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3/25/15: The Detroit Lions have been known for a great offense - particularly the Matt Stafford to Calvin Johnson connection. Even wide receiver Golden Tate resurrected his career with a great season last year. But do not forget the defense. The Lions actually built up a pretty good defense behind Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairely over the past four years. Both of those defensive tackles are gone, but the Lions do not seem worried. They believe their shift to a 3-4 base defense will be able to stand up to whatever opposing offenses may throw at them.
3/18/15: It was speculated for months that the Detroit Lions would not be able to retain defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh because he would demand too much money. That became a self-fulfilling prophecy last week when Suh officially signed his deal to join the Miami Dolphins with $60 million guaranteed. The Lions then decided not to continue on with fellow defensive tackle Nick Fairely, who became a free agent. The Lions also let running back Reggie Bush go. Basically, the Lions will have a new look next season, but at least they will still have both Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson to generate some offense.
3/11/15: The Detroit Lions went with brains over emotion last week when they decided not to put the franchise tag on defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Had they put the franchise tag on Suh, he would have cost the Lions almost $27 million next season (and even more the following season). That huge number was the result of years of restructuring his contract into essentially a monsterous balloon payment. Suh became a free agent and went after the money. He did not re-sign with the Lions, and instead signed with Miami for $60 million guaranteed on a $114 million contract.
3/4/15: Running back Reggie Bush was able to reinvent himself as an every-down back during his time in Miami - possibly the best years of his career. He came to Detroit two years ago on a long term deal and the expectation that he would be the missing piece in the Lions offense. He has shown flashes of brilliance, but injuries hampered him, again. Additionally, the emergence of Joique Bell made Bush a luxury that was too expensive for the team. Therefore, and as several people predicted, the Lions released Bush last week, which will save them over $1.7 million in salary cap calculations.
2/25/15: The Detroit Lions may be starting to understand that they may not be able to keep defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, but they can still keep his line mate, Nick Fairley. According to reports, Fairley and the Lions had 'very positive' discussions over the weekend. He has said in the past that he wants to stay in Detroit, and that is certainly a positive for the Lions. Detroit would not be in this situation if they had opted to exercise his fifth year option. But that is water under the bridge now. While no deal has been made, this looks promising for both Fairley and the Lions.
2/18/15: The Detroit Lions seem to be spending a lot of their time figuring out how to keep defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. They could franchise tag him, though that would cripple their salary cap. At the same time, his counterpart on the interior of the defensive line, Nick Fairely, is about to be a free agent and wants to stay in Detroit. The Lions declined his fifth year option from his rookie contract. It almost seems like a case where the Lions want what they can't get, but ignore the one that is right there for the taking. If he does not re-sign in Detroit, Fairely will probably not have much of challenge getting a new job.
2/11/15: Free agency is starting up and that means that the Detroit Lions have to make a decision about Ndamukong Suh. The Lions have had Suh since they drafted him, and have routinely restructured his contract to free up salary cap space. That usually means that there will either be a big payment one day or he will be released. The Lions could elect to put the franchise tag on Suh, but that would cost $26.5 million. Lions brass says that is a possibility, but the sad reality for the Lions is that they are likely to lose Suh this offseason to someone who can meet his salary demands.
2/5/15: All Lions fans and players remember their playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys where the refs originally threw a flag for pass interference that was then picked up. The non-call ended up helping Dallas win the game and drew a lot of scrutiny around the country. The Lions do not want to see history repeat itself, so they have proposed a rule to expand replay reviews to cover penalty calls. NFL VP of officiating, Dean Blandino, said that he expects that proposal to be on the agenda during the offseason when the rules are reviewed. According to the Lions proposal, teams could throw a challenge flag to contest a perceived bad or missed call.
1/28/15: The Lions drafted Matt Stafford several years ago to be their franchise QB. To be fair, Stafford has had a few very good seasons, at least statistically speaking, he has not enjoyed the wins or playoff success of other franchise quarterbacks. But Stafford had a chance to show his skills in the Pro Bowl and came up big. He led all passers with 316 yards and two touchdowns, leading Team Irvin to a 32-28 win over Team Carter. His efforts also netted him the Offensive MVP award, which is pretty impressive considering the talent on the field in a Pro Bowl game.
1/21/15: There are a lot of questions around Detroit about Ndamukong Suh - specifically whether or not he will be back next season. His contract is up and he is due a pretty big pay raise. The problem is that raise may be more than the Lions are able to handle under salary cap constraints. Suh is a major part of the Lions defensive line, a unit that has become one of the better defensive fronts in the NFL over the past few years. The Lions have a couple weeks to play with numbers to see if they can re-sign Suh. If they cannot, then he may have played his last game in the silver and blue.
1/14/15: It is of little consolation now, but the NFL admitted that the officials made a costly mistake in the Detroit - Dallas playoff game. As everyone knows, the Cowboys were flagged for pass interference which would have given the Lions a first down, except that the flag was picked up. The NFL says that holding should have been called on the play, which would have extended the drive and possibly changed the outcome of the game. In any case, the Lions lost and can only take pride in making the playoffs when they could have gone much further.
1/7/15: The Detroit Lions had a playoff win in their grasp, but fell short in the second half against Dallas to lose 24-20. Detroit was excellent in the first half. They dominated the line of scrimmage and pretty much dictated the game. They even held a 20-7 lead midway through the third quarter. Unfortunately, Dallas' offense came to life, and two touchdowns and a field goal later, the game was over. Detroit can take solace in the fact that they did win 11 games this season and made the playoffs, so they showed plenty of potential. The next step is advancing further, which this team certainly has the ability to do.
12/3/14: No longer can people say "Why are the Lions on during the Thanksgiving Day games?". That was a rallying cry for years when Detroit was abysmal and were playing a meaningless game on Turkey Day. It also meant that a lot of complainers had too much time on their hands if that is what they are worried about. But the Lions are strong this season and earned their 8th win by easily routing the visiting Chicago Bears 34-17. This game will be remembered for wide receiver Calvin Johnson becoming the youngest ever to get to 10,000 yards receiving. He is still over 12,000 yards behind the all-time leader, Jerry Rice, but could break that record if everything falls into place. The Lions are in the middle of the playoff hunt and get to host Tampa this Sunday.
11/19/14: The Lions had a taste of humble pie last Sunday, as their potent offense could do very little against the Arizona Cardinals on the road. It was supposed to be a showdown of NFC heavyweights, but neither offense was particularly strong, and there was no scoring in the second half, as the Lions fell 14-6. Detroit's loss puts them in tie with Green Bay at 7-3 for the top spot in the NFC North. The Lions, at least at this point, hold the tie-breaker with Green Bay, but the teams will meet again later in the season. Detroit has another big road game this weekend when they head east to New England.
