It was predictably a somber mood in the Detroit Lions locker room after their 42-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The players spoke in low, melancholic tones -- if they spoke to the media at all. There were no smiles. There was no playful banter with media members. Here's a quick recap of what some players and coaches said after the game:
- The Detroit Lions did not make Stafford available in the press conference room after the game. However, he did speak briefly in the locker room.
- Stafford told the media he was given specific conditions on his play at halftime:
Stafford said Caldwell told him at halftime if he threw another pick he'd be benched. He did, he was.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) October 12, 2015
- Tate was visibly frustrated after the game. On losing at home: "That's embarrassing. We did it to ourselves."
- Tate later then took the bait and voiced his opinion on the fan's vocal displeasure:
Golden Tate on fans: "I felt like at times our fan base turned their back on us. We expect them to be w/ us better next week. We need them."— Mike Sullivan (@MikeSullivan) October 12, 2015
- Ihedigbo didn't sugar coat his thoughts on Sunday's performance:
Lions S James Ihedigbo: This is the worst football I've seen in the NFL.— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) October 11, 2015
- Ihedigbo noted it was Josh Bynes who stood up after the game and said something to the team, not Stafford.
- If you're looking for a quarterback controversy, you won't find one here. Caldwell said unequivocally Stafford is still the starter.
- To his credit, Caldwell is taking all of the blame for Sunday's performance:
Caldwell asked whose fault today was: "It's mine"— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) October 11, 2015
Jim Caldwell: I'm not doing a very good job right now— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) October 11, 2015
- If you're hoping for a mixup in the coaching staff, Caldwell has some bad news for you. He has no plans of making any coaching changes this week. Of course, it may not be up to him.