Tag:Gunther Cunningham
Posted on: February 18, 2011 2:16 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2011 2:18 pm

NFL punishes Lions for tampering

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You might remember that the Chiefs filed tampering charges against the Lions in December after former Kansas City defensive coordinator and current Detroit defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham made comments about wanting to pick up Chiefs players and bring them to Detroit.

As Foxsports.com writes, the NFL today ruled Detroit did, in fact, tamper with Kansas City’s players, including having “impermissible contact with a player (or his agent) under contract to the Chiefs.”

The punishment for the Lions includes Detroit losing its 2011 seventh round Draft pick – which originally was acquired from the Broncos – and giving up its fifth round pick (No. 9) in exchange for Kansas City’s fifth-round pick (No. 23).

The Lions have until the end of the month to file an appeal of the punishment.

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Posted on: December 24, 2010 10:00 am
Edited on: December 24, 2010 4:08 pm

You best not mess with Gunther Cunningham

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Even though he’s 64 years old, don’t think that Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham won’t try to take out Dolphins RB Ricky Williams if Cunningham even sniffs the hint of an illegal crackback block from Williams.

"All I can say to Ricky Williams – I want him to know this – if he hits one of our DBs in the back on a crack block, then I'm coming on the field," Cunningham said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "I mean, he's had a couple of knockouts, but they've been nonlegal. I'll just put it as that."

Apparently, Detroit’s coaching staff has told its players this week to be on the lookout for those blind-sided blocks that go across the flow of a play known as crackbacks.

"Just make sure we show up fast on the run and stuff and keep our head on a swivel," Lions safety Amari Spievey said. "But most importantly, just show up fast in the run, so if they do block and if it's going to be in the back, hopefully, the refs will call it."

For his part, Miami coach Tony Sparano said he had no idea what Cunningham was talking about.

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 4:57 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 6:16 pm

Chiefs file tampering charges against Lions

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Foxsports.com is reporting that the Chiefs have filed tampering charges against the Lions.

Other than that, we don’t know too much more about who, what, why, where and how.

According to the NFL, tampering is referred to as one team interfering with the employee-employer relationship of another team OR any attempt by an organization to convince that person to seek employment with that club or with the NFL.

According to the report, Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham could be the target of the grievance, because he’s talked in the past to reporters about picking up players dropped by the Chiefs and bringing them to Detroit. Cunningham, by the way, used to be the Chiefs defensive coordinator.

The Lions, however, have not signed any free agents from Kansas City.

I assume we’ll hear more about this, especially if the league strips the Lions of any draft picks. Unless we don’t. It wouldn’t be inconceivable for the NFL to handle any kind of discipline in-house, and if the Lions are found not to be guilty, this charge likely will just blow away in the wind.

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 7:21 pm

Don't mess with Gunther Cunningham

J. Peterson was benched by Detroit defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Apparently to Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham,  it doesn’t matter who you are and what your qualifications are. If he’s not happy with the way you’re playing, you’re headed to the bench.

That includes you, five-time Pro Bowler Julian Peterson. After watching Eagles RB LeSean McCoy burn him and the rest of the Detroit defense for a long touchdown, Cunningham pulled Peterson from the game and replaced him with Ashlee Palmer.

“There's a reason, and he understood the reason,” Cunningham told the Detroit Free Press. “We expect certain things, and he's had a good week of practice."

More importantly than the temporary benching, though, was the message the move sent to the rest of the team.

"If he'll bench a five-time Pro Bowler, then he'll definitely bench anybody else,” CB Jonathan Wade said. "We've got to be accountable, and we've got to be doing our job. It's time to get it done. It's time for things to change."

But that wasn’t necessarily the worst-performing portion of Detroit’s defense that week.

Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, at times, was quadruple-teamed during the game, but the rest of the Lions couldn’t take advantage.

That’s four guys on one guy. Which theoretically means three Lions weren’t being blocked at the time. So you can excuse Cunningham’s anger. Because that's pretty ridiculous.

"I'm not going to tolerate four guys blocking one, and that was made loud and clear this week," Cunningham said. "I think we got some results on the practice field. Now it's going to depend on how we play in the game."

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