11/12/14: The Lions did not so much beat Miami as escape with a win last Sunday. They led 10-3 at halftime, but trailed 16-13with less than a minute left in regulation. That is when QB Matt Stafford hit Theo Reddick with an 11 yard touchdown pass to take the lead for good. The passing game was adequate, but the Lions were not able to establish any sort of ground attack. No matter, a win is a win and the 7-2 Lions are in first place in the NFC North. Detroit has a really good test this Sunday when they head west to take on the host Arizona Cardinals (8-1).
11/5/14: Unlike many teams that had a bye in Week 9, the Lions are on a roll and probably want to keep playing. Detroit is 6-2 on the season and in first place in the NFC North - ahead of the Green Bay Packers. They have managed to keep winning, for the most part, without star wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Golden Tate has done an exceptional job filling in, which is surprising because he was rather pedestrian for many years in Seattle. The Lions start the second half of their season this Sunday when they host the pesky Miami Dolphins.
10/29/14: The Lions may have been suffering jet lag for the first 30 minutes of their game against the Atlanta Falcons in London, but they woke up in the second half and had enough good fortune to pull out a 22-21 win as time expired. Detroit was down 21-0 at the half and seemingly out of the game. They got to within two points, but no timeouts and Atlanta had the ball with less than two minutes remaining. An offensive holding call and a dropped pass stopped the clock and the Lions got the ball back. They got into field goal range and missed. But delay of game call gave kicker Matt Prater a second chance, which he made. Game over. The Lions escaped this one and have a bye this coming week.
10/22/14: A week after losing to Buffalo at home, the Lions redeemed themselves with late rally to beat the New Orleans Saints 24-23. Truth be told, the Lions, without star wide receiver Calvin Johnson, did not do much to impress anyone for the first 55 minutes of the game. They trailed 23-10 late in the fourth quarter before they finally found their groove. Two late touchdowns and the Lions walked away with a big win and a 5-2 record. Detroit has a chance to pick on another NFC South team this week when they visit the struggling Atlanta Falcons.
Give the Lions credit, they are handling their business well, for the most part. They were on the road last Sunday to face the struggling and maddeningly inconsistent Minnesota Vikings. Three hours later, they were sitting pretty at 4-2 with a convincing 17-3 win. And that was without star wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who is nursing an injury. If there was a week for him to be out, then this was the week. New Lions' kicker Matt Prater made an impressive debut with a 52 yard field goal in the win. Detroit is tied with the Green Bay Packers for the top spot in the NFC North and will have another shot at them in a few weeks. For now, it is back home to host the New Orleans Saints, who seem to struggle badly on the road.
10/8/14: The Lions thought they would have star wide receiver Calvin Johnson for their game against Buffalo, but he left early in the game, forcing Detroit to find offense in other places. There simply wasn't much else. While Golden Tate had a big game with 134 receiving yards and a touchdown, the rest of the team combined for less than 90 yards. The struggles on offense ended up hurting the Lions, who lost 17-14 to the Bills. Detroit is now 3-2 on the season, so they are doing better than most. Hopefully, they can get Megatron back next Sunday when they travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings.
10/1/14: The Lions visited the Jets last Sunday, which may serve as preview of where defensive tackle Ndaamukong Suh is playing next season. Suh and the Lions tabled talks of an extension until after the season. A franchise tag would cost an estimated $26 million, so it is very possible that Suh is playing his final season in Detroit. The Lions did win the game 24-17. The win improved their record to 3-1 on the season, and they look like they can control the NFC North, especially since they beat Green Bay. The Lions are back in Detoit this weekend to host the Buffalo Bills.
9/24/14: Perhaps it is too early to call it is a statement win, but the Lions 19-7 dismissal of the rival Green Bay Packers may signal that there is a new sheriff in town. While the Packers and Lions' offenses got most of the attention all week, it was the Lions defense that set the stage for day. It got started early as Don Carey picked up a Packers fumble and took it 40 yards for the score. From then on, it was pretty much all Lions, except for a lone Green Bay touchdown. The improved the Lions to 2-1. They now travel to the new Meadowlands to take on the New York Jets on Sunday.
9/17/14: The Lions fell to 1-1 on the season with a humbling loss on the road to the Carolina Panthers, 24-7. The Panthers defense, even without the deactivated Greg Hardy, was the dominant force in the game. They limited the Lions to only 70 yards on the ground and no touchdowns. Detroit managed nearly 300 yards in the air, but that was mostly between the 20's and only generated one touchdown. Calvin Johnson was a non-factor, catching only six passes for 83 yards. Detroit has a big game this Sunday when they host the division rival Green Bay Packers.
9/17/14: The Tigers should have been able to run away with the AL Central, but their swoon, combined with the Kansas City Royals surge, has made life in Motown more difficult than anticipated. The AL Wild Card scenario has gotten fairly convoluted. Either the Tigers or Royals will win the Central, but that leaves three teams (the Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners as the other two) to compete for two spots. The Tigers are getting back reliever Joakim Soria, and that will help. But they do need to fight off a feisty Kansas City squad to assure themselves of a playoff spot and no play-in game.
8/28/14: On the surface, former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was fired because the Lions collapsed last season and missed the playoffs again. Digging deeper, there seemed to be a cultural issue with team discipline and not doing dumb things that get flags and fines. Head coach Jim Caldwell is the new head coach and should be taking care of that. Perhaps star defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh has not gotten the message. He put a terribly late hit on Jags QB Chad Henne in a preseason game last week and looks to be a little lighter in the wallet. The Lions are the most complete team in the NFC North, but need to be more disciplined if they are going to overtake the Packers and Bears.
8/21/14: There are probably a handful of players that are simply so good that they really do not need any preseason games - though that does not mean that it isn't fun to watch them. Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson is in that small list. He has missed the first two preseason games as he is rehabbing from offseason surgery, but is expected to make his preseason debut tomorrow night. Johnson had surgery on his knee and finger earlier, but should be in top shape to start the season. The Lions have been building up their receiving corps, which could actually make Megatron even more dangerous than before.
8/14/14: Perhaps no one outside Detroit realized this, but the Lions were the other team playing when Browns QB Johnny Manziel made his NFL (preseason) debut. Heck, the Lions even won the game with a late rally. Lions first round pick, tight end Eric Ebron, had one catch on four balls thrown to him and was not a real factor. However, undrafted second year running back George Winn looked outstanding for most of the night and may have played his way on to the regular season roster with an impressive performance. Winn spent time with five different teams last season but may have found a home in his hometown.
