Lions Notes: Feel-good atmosphere puts extra pep in players' steps
For the Detroit Lions, there's more than one benefit to blaring music over the loudspeakers during camp.
By DAVE DYE
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions were jamming to electronic music blaring over the loudspeakers during Monday's practice indoors.
It was all intended to create a distraction and force players to communicate in a noisy environment, similar to what they'll face on the road, but center Dominic Raiola said there's another benefit.
"It puts a little extra pep in your step," Raiola said.
The perception during his first training camp is that new coach Jim Caldwell, in general, likes to keep a light mood around the team.
Caldwell, however, said that has nothing to do with it.
"I've never even thought about that," Caldwell said. "This is work. This is a business. I don't really care if the mood is light, to be honest with you. I'm more interested in results, getting our guys ready.
"I don't think they hired me to be a social director."
Not the music director, either, although Caldwell did confirm that he has veto power.
"We won't play anything that's not clean, that's for sure," he said.