Jim Caldwell ‘concerned’ with Lions preseason offense

After the Detroit Lions first team offense played the entire first half in Saturday’s 30-9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, head coach Jim Caldwell is among those who are not impressed up to this point. He proceeded to express some of his concerns on Monday.

“Yeah, you know, the big thing is like I said before, it’s just a matter of trying to make certain that we’re clicking and we’re working together in terms of completing drives and finishing drives,” he said via the Lions. “We’re getting ourselves in position to kick field goals and not completing them. This week we obviously emphasized that, we got it in the end zone, but we had a penalty. We had another situation, we had a little bit of setback, two penalties back to back, so those hurt us more than anything else. It really kind of mars a little bit of whether or not you did improve in that particular area because of the penalties, but I think we’ve been able to move the ball from 20-20, but haven’t been able to get it in consistently. Concerned about it? Yeah, you better believe it, but I know one thing, all of those things that we’ve done are correctable. I think you look at the bright spot of it too. A couple things, we ran the ball better, Ameer did a nice job in there. I think we averaged somewhere around five yards a carry, so that’s a plus, but we have to put it all together.”

In total, the Lions compiled 226 total yards against the Ravens: 125 through the air, and 101 on the ground. Matthew Stafford, who played the entire first half, finished with 95 passing yards on 14 completions. He did not find the end zone, and threw an interception as well. Running back Ameer Abdullah had four carries for 16 yards, and Theo Riddick had three carries for 35 yards, although 34 of those yards came on one carry.

Through the first three games of the preseason, the first team offense has not been able to find the end zone. With only a Thursday matchup with the Buffalo Bills remaining on the preseason schedule, the Lions are running out of time to get the offense rolling.

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