8/7/14: Defensive lineman Ndamkong Suh insists that his contract will not be a distraction this season, and that looks like it may be the case. The team is holding off on contract discussions until after the season. That means that he is heading into the final year of his rookie contract and there is a good chance that he will be wearing a different uniform next season. His line mate, Nick Fariley, was asked to lose weight in the offseason, and he did so. Maybe even too well. He now weighs 295, which is less than where the Lions coaching staff wants him to be.
7/24/14: The Lions have big expectations of themselves this season, and several players have been very vocal about the team having a 'championship DNA'. A lot of teams talk like that before the season starts and all of them have to go out and prove it on Sundays in the fall. The Lions have quietly been stockpiling capable receivers to complement star WR Calvin Johnson. The hope is that all the focus on Johnson will leave other receivers open and improve the offense as a whole. Bringing in Reggie Bush last season helped in that regard, and now Stafford has more targets to work with.
7/17/14: There is a lot of optimism with the Detroit Lions this season, and several players have come out and said that the team has the making of a Super Bowl champion. On paper, the Lions are loaded with talented players, as they have been for a few years now. And while they have under-performed in the past, they do not feel that will happen again. Much of the credit, the players claim, is due to new head coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell is publicly perceived to be an emotionless figurehead, but his players see him much differently and like the confidence and discipline he is instilling.
7/10/14: The Lions looked like they were on their way to winning the NFC North last season and getting back to the playoffs. The only thing that could have stopped them was a big late season collapse - which did happen. But that setback may have been a blessing in disguise. The team is hungry and looking for success. New safety James Ihedigbo is very optimistic and says the team has 'championship DNA'. Ihedigbo may have some insight here. He played on the Ravens team that won the Super Bowl in 2013 and was with the Patriots for a few years. That is good news for the long-suffering Lions' fan base.
7/3/14: From 1980 to 2012 the Lions only had two place kickers: Eddie Murray ( 1980 - 1991) and Jason Hanson (1992 - 2012). That is 32 seasons with minimal change. Now, the Lions kicking job is a revolving door. They used David Akers last season, and that was not the answer. So, once again, the Lions are trying to find the right man for the job. Detroit drafted Nate Freese from Boston College in the 7th round in May and have brought in veteran Giorgio Tavecchio for some competition. The Lions hope it is not a competition and can have one place kicker for the next decade or two.
6/26/14: The Lions may have disappointed their fans last month by taking tight end Eric Ebron in the first round, but maybe not for long. Ebron says that anything short of Rookie-of-the-Year honors and a Pro-Bowl selection would be a let down. There is no doubt about the young man's talent, and there is a reason he was among the highest rated tight ends coming out of college. It is just that the Lions have other issues that need to be addressed. If Ebron lives up to the hype, then the Lions offense will get even more powerful with a quality QB, a shifty running back, and two viable receiving options.
6/19/14: The Kansas City Chiefs were not the only team to give up on a cornerback last week as the Detroit Lions released Chris Houston. Cornerback is not a position of strength for the Lions, so there has to be a compelling reason for releasing him after signing him to a five year deal a year ago. The team, in a press release, indicated that the parting was mutual after Houston underwent a 'significant medical procedure this spring." That leaves 2013 second round pick Darius Slay as the number one CB on the roster. Of course, the Lions may be interested in Brandon Flowers now that KC has let him go.
6/12/14: Prior to draft, there was a lot of speculation (probably a smoke screen) that he Lions would trade up to take wide receiver Sammy Watkins from Clemson. The Lions never made that move and instead the Bills gave up a king's ransom to move up a few spots for the dynamic playmaker. Detroit ultimately is satisfied with signing WR Golden Tate from Seattle. Tate was a steady though unspectacular receiver for the Seahawks. Now he is trying to pick up the Lions new offense. He still has a few months to go before game day, so he has time to learn the new scheme.
6/6/14: The Lions have a pretty stacked offense and seemingly can put points and yards up at will. The defense, however, has been another story for the past few years. That is about to chance, according to safety James Ihedigbo. Ihedigbo says that this will be a hard hitting and fierce defense, the kind of unit that opposing offenses dread playing against. While it is hard to see them turning into the 2002 Bucs, he did play under new DC Teryl Austin in Baltimore, and the Ravens have a history of excellent and physical defenses. If the hype is real, then so is Detroit's chances at the playoffs this coming season.
5/29/14: Reggie Bush is a strange case. He was so dominant in college at USC, has been very productive in the NFL, but still many feel like he was kind of a bust. The reality is that could not be further from the truth. It is true that he has never been the dominant force like his USC days, but the game evolved to more passing in his tenure. He has a Super Bowl ring, has a lot of yards and touchdowns, and has been pretty successful in New Orleans, Miami, and Detroit. Apparently Detroit is where his heart is because he says he wants at least five more years and to retire with the Lions.
5/22/14: The Lions are on their way to getting their rookie draftees signed as they announced that they have come to terms with fourth rounder Larry Webster (defensive end) and seventh rounder Nat Freese (place kicker). Webster began college as a basketball player, but could be following the recent trend of cagers turning into good pro players. However, the most notable guys to do that (Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, and Jimmy Graham) all are/were tight ends. Freese is interesting in that the Lions had the same kicker for two decades, but now are having an open competition for the job after last year's poor place kicking performance.
5/15/14: The Lions continued to agitate their devoted fans - as if trying to rebuild the franchise for the past 60 years was not enough. With a number of holes to fill, the Lions selected tight end Eric Ebron with the 10th overall pick. Ebron was the highest rated tight end in the draft and can catch the ball. However, the Lions could have been well served with an offensive lineman or help in the secondary, and that may have been better received by the Detroit faithful than Ebron. If Ebron does work out, then he could be a nice complement to Calvin Johnson.
5/8/14: They really should not do it, but there has been a lot of speculation that the Lions are trying to trade up in the draft so that they could select Sammy Watkins, the best wide receiver in the draft. He would make a great complement to Calvin Johnson, and there is no argument about that. However, the Lions have a recent history of trying to build around WR, and it did not turn out well. For now, it looks like the Sammy Watkins dream is just that - a dream. It may be fun to think about, but probably not practical for the Lions.
5/1/14: The Lions' players have said that they have no problem with Suh missing voluntary workouts. The Lions, as a front office, may not feel the same. There are rumors that the team is talking to other franchises about a trade. Now, do not read to much into that. Suh is up for a new contract soon, so this may just be the Lions doing their due diligence in the event that they feel that they cannot resign him. Chances are that the team and Suh will come to a long term agreement. What is more worrisome, for the team, is that the team continues to be stars and scrubs in terms of their salary structure.
