like I mentioned, we're one of 12 teams working this morning and this morning, in our profession at least, it can be a sad day and certainly a sad day for a number of our colleagues that lost their jobs this morning. You know, that's colleagues and families and a lot of children, etc. are affected by their fathers' unemployment at this time. So, there's a lot of uncertainty. I've been on both sides of this one, working, one of the last 12, and then also been fired as well. Certainly feel for them also."

On where this team is right now: "Well, the fact is we're an 11-5 football team. We are what our record says we are. We're a playoff team, that's the brutal honesty of it."

On his initial scouting report on the Cowboys: "I'm not certain that we've seen a more complete team, I'm not certain. Just in terms of how explosive they are, the quarterback is certainly a strong MVP candidate, so is (DeMarco) Murray. They've been able to run the ball extremely well, they've been lighting it up on the outside. Dez Bryant is setting record after record in terms of touchdown catches. They have one of the best tight ends in the business. They have an offensive line that's incredible in terms of what they've been able to accomplish. You know, all across the board this is a very, very good team and when you look at their defense, it's playing well, opportunistic. Then also, their kicking game. This is a real complete team and that's what happens during this time of the year when you get into the playoffs, that's the fun part about it. You get a chance to really play against the best and see how you match up. To me, it can't get any better than that."

On winning the running game battle with Dallas: "It is every game. Obviously, controlling the line of scrimmage is important. You know, our defense has been really strong in that area all through the year when you look at it statistically. There have been very few teams that have been able to run it on us with any regularity, except for yesterday. Obviously, they ran the ball on us extremely well, but we've got some things we've got to get straightened out. That's our job to get them straightened out, get us playing back to the way we know how to play. I mean, our guys, I believe in them. They'll be able to get it done."

On G Larry Warford's injury status: "Not certain. Not ruled out at this stage, but not certain. We'll have to see."

On if Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray has any similarities to Packers RB Eddie Lacy: "The fact that they both are powerful backs with speed, downhill runners and highly productive, you know what I mean? Murray's been having a great year as well, so he'll be a tough guy to handle."

On why Lacy was able to have success yesterday: "Yeah, you know, basically I think they did a good job blocking us up front. But then we had some opportunities to minimize some gains where we were kind of hanging on him and he was dragging us. Early on, that first 20-yard run, I'm not certain we didn't have a few guys hanging on him down the field for quite some time. Then we missed some tackles, tackles that we ordinarily don't miss. But I think we can get those things corrected. We have to."

On if he has had a chance to review DT Ndamukong Suh stepping on Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: "I did have a chance to look at it. We looked at it closely and I had a chance to visit with him and all those kinds of things, which you would anticipate and expect. The league is taking a look at it and we'll see what happened. We'll have a ruling on it soon."

On what Suh said to him about it: "I'm not going to tell you about our conversation. It's a private conversation and we'll leave it at that."

On what he thought about it after he saw it: "Personal views don't matter in this particular case. I think the league will take a look at it and see what they think is within line and go from there. I think it was, obviously, one of those situations that they'll have to rule on."

On if he would be shocked if Suh gets suspended: "There's an old adage, ‘You prepare for the worst and hope for the best.' I think you always have to do that in our business."

On if he has to prepare differently in the future to play outside in the division: "We only lost one of those within our division. If you told me that we'd end up the same way, battling in the cold for the division championship every year, I'm not certain I'd change that. I think our team performed well. They practiced well outside, I think they've gotten accustomed to that. But, obviously we didn't perform as well as we're capable, but it didn't have anything to do with the weather. I don't think that was a factor at all."

On what not having Suh alters what the defense is able to do: "You look back and I think this question has been asked in a number of different ways about what his value is. I think if you look at that you can kind of summarize exactly what we feel about him. You don't have dominant players like that very often and he's one of those."

On having WR Golden Tate on the sideline for so many plays: "It just depends on the situation. You did ask it a couple weeks ago and the answer hasn't changed. It depends on our package, how we adjust it, etcetera."

On how important LB DeAndre Levy is on the defense: "He's been an outstanding performer. His running to the ball and making plays has been something that's really made a difference. He's part of that run-stopping outfit up front that's been exceptional and I think obviously, some of that's tied in to the fact that they often times have to spend a little bit more time on those down guys. When they do, it gives him a free run where he can really get to the ball and he's a guy that's instinctive, tackles well and is tough."

On what makes the Cowboys running game special: "Most of the time in our league is that, what they do is they try to get into the right play versus the looks that you get them. So, that takes the quarterback's responsibility. They do a good job of that, putting their packages together according to your fronts and make adjustments accordingly. They have some schemes that they just block extremely well and then they have the counters off of it to give you an opposing look via the play-action pass, a naked or whatever it might be. They look the same. They're very difficult to get a beat on. The other thing is, they force you to play with an extra guy down to play somewhere in the vicinity and if they can do that, then you're unleashing a quarterback that's been lighting the world up because of that with the matchups that he has on the outside, single coverage and things of that nature. It kind of all ties in together and they do a great job of it."

On if he is still confident that the Lions are good against the run: "I still think we are. You don't get a ranking of number one and two in the league, whatever we are by smoky mirrors. One game doesn't just completely destroy exactly what you've built up and what you're capable of doing. But, I can tell you this, I think I've mentioned to you guys time and time again. Playoff teams all have a lot of similarities: They can run the ball, they can stop the run, the turnover margin is typically plus-four or better, so they don't give it up very often or make a lot of mistakes. Every week, you look at the teams that are in it, I think for the most part the great majority of teams run the ball pretty well and even some that historically hadn't run the ball as well are even running it better at this time."

On if there's a chance DT Nick Fairley plays this week: "It'd be a miracle. I can't rule it out, but it'd be a miracle."

On if there's hope that he'll play in the post-season: "It's a possibility."

On if it's a possibility or a miracle: "It's a possibility."

On if G Larry Warford or Fairley are Reserve/Injured candidates to bring back C Dominic Raiola: "Not for that move."