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Ernie Sims is widely considered to be among Matt Millen's strongest first-round picks. He's not a Calvin Johnson-caliber player, but he was the best defensive player for the Lions, almost from the time he was drafted. Now Millen is gone, as is his regime of coaches, and Sims, while a great athlete, no longer fits the Lions' defensive scheme. So he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, leaving what is perceived to be a gaping hole at weak-side linebacker. The chatter since the deal has suggested that the Lions would not have pulled the trigger on the deal if they did not have an idea of how to fill the hole left by Sims' departure. Most of that has concentrated on projecting another deal in the works (with former Titans star Keith Bulluck garnering most of the talk). A couple [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
What a difference the last season has made. If the masses will recall, it was this time last season that I was decrying the likely (and inevitable, as it turned out) selection of Matthew Stafford. I wasn't the only one; so much of the fanbase agreed, Stafford's greeting to the NFL and the Detroit Lions was a resounding jeer on draft day. And why were Lions fans so unhappy with the selection? Because most of them wanted an offensive lineman (Jason Smith), or a linebacker (Aaron Curry). Fast forward to today. Though some hesitate to be completely sold on the kid (count me among them), Stafford has gained acceptance as the team leader. If the Lions had waited until this year to draft a QB, they would have had to choose from an injury risk (Sam Bradford), the next Brady Quinn [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
Don't ever let anyone tell you that Michigan sports are worthless. Sure, the Pistons' faux-dynasty is well over, the Tigers choked and blew the division last year, the Red Wings are in the bottom half of playoff seeding (which IS a down year for them), and the Wolverines didn't make a bowl game, the NCAA Tournament, or ever the Frozen Four. And then there's the Detroit Lions, the culprits of the deepest wounds among true Michigan sports fans. No elaboration necessary, I'm certain. But there's also the Spartans of Michigan State University, making their second consecutive Final Four appearance, in the face of injuries, low seeding, and the Midwest division, unanimously considered the strongest of the NCAA tournament divisions. Unless you're a devoted Wolverine fan (and deep [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
With all the talk about the NFL Draft and the Detroit Lions' No. 2 pick, it seems Lions fans forgot about free agency. That's to be expected, considering the Lions' biggest move in free agency last year was signing Larry Foote to a one-year deal. Nobody much expected the Lions to make much noise, as they never do. Except the first day of free agency 2010. Before twelve hours of this year's free agency period had passed, Nate Burleson and Kyle Vanden Bosch became Detroit Lions. Vanden Bosch is on for four years at $24 million, and Burleson for five years/$25 million. Both deals are overpayments, for sure. Vanden Bosch is 31 years old and Burleson is a fringe No. 2 receiver at best. And yet, both deals make sense. This is where the famed "uncapped year" comes into [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
Watched the film, read the reviews, here's the outlook for the Detroit Lions this 2010 offseason. Offense Young first-round picks at the quarterback, running back and wide receiver positions are moot if your offensive line can’t block. Detroit learned this the hard way in 2009. Their offense was doomed the instant guards Manny Ramirez and Stephen Peterman took the field. Besides having no raw power, Ramirez and Peterman – and their occasional replacements Jon [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
It's that time again, my fellow Detroit Lions fans. The official end of the season is upon us, and you're going to watch. You're a Lions fan, but you're also a football fan, and this promises to be an explosive, well-matched, potentially high-scoring Super Bowl. But what's in it for you? Once again, the Lions were out of playoff contention by midseason, and the only talk about the Lions since Week 17 has pertained to the draft in April. So aside from picking a surrogate team to root for during the playoffs (as we have all learned to do as a self-defense mechanism—don't lie, you know you do it, too), how can we Lions fans enjoy the game as, well, Lions fans? I have a few ideas, sorted out for the many different types of Lions fans. For the "Blind [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
Let's get one thing straight: Matt Millen is not the sole culprit of the Detroit Lions' problems. Did Millen deserve to get fired from his GM post last season? Even he would tell you, Sure. Detroit is 31-97 since he was hired back in 2001---the worst record in football during that span. Many of Millen's draft picks didn't work out and he never found the right head coach for this club. That said, Millen wasn’t the problem––he was merely part of a bigger problem. This Lions franchise has won just one playoff game in the last 50 years. The only constant during this era has been owner William Clay [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
Why things will be better, but still bad, for the Lions. Detroit Lions Predicted: 4th 2008: 0-16 (4th NFC North) [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
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