4/24/14: The Lions are playing a very interesting game these days with their potential draft picks. Teams are allowed visits by 30 potential players (not including those that are from the area and are considered local). That means that most teams are very selective about who they want to bring in and the Lions are bringing in several players that will likely not be available when they pick 10th in the draft, such as Sammy Watkins and Jadeveon Clowney. That leads to speculation that the Lions are planning on moving up in the draft. For the record, the St. Louis Rams have the second overall pick and have shown a willingness to trade down.
4/17/14: The Lions opened voluntary workouts last week without their star defensive tackle Suh. Running back Reggie Bush stated that the players are not mad at Suh for missing workouts (though who knows what the new coaching staff may feel about that). The Lions wasted no time last Friday in bolstering their defensive line depth by signing DE Kournei Brown after the Bills placed him on waivers the day before. Brown was in Bills training camp last summer but did not make the team. He also has had stints with San Francisco and Washington. He came to the NFL as an undrafted free agent from Clemson in 2012.
4/10/14: It is easy to understand why the Lions would be hesitant to spend a first or second round draft pick on yet another 'game breaking' wide receiver next month in the draft. The team has a troubling recent history of picking wide receivers, with the obvious exception of Calvin Johnson. they have had several busts such as Charles Rogers, Mike Williams, and Titus Young. Roy Williams was pretty good for a while, but aged quickly. Ryan Broyles has been too injured to help, so the jury is out on him. Still, pairing a Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans with Johnson is a pretty tantalizing thought.
4/3/14: With the NFL draft just over a month away, teams are in full smoke-screen mode. The Lions GM, Martin Mayhew, made some comments publicly, which could play into creating a smoke screen. Detroit picks 10th in the draft and has not ruled out trading up to get someone they really want. Mayhew says that the draft is deep but there are not 10 elite guys this year. It is anyone's guess as to who the Lions will select, but it could make sense to trade up for a star receiver like Sammy Watkins (Clemson) or Mike Evans (Texas A&M) to complement Calvin Johnson.
3/27/14: The Detroit Lions moved out of the Pontiac Silverdome before the start of the 2002 season, and have since made Ford Field their home. Since it has been 12 years, many people outside of Detroit may have thought that the Silverdome had been torn down. Maybe it is still around. The owners of the Silverdome are now selling off pieces of the old stadium, including stadium seats, the scoreboard, and even urinals. Of course, crooks are trying to make a quick buck off of this, so much so that former Lions great Barry Sanders has announced that any urinal with his signature is a fake. Of course, why anyone would want a used urinal is another question entirely.
3/20/14: The Lions hope they found (at long last) their complementary wide receiver to Calvin Johnson. It seems like the Lions have been looking for this player for the past several years, and they have had a few try to get the role. Titus Young was drafted but has had a lot of off-field and possibly mental health issues. Ryan Broyles is still a candidate, but has been injured throughout his two season. Nate Burleson was merely a stopgap. So now the Lions have Golden Tate. Tate was a free agent from Seattle and generally underrated for his ability. Perhaps the Lions got it right this time, or maybe they will be looking again in 12 months.
3/13/14: Ndamukong Suh is looking at signing an extension with the Detroit Lions at some point in the not to distant future, and there were reports that he was deciding between hiring a new agent or representing himself. The Lions actually wanted Suh to hire an agent for what could be a complex deal, and it looks like he is heeding their advice. Suh chose Jimmy Seton of CAA to represent him. CAA and RocNation Sports (the marketing firm owned by Jay-Z) have an arrangement, so it appears that any marketing deals may be done through RocNation in the future, though that is not determined yet. The Lions would like to get a new deal done soon to reduce Suh's cap hit of $22.4 million next season.
3/6/14: The Lions will be an interesting team to watch two months from now during the draft. They are on the borderline of having a dominating offense with the pieces they have right now, including QB Matt Stafford, WR Calvin Johnson, and RB Reggie Bush. Many think they are just a receiver away. That was supposed to be Ryan Broyles, but he has been mostly injured during his two years in the league. So there is speculation that the Lions could want Mike Evans out of Texas A&M in the first round, which would be a nice complement to Johnson.
2/27/14: After the Lions faltered down the stretch last season, not only losing first place in the NFC North, but also missing out on the playoffs when they seemingly had the division in hand, the powers that be decided it was time for a change. The feeling is that the team needs more discipline and play better fundamentals. On the other side of that thinking is Florida State defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan. Big Tim models himself after Lions defensive stalwart Suh. He admires the edge Suh plays with and thinks that is what makes a successful lineman. Timmy will be drafted in May but needs to understand that discipline is a good thing, even for a nasty defensive lineman.
2/20/14: The Lions are hopeful that WR Ryan Broyles will finally be healthy enough to contribute something this season. He was a high draft pick in 2012, and was intended to be a compliment for all-world WR Calvin Johnson. However, he has been injured for most of his young career, including two torn ACLs and a torn Achilles. Broyles says that the knees feel fine now and is just rehabbing the Achilles. He thinks he rushed back from injury too quickly before so this time he will take is slower get 100% healthy. If he can get on the field and show the skill he had in college, then this would really make the Lions offense difficult to stop.
2/13/14: While the Jimmy Graham salary situation plays out in New Orleans, the Detroit Lions may be keeping a close eye on any developments. New OC Joe Lombardi is the former QB coach of the Saints, and understands Graham's talents pretty well. He publicly says that he is always looking for 'well-rounded' tight ends. Lombardi has a the best WR in football in Calvin Johnson so Graham may not be worth the money. Detroit will need to figure out their TE situation as Brandon Pettigrew is a free agent. He is good, but few are as good as Graham.
2/6/14: Truth be told, the Detroit Lions do not have a lot of holes on their roster. They pass the basic checklist of franchise QB, franchise WR, and dynamic RB. They also have a very, very good front four that would scare anyone. The team could use some help on the offensive line and in the secondary, but the key positions are accounted for. New head coach Jim Caldwell has put together a pretty good staff, so maybe the last piece of the puzzle is has been filled. Do not forget that Caldwell was the coach of the Colts the last time they went to the Super Bowl.
