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Lions declined to give Fairley playbook

Posted on: May 7, 2011 2:43 pm
 
N. Fairley didn't get a playbook from his employer while Detroit had the chance (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When the lockout briefly was lifted last week, there was talk that those taken in the first round of the NFL draft could receive playbooks and interact with their new coaches – a courtesy that couldn’t be extended to the rest of those drafted in the later rounds because the lockout was put back into place during the middle of the second round.

But the Detroit Free Press writes that the Lions didn’t bother getting DT Nick Fairley any new reading material.

And if it seems like a curious decision – why wouldn’t you get the guy your information when you had the legal authority to do so?!? – coach Jim Schwartz feels he has a perfectly good explanation.

“Our blood pressure's pretty low on stuff like that," Schwartz said. "We don't want to rush things. You give somebody a set of instructions without being able to communicate with them, it really might not do a whole lot of good so we haven't done a whole lot."

Yes, but what if the lockout extends deep into the summer and then the lockout is lifted with only a short training camp possible before the regular season begins? Won’t Fairley be hampered because the Lions didn’t give him the opportunity to familiarize himself with the material when they had the chance?

In Schwartz’s mind, that theory is almost irrelevant when it comes to discussing Fairley, because he says his scheme isn’t complicated for defensive linemen and that Fairley’s obstacles will be more physical than mental.

Still, he doesn’t want Detroit’s draft class to get lazy during the lockout.

“Whenever they get the call and we're back to work, they don't need to be worrying about whether they're in good enough shape," Schwartz said. "What they need to be worried about is learning and doing all those other things, and if they're trying to do both it's going to be too much for them.”

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Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: May 7, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Lions declined to give Fairley playbook

Biggest non-story ever published.


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Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: May 7, 2011 8:23 pm
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Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2011 8:08 pm
 

Lions declined to give Fairley playbook




Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: May 7, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Lions declined to give Fairley playbook

you make a very good point. ha



Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: May 7, 2011 5:59 pm
 

Lions declined to give Fairley playbook

You dont need a playbook when you and ur buddy next to u cant be blocked!!




Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2011 3:43 pm
 

Lions declined to give Fairley playbook

Yeah, seriously... this is a DT. What does he have to learn? What plays require him to stunt? What gap to line up on? What zone dog will require him to drop in to coverage?

Is this really a story?





Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: May 7, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Lions declined to give Fairley playbook

After reading this, I'm left wondering how many teams did give the playbooks to their first round picks. If the Lions were the only one not to, that's just pathetic. If this was relatively commonplace though, it's just a big "Meh!"




Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Lions declined to give Fairley playbook

Playbook? Just line this guy up next to Suh and let him go. He doesnt need a playbook right now. Tackle whoever has the Ball. Its not like hes a qb learnig a new system.


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