The Detroit Lions have gone 27-21 over the last three seasons. Believe it or not, that’s their best three-year stretch since 1993-95, when they went 29-19.
Thus, the Lions, who have made the playoffs in two of the last three years, are playing their best football in a generation.
“I think this year was a huge stepping stone going into next year,” Lions punter Sam Martin said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “We definitely exceeded expectations from the outside this year by making the playoffs and almost making a run in the playoffs. I think this was a year to really look at as this is a turning point for us, and I think it’s only going to go up from here and I think we’re all pretty excited about it.”
Jim Caldwell has presided over Detroit’s three-year run of success. Yet, he has reportedly been on the hot seat at various points during his Lions tenure.
Martin find that laughable.
“I think I speak for most of the team: Whenever we hear anything about that, about the Caldwell situation, it’s so silly,” Martin said. “I think every person in our locker room would want Caldwell to stick around. He’s a players’ coach, we believe in the process he promotes, and we’ve seen it work. He’s just a guy you like to be around off the field and on the field. It’s very obvious. It’s apparent. It shows on the field.”
The Lions finished with a winning record just once from 2001-13. Now they’ve done it two of the last three years.
“Even if you just want to talk record or performance, we’re excelling in that department, too,” Martin said. “I think the whole talk about that is just crazy. I think, honestly, it’s getting too fickle with coaches. The team five years ago is a completely different team that what Caldwell is dealing with now, so it’s hard to even compare the same alliance to what we’re doing. It’s a completely different team. I think Caldwell is going to do great for us, and the future is bright.”