1/30/14: So it has been a couple of weeks since Jim Caldwell was hired by the Lions as their new head coach. Many people panned the choice, mostly because of the pervasive thought that Caldwell is emotionless and that his success in Indianapolis was due primarily from Peyton Manning running the offense. Maybe that is true and maybe not. Manning, himself, called the Lions to endorse Caldwell prior to the hiring. If nothing else, give Caldwell credit for being able to get out of the way and let his coordinators do their jobs - which is a lot better than most coaches can do.
1/23/14: Its been a little time now, so we can all reflect on the Lions hiring Jim Caldwell as head coach. There is generally a perception about Caldwell that he is a place holder with no emotion. He was head coach of the Colts the last time they went to the Super Bowl a few years ago. On top of that, he was the offensive coordinator for the Ravens last year when they won the Super Bowl. So while he may not be the fan favorite, he does know how to either get the best out of QBs (or at least get out of their way).
1/16/14: Detroit and Ken Whisenhunt seemed like the perfect match. Whisenhunt is a renowned offensive mind and seems to need a quarterback to win. Detroit has a lot of talent on both sides of the ball, as well as a franchise QB and the best wide receiver in the game. But Whisenhunt ended up taking the Tennessee job. There has been some speculation that Whisenhunt is not sold on Matt Stafford as as a franchise QB and could draft on with the Titans. Of course, Tennessee also offered him an extra million per year. Detroit ended up hiring former Colts head coach and Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell.
1/9/14: The Lions are searching for their next head coach after firing Jim Schwartz after five seasons. Detroit may have the best position available. There is a franchise QB in place. They have the best WR in the league. A dynamic running back and a talented (if undisciplined) defense. They also have patient management (shown by letting Schwartz stay for five years and one GM who shall remain nameless for a long, long time). Tony Dungy is not coming back to coach, but that is the job he said he would want. The downside? No head coach in the past several decades has ever gone onto be a head coach again.
1/2/14: The Lions fired head coach Jim Schwartz on Black Monday. The move was expected, especially as the Lions seemingly had the NFC North wrapped up just a few weeks ago, but kept losing (late) and missed the playoffs entirely. The Lions' job seems to be a pretty good one. They have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball, the best WR in the game, and a franchise QB. They also have a patient owner and GM who will let the coach build the team's identity. That may have been one of Schwartz' problems, though, as the team was very undisciplined and racked up a lot of penalties.
12/26/13:It is not happy times in Detroit. A few weeks ago, the Lions were in control of the NFC North and their nearest rivals (Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers) were without their starting QBs. So this should have been a cake walk into the playoffs. Instead, the Lions have lost enough games to eliminate themselves from the playoffs. The question raging around the city is if head coach Jim Schwartz will be back next year or not. If not, then there is a chance that he may end up in St. Louis under his mentor Jeff Fisher's watch.
12/19/13: A lot experts pile on the Dallas Cowboys for not being able to come through in December or in the fourth quarter. But it is really the Detroit Lions who should be carrying that banner. Detroit has given up the lead in the fourth quarter in each of the past five games and have lost four of those matches. Most recently, the Lions allowed the Baltimore Ravens to rally. Detroit held a slim 16-15 lead until Justin Tucker kicked a 61 yard field goal with 38 seconds remaining. Tucker accounted for all of the Ravens points in the Monday Night Game. The loss puts the Lions at 7-7 and looking up at both the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.
12/12/13: The Lions had a chance to open up some ground on the NFC North last weekend, but instead found themselves in a blizzard without star running back Reggie Bush. Detroit ultimately fell 34-20 to the Philadelphia Eagles in Philly. The game was played with eight inches of snow on the ground. That did not stop return man Jeremy Ross from returning a punt 58 yards for a touchdown and a kickoff 99 yards for a score. However, the Lions could muster little other offense as their passing game was neutralized by the snow. The Lions( 7-6) return home to host the Ravens (7--6) in the Monday Night Game this week.
12/5/13: The Lions made a big statement in the NFC North by dominating the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving Day. Detroit won 40-10 and had 435 more yards than the Packers in their first Thanksgiving Day in nine years. Matt Stafford had a Matt Stafford day. He threw three interceptions, but also had 330 yards passing and three touchdowns. The Lions defense made life miserable for backup QB Matt Flynn, and completely shut him down for the entire game. Green Bay's only touchdown came on defense. The win puts the Lions in the driver's seat for their first division championship in 20 years.
11/21/13: Detroit has not won in Pittsburgh for generations, and it looked like the time was right for that streak to come to an 11/28/13: The Lions wasted a big chance to give themselves some separation in the NFC North by losing at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-21 last Sunday. This whole game was about missed opportunities. The Bucs registered four interceptions, including a pick-six. For reasons unknown, the Lions seemed to ignore Reggie Bush for most of the day, instead trying to force passes that did not exist. Detroit is tied with the Chicago Bears at 6-5, though they swept both games this season giving them the tie-breaker for now. Short week ahead as the Lions play their traditional Thanksgiving Day game when they host the Green Bay Packers (5-5-1).
end. The Steelers did not see things the same way and rallied for a 37-27 win over the Lions last Sunday. The Lions scored 27 points in the second quarter and took a 27-23 lead into the final frame. But the Steelers, wearing their hideous throwback bumble bee uniforms scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the win. QB Matt Stafford had 362 yards, two touchdowns and interception and WR Calvin Johnson was his usual dominating self. But the Lions simply refused to give the ball to their other playmaker Reggie Bush in the loss. Detroit (6-4) really needs a home win against Tampa (2-8) this Sunday to right the ship.
11/14/13: The Lions are the only team in the NFC North with their starting quarterback still playing (or decided) and now they are on top of the division. The Lions beat the Bears for the second time this season as WR Calvin Johnson had two touchdowns and Reggie Bush added 105 yards rushing in a fairly balanced attack. Detroit knocked Chicago QB Jay Cutler out of the game and held on with a late defensive stand for a 29-27 win. Chicago went for two to tie the game but was stuffed by a swarming Lions defense. Detroit (6-3) is in Pittsburgh (3-6) this Sunday.
11/7/13: The Lions season could be shaping up for a trip to the playoffs. Detroit had a bye in Week 9, sitting at 5-3. The last second win over the Cowboys in Week 8 could be the turning point and the rest of the schedule is relatively easy. The Lions visit the Bears this week (likely without Jay Cutler), then only have one other team with a winning record on the schedule (Green Bay in Week 13). Otherwise, they a buffet of winnable games against Tampa Bay, New York Giants, and Minnesota. Detroit has a legit shot at a 10 or 11 win season and a trip to the playoffs.
