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Here's a little behind-the-scenes look at the creative process...
When I initially started outlining this piece, new head coach Jim Caldwell was the first choice as the No. 1 option. He's the man in charge of all the other upgrades, after all; it only makes sense that someone with that level of power would have the most impact.
Yet the more I thought about the team, and how Caldwell would impact it, he slid down a bit. He's not going to make any tackles or force turnovers like Van Noy will, so that bumped him out of the top spot.
The two receivers, Tate and Ebron, were requisite additions in order to improve the Detroit offense. By the way, that offense will not be Caldwell's scheme from his tenures in Baltimore or Indianapolis either. He's giving free reign to Joe Lombardi to set up the offense.
Where the new coach will make his biggest impact is more in the abstract sense. Caldwell's calm professionalism and reserved emotions will be where he makes his mark.
Those qualities stand in stark contrast to Schwartz, who was infamous for his sideline eruptions and his inability to instill discipline in his players.
Caldwell will not be throwing headsets in disgust or picking fights in postgame handshakes. He also won't be enabling unprofessional behavior from his players or tolerating the stupid penalties that pockmarked Schwartz's tenure.
What Caldwell offers as an upgrade is less quantifiable than the players ranked above him here. Yet his impact upon the team as a whole cannot be understated, even though that's exactly how to describe Caldwell's demeanor.