Good morning and ROOOOAARRRR!!!!
It took a few weeks longer than usual because the Detroit Lions had to search for a head coach, but the team is now officially headed into offseason activities like a lot of other teams now.
For the Lions, that includes hiring a staff over the next week for Jim Caldwell to work with -- and that's something that could come together at the Senior Bowl next week. Then there are discussions that will begin this weekend about the NFL draft since two all-star games will be played Saturday.
Don't forget about free agency, as the Lions have a lot of decisions to make about key players from the 2013 season.
So the transition will begin now, with Caldwell as part of the decision-making group on every level as Martin Mayhew and Tom Lewand begin to shift the team to what Caldwell prefers instead of what former coach Jim Schwartz did.
And now, peeking around the Interwebs in search of Lions news:
The Lions have retained at least one coach -- but both more retentions and firings are expected. Brian Xanders might not be long for the Lions, says Martin Mayhew. Our NFL Nation Confidential survey continues with most respected and franchise players. The complete poll of that.
Mayhew got the sense Ken Whisenhunt might have wanted the Tennessee gig anyway, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Marlin Jackson gives his opinions of Caldwell and Austin, writes Mark Snyder of the Free Press.
Jim Caldwell sees a bright future for Matthew Stafford, writes John Niyo in the Detroit News.
As of Thursday, the Lions had not sought permission to talk with Indianapolis quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen, writes Justin Rogers of MLive.