10/31/13: The Lions may have pulled up the most exciting win of Week 8 with their come from behind win over the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys kicked a field goal with just over a minute remaining to take a 30-24 lead. QB Matt Stafford led his team 80 yards in 50 seconds, then scored the tying touchdown with a fake spike at the goal line, then took the ball over the top of the line. Calvin Johnson had over 300 yards receiving and two touchdowns in the 31-30 win. The Lions win puts them in a good mix to make the playoffs. Detroit has their bye week in Week 9.
10/24/13: The Detroit Lions suffered a heartbreaking defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday, one which may come back to haunt them during the playoff chase. Bengals' kicker Mike Nugent made a game winning 54 yard field goal as time expired, handing the Lions a 27-24 loss at home. Both QB Matt Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson were solid. Stafford threw for 357 yards and three TDs, while Megatron had 155 yards and two TDs on nine catches. The Lions dropped to 4-3 on the season and face the NFC East leading Dallas Cowboys (4-3) at home this Sunday.
10/17/13: The Lions scored first on Sunday at Cleveland, then allowed the Browns to ring up 17 second quarter points and went into halftime trailing 17-7. Then they showed up to play. Detroit scored 24 second half points and did not allow anything from the Browns en route to a 31-17 win. Matt Stafford only threw for 248 yards, but did toss four TD passes. Reggie Bush had 78 yards rushing and another 57 (and a TD) in the air. Calvin Johnson was still hobbled with a knee injury and was really a non-factor. Detroit (4-2) is back home this Sunday to host the Cincinnati Bengals (4-2).
10/10/13: The Lions now know how valuable both Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush are to the offense. The team struggled a few weeks ago when Reggie Bush went out with injury and the same thing happened this past Sunday when Megatron missed the game. When healthy, this is a great offense. When not, they are not difficult to defend. Green Bay kept their home winning streak over the Lions (since 1991) with a 22-9 beat down. The Lions (3-2) are not out of this and still lead the NFC North. They stay on the road this Sunday to face the surprising 3-2 Browns in Cleveland.
10/3/13: A very big win for the Lions as they beat the Chicago Bears 40-32 at home last Sunday. The win puts the Lions in a tie with the Bears for the NFC North at 3-1, and the Lions have a chance to get some separation in the division when they visit the Green Bay Packers (1-2) this Sunday. The Lions welcomed back Reggie Bush who was injured halfway through the game in Week 2. Bush had 139 rushing and a touchdown, which led all rushers on the day. It may have been his best game as a pro and puts the league on notice that the Lions are a legitimate threat this year.
9/26/13: The Lions had a losing streak in Washington dating back to forever. The team was 0-21 in the Nation's Capital and looked to take advantage of Washington's poor start to end that streak. They did just that, winning 27-20 last Sunday. The Lions took advantage of some 4th quarter turnovers to achieve that feat. Matt Stafford threw for 385 yards and two touchdowns. Both Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson had over 100 yards receiving as well. Burleson will be out a couple months after breaking his arm in a car accident on Tuesday, however. It is hopeful that the Lions get RB Reggie Bush back for Week 4 when they host the 3-0 Chicago Bears.
9/19/13: The Lions are improved over last season, a year ago the team would not even be in this game. Unfortunately, this can only be a moral victory, because the real result was a 25-21 loss to Arizona on the road. The big blow, however, was losing star running back Reggie Bush in the second quarter. The good news is that Bush is expected to be fine and should be in the line up this week. Bush been durable for the past two years, but may take more hits this season in a more open offense. The Lions now head east to face Robert Griffin II and 0-2 Washington in Week 3.
9/12/13: The Lions have been excited to unleash new running back Reggie Bush all offseason and they finally had their chance last Sunday. Bush torched the Vikings for 191 yards (rushing and receiving) and a touchdown, as the Lions started the season with a 34-24 win. The Lions defense was solid after letting Adrian Peterson go for a 70 yard touchdown on his opening carry. He was limited to only 15 yards the rest of the day. With the exception of the Suh cheapshot to Johnathan Sullivan (which will cost him $100,000 but no suspension), it was a good start to the season. The Lions now travel to Arizona to take on the Cardinals, who lost their opener to the St. Louis Rams.
9/4/13: The Detroit Lions open the season against the rival Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, and this should be a pretty good game. The Lions slumped to a lousy 4-12 record last year, even though QB Matt Stafford threw for over 5,000 yards and WR Calvin Johnson set the records for most receiving yards in a season. This year should be different. Reggie Bush is now in the backfield and is coming off the two best years of his career. The added offensive dimension will make the Lions a better and more balanced team - which should lead to more wins.
8/29/13: The Lions simply destroyed the New England Patriots in their week 3 preseason game. The interior defensive line tandem of Ndomakong Sue and Nick Fairely have been dominant - there may not be an offensive line that can hold them. Matt Stafford looks like he is ready for another 5,000 yard season, and newcomer running back Reggie Bush seems to fit in seamlessly with this offense. The Lions still must work on their attitude and maturity. A week after getting flagged for three personal fouls, they got flagged for five against the Patriots. The Lions are good, but not good enough to give up 75 yards a week for stupid plays.
8/22/13: Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson have to love the addition of Reggie Bush. In their first preseason game, a Jets cornerback let Johnson go free in order to cover Bush. Stafford said he had never seen that before. This means that Megatron could be more dangerous than ever, and should improve on his measly five touchdowns from last season. The danger the Lions have is their immaturity, which starts with head coach Jim Schwartz. The team often gets too hyped up and takes foolish personal foul penalties. They have to get their emotions under control, or it will be another disappointing winter in Detroit.
8/15/13: The Lions players are enjoying having "Kickalicious" on the team - even if it is only for the preseason. Kickalicious, whose real name is Harvard Rugland, is a Norwiegian and has never played American football. His trick shot video became a sensation on YouTube and the Lions offered him a tryout. He made both of his field goal attempts, from 49 and 50 yards, in the Lions preseason win over the Jets. His teammates genuinely like him and his accent. He probably will not make the team, but he is truly enjoying himself during his tryout - and doing pretty well also.
8/8/13: The most that has been written about Detroit this summer is that the city filed for bankruptcy, becoming the largest municipality to ever do so. Of course that is not stopping the city from building a new arena for the Red Wings. It does mean that the Lions have gone largely under the radar after their 4-12 season, in which they lost their last eight games. But a Lions' fan can do an eight game losing streak standing on his head. With a legitimate running threat in Reggie Bush, the team has the potential to really surprise people come the regular season. The playoffs are not out of the question.
8/1/13: Read into this as you want, but word out of Lions camp is that defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley look the best they have ever looked. On paper, this should be a devastating interior combination that is almost impossible to run against. In reality, the pairing has been good but not dominant for the past three years. Head coach Jim Schwartz says that both are in great shape this year, particularly since Fairley has lost a lot of weight. The Lions need both to be at their best as they face off against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers twice a year and try to rebound from a 4-12 season.
7/25/13: The Lions are scheduled to meet with veteran defensive tackle Justin Bannan, who remains as an unsigned free agent. Bannan, at 34 years of age, is on the downside of his career - though he can still be a productive member of a defensive line. He started 15 games last season with the Broncos and had 42 tackles. He has twelve years experience, which is also helpful. The Lions could use a little more depth on the D-line, and Bannan would likely be one of the first two subs for the starting interior linemen Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.
7/18/13: QB Matt Stafford and the Lions management have been raked over the coals in the last few weeks because of the mammoth extension the two sides agreed upon. Former Eagles and Washington QB Donovan McNabb was especially vocal, saying he did not deserve it because he does not have the wins. Stafford says he understands that thought, but the guy also led the team to the playoffs in 2011 and they should be competitive again this year with the addition of Reggie Bush. Besides, who else are they going to get? Tavaris Jackson or Curtis Painter?
7/11/13: Of course there is no way to predict how the Lions will fare this season. They may be one of the more improved teams with the addition of Reggie Bush and another year of experience under the belts of the defensive line. However, right now they may be the most improved team in terms of arrests and off-field incidents. The team has had two incidents this year: Amari Spievey and Ronnell Lewis. But last year the team had seven off-field incidents and even sent Titus Young home during OTAs. Hopefully the new lawfullness will set a better tone for the team which looks to get back to the playoffs in a tough NFC North.
7/4/13: It is not often when you hear that the Lions have what the Patriots needs. The Lions, owners of the only 0-16 record are being eyed by the Patriots - the definition of consistent excellence over the past 12 years. However, with Aaron Hernandez no longer on the team, the Pats need another tight end, and the Lions have several. The Lions may end up trading Brandon Pettigrew or Tony Scheffler to New England. What the Lions may want back is up for speculation, but draft picks are always popular. As the season gets closer, do not be surprised if there is a trade in the works.
6/27/13: New Lions running back Reggie Bush is getting rave reviews from his teammates after the first rounds of workouts. Wide receiver Nate Burleson gushes about his ability. Bush may be exactly what the offense needs. Sure they can throw the ball - no one but Calvin Johnson and the refs can stop Calvin Johnson. But Bush should provide the balanced attack that has been lacking. The ability to run the ball should keep defenses honest, and actually open up more opportunities for Megatron to show why he is the best wide receiver in the game today.
6/20/13: The lions will be an interesting team to keep an eye on this season. They have plenty of passing power with Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson. What they need is a balancing running game and some defense. The Reggie Bush signing should help them on the ground and with screen passes. Bush has proven that he can handle a 16 game workload. Defense may still be an issue. They are good up front, but need to be able to shut down the passing game with a better secondary. No one is sure if this is a 10-6 team or a 6-10 team, but it should be fun to watch.
6/13/13: The Lions have to find offensive balance this year. It is great that Matt Stafford throws for 5,000 yards and that Calvin Johnson sets the single season record for receiving yards, but the offense is still one dimensional. Defenses figured that Johnson was going to get his catches - that comes with playing against the best WR in the game. But it also meant that defenses could stuff the run. The addition of Reggie Bush is a sound one. He showed he had the durability to be a feature back in Miami. Additionally, he can catch the ball and make plays in space. A great pickup for the Lions.
6/6/13: The Lions are certainly not the team that went 0-16 a few years ago. They have completely rebuilt their organization (starting with the termination of former general manager Matt Millen) and developed some nice young talent. Indeed, the team even made the playoffs in the 2011 season. But they stumbled big time last year as they could not identify a suitable complement to Calvin Johnson and the running backs kept getting injured. The wide out spot may still be a question, but the addition of Reggie Bush and a healthy corps may push this team back to 500 this time around.
5/30/13: The Lions, like the Green Bay Packers, have a weakness in the running game. The Packers drafted two top end rushers in the draft and hope that jumpstarts their running attack. The Lions, however, have been trying to solidify the position for years. They have spent a lot of draft picks on RBs, only for those players to get injured or arrested or both. It seems now that the position comes down to Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Mikel Leshoure. Bush is the team's big free agent signing and can be counted on a catch passes. However, without improvement from the offensive line, it simply will not matter who carries the ball.
5/23/13: How good is Lions' superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson? He is so good that he set the single season record for receiving yards without all of his fingers working. Apparently, Johnson hurt two or three fingers sometime last year, and they were not straight, but crooked. Megatron claims that he is trying to avoid surgery and working on straightening out his digits. Imagine that if Johnson set records playing with only 70% of his hands, then he should continue to set records at full strength for the next several years - especially since the Lions like to throw the ball.
5/16/13: Former Lions wide receiver Titus Young is turning into the next Maurice Clarrett or Lawrence Phillips. He was a second round pick just two years ago, but fought with teammates and was finally cut for intentionally lining up in the wrong spot. Now he has been arrested three times in a week. The first was a vehicular incident. The second (on the same day) was for breaking into an impound lot and trying to steal back his car. The third is for breaking into someone's house. There is no chance he will play this year, or probably ever.
5/9/13: Detroit drafted offensive guard Larry Warford in the third round with the 65th overall pick. The Rams would have taken him in the first round. St. Louis had to chose between Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree and Warford for the 30th pick, and chose Ogletree. Since the Rams did not have a second round pick, Warford dropped and the Lions took him before the Rams picked in the third round. That sounds like good value, especially coming from Rams head coach Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead, who have shown they know a thing or two about drafting.
5/2/13: The Lions are traditionally accustomed to selecting at or near the top of the draft, so after a brief hiatus, they must have felt comfortable with the number five pick overall. They selected Ezekiel (Ziggy) Ansah, the raw defensive end out of BYU. Ziggy is an interesting choice since he does not have a history of playing football. He played only two years at BYU and none before that. He hails from Ghana, and tried football only after not making the basketball and track teams in college. He is athletically gifted and may develop into a star player with proper coaching.
4/25/13: The Lions are one of the few teams picking in the top portion of the draft that actually have their QB situation figured out. What they do not have is a good offensive line to give Matt Stafford time to throw or any of the running backs to gain some yardage. Fortunately, there are some good offensive line prospects available in this year's draft. Luke Joekle, who protected Johnny Football last season will probably go first to the Chiefs, but other options such as Lane Johnson and Chance Warmack are solid alternatives for anyone looking to protect their QB.
4/18/13: Well this is news. Lions QB Matt Stafford says he is not interested in being the highest paid quarterback. Rather, he would rather put talent around him so they can win. Many athletes mistake pay for respect, without thinking about the ramifications. If they did think about the big picture, then teams in Texas and Florida would be consistent champions in every major sport because there is no state income tax (saving the players 5-9% per year). But this is good for Detroit. Stafford obviously wants to win on the field, and a statement like this will make him a winner to Lions fans.
4/11/13: Kicker Jason Hanson is officially finished in the NFL. The 42 year old field goal specialist, who has spent a full one half of his life in professional football, and all with the Detroit Lions is retiring. Detroit signed former 49ers kicker David Akers as the first Lions kicker not named Jason Hanson in 21 years. Hanson leaves as the third leading scorer in league history. He booted 495 field goals, including a record 52 from 50 yards or longer. Congratulations to Hanson on a great career, and best of luck to him with future endeavors.
4/4/13: The Lions selected left tackle Riley Reiff with their first selection last year, and he was immediately billed as the teams left tackle of the future. One year later, and Reiff has exactly one start to his name - the only game that incumbent left tackle Jeff Backus ever missed in his career. Reiff figures to be a starter this year, but his exact position has yet to be determined. With Backus still around, he probably will not get a shot at the left side. Since he is a run blocker, the right side may suit him better. Some suggest that because of his stout frame and short arms that he should be a guard.
3/28/13: Head coach Jim Schwartz and the Lions are excited to have Reggie Bush on board for next season. Schwartz believes that Bush will be able to keep defenses honest, thereby freeing up wide receiver Calvin Johnson - basically getting him away from triple coverage by forcing the defenses to keep a man in the box. Welcome to Offense 101, Coach Schwartz. The Lions hope they have their version of The Triplets now with Bush, Johnson, and quarterback Matt Stafford (whom fantasy players are calling 'Stat Padford"). In any case, some semblance of a running game will help the team tremendously.
3/21/13: Fourteen years ago, the St. Louis Rams were coming off of a 4-12 season, had traded for Marshall Faulk, and found their big free agent prize, Trent Green, down for the year. They turned into the greatest offensive scoring machine the NFL had ever seen, won the Super Bowl, and are immortalized as the 'Greatest Show on Turf'. Former Colts GM Bill Polian thinks that is what is going on in Detroit with the signing of Reggie Bush. Bush should be able to provide the balanced rushing attack that the Lions need - if so, then look out. This could be a very dynamic offensive next year.
3/14/13: Detroit got active in the free agency market, active enough that they may have won the press conference on the second day of free agency. The Lions signed running back Reggie Bush, formerly of the Miami Dolphins, defensive tackle Jason Jones formerly of the Seattle Seahawks, and free safety Glover Quin formerly of the Houston Texans. Bush may be the biggest name of the group, but he will be expected to share the load and change the pace from Mikel Lashoure. Detroit could use a running game to complement their potent passing attack and put more points on the board.
3/7/13: The hottest rumor going around Detroit is not about Emminem or Red Wings or the city's crumbling infrastructure. It is about a running back. More precisely, signing Reggie Bush as a free agent. The Lions running back woes are well documented. It is the most dangerous job in the city - more dangerous than being a drug mule on 8-Mile. Jahvid Best and Mikel Lashoure are talented guys, but Best's career may be over with concussion symptoms and Lashoure keeps hurting himself as well. Bush is more durable than people realize, and could be a good fit in the Motor City.
2/28/13: Despite the big passing yards the Lions put up the last two seasons, the knock on the offense has been the lack of running game. The team has gone through several running backs, who all seem to get hurt. There has been some recent chatter about the Lions picking up Reggie Bush. Bush has played the last several seasons in Miami, and while he never blossomed into the game-defining back that people envisioned when he was in college, he has been a very productive player. He will likely not be renewed by the Dolphins, so the Lions have a great chance of landing him.
2/14/13: Detroit cut ties with mercurial wide receiver Titus Young after two disruptive seasons. The Lions acknowledge there was little to no trade value for the talented yet troubled wide out from Boise State. Jeff Fisher and the Rams were the only team to submit a waiver claim on Young - apparently Fisher believes that he can set the young man straight. Fisher has a mixed record with team cancers. He got Albert Haynesworth to play, but could not do the same for Adam "Pac-Man" Jones or Randy Moss. As for Detroit, they had enough of his fighting with teammates, and his boast that he is better than Calvin Johnson surely did not go over too well.
2/7/13: The Lions are not wasting much time paring down the roster. Immediately after the season ended, the team cut volatile wide receiver Titus Young. Young threw a few cheap shots that killed some drives, sucker punched a team mate, and complained about his role incessantly. He even posted on social media, daring the Lions to cut him. So they did and made him the first casualty of the offseason. There was no real chance to trade him, so the Lions just cut bait. The team is also rumored to be cutting defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosh in a salary dump.
1/31/13: The Detroit Lions have hired former Denver Broncos GM Brian Xanders as a senior personnel executive. Xanders spent his coaching and front office career with the Atlanta Falcons and Broncos, and is noted for rebuilding the Broncos roster after the departure of former head coach Mike Shannahan. Detroit woefully under-performed this past season and won only five games. They had been expected to compete for a playoff spot. Individuals put up some excellent numbers and Calvin Johnson even broke the record for most receiving yards in a season. However, it did not translate into wins, and that is what Xanders is hired to fix.
1/24/13: Lions wide receiver Titus Young is probably lucky that he is with the Lions and not a more stringent team. Young has had his fair share of run-ins with authority since he came into the league - most notably his fight with a teammate in the 2011 season. He was suspended this season for insubordination, so the bad behavior does not seem to be a one-time episode. GM Martin Mayhew met with Young to discuss his future with the team, and the Lions seem inclined to keep him around and get him the help he needs.
1/17/13: Not surprisingly, the Lions are shaking things up after a disappointing season. Special teams coordinator Bobby Crossman will not be returning for 2013. Former Bills OC Curtis Modkins will be the running backs coach. Former Jags tight ends coach Bobby Johnson will assume the same role with the Lions while Tim Lappano moves from tight ends coach to wide receivers coach. Finally, Jeramiah Washburn earned a promotion from assistant offensive line coach to head offensive line coach. Jim Schwartz survived Black Monday, but if the team has another season like 2012 then he too will be looking for a new job.
1/10/13: A week and a half after Black Monday, and it looks like Head Coach Jim Schwartz is keeping his job. There were rumors that management did not like his style, though that seems to have faded. The Lions took a major step ba
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