Tag:Detroit Lions
Posted on: August 29, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: August 29, 2010 11:19 am

Hot Routes 8.29.10: Just a big ole hot mess

Posted by Will Brinson

In hindsight, yes, I'm beyond furious that I didn't use the Jay Cutler - Matt Leinart bro pic for this. Dagnabbit.

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  • The headline of the day pretty much has to be this one from Sean Jensen of the Sun-Times on the Bears: 'Saturday night summary: Hot mess." Yes, that makes me giggle. Almost as much as Jay Cutler getting sacked four times, throwing two picks and finishing the night with a QB rating of THIRTY ONE. Bwah. Meanwhile, in Arizona, the quarterback competition is going to come down to "chemistry with the team ." Really.
  • The fellas at The Wayne Fontes Experience make a good point: Willie Young has sacked the quarterback two weeks in a row. I have no earthly idea how he lasted until the SEVENTH round, but he'll be good. Also, guys, I'm the one driving the Jahvid Best bandwagon. You can hitch your wagon by calling 555-BEST. Also, Steve Schroder is right : why aren't they locking Detroit/Cleveland in for Thanksgiving? It's consistently more awesome than whatever else beatdown we're watching.
  • The score of the Panthers - Titans game might lead you to believe that it's the, you know, preseason. It also might lead you to believe that the Panthers defense is pretty good. As Jaxon writes at Cat Scratch Reader , that's not too far off. Offense, Tom Sorensen says at the Charlotte Observer , is "at a premium," which means that the failure/success of this season might actually hinge on the quarterback position for Carolina (once again). NO PRESSURE, Matt Moore.
  • I actually landed C.J. Spiller in a fantasy draft (for the first time) last night. I'm not upset but this news -- he is, as right tackle Cornell Green put it, "something else. " The guys at Buffalo Rumblings think the offense was "efficient and the defense was "lacking" -- if that's the biggest issue facing the Bills heading into the season, I think they take it and run.
  • Mike Tomlin has yet to announce a starting quarterback, but Ryan Wilson of Steelers' Lounge makes an excellent note : the two-headed quarterback monster of Dennis Dixon and Byron Leftwich is probably the smartest move. Or the only move. Whatever.
  • Dave Halprin of Blogging the Boys makes an astute point: this IS the preseason and all, but you still can't "wash away the stink that was the Cowboys on Saturday night." The good news is that Jerry Jones isn't that concerned ; pretty sure t that won't last if the shoddy play continues through into the regular season.
  • Not that anyone actually roots for failure, but it's kind of funny when a New York team stinks, it usually results in fun headline-writing. "Giants still 'a ways' away from being good " and "Nothing goes right for Giants " are two examples. Basically, the point that you should be getting from this is that the Giants are an "at-risk" team for 2010. On the bright side, Joe Flacco is definitely the starter in Baltimore. Which is, um, unsurprising?
Posted on: August 27, 2010 4:16 pm

The end for Jared DeVries

Posted by Andy Benoit

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Detroit Lions have placed veteran defensive end Jared DeVries on injured reserve. Birkett writes:

DeVries underwent arthroscopic surgery on his injured knee Wednesday. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Thursday he expected DeVries back "in a few weeks," but the Lions were unwilling to hold a backup roster spot for the 12-year veteran.

DeVries missed all of last season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

This has the smell of a career coming to an end. The Lions have been on the fence about Devries all offseason, and their recent trade for Seahawks end Lawrence Jackson wasn’t a positive sign for his immediate future.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: August 25, 2010 9:48 pm

Joe Paquette: Greatest football fan of all-time

Posted by Will Brinson

Lots of folks have passion for football. I do. You do. Many season ticket holders do. But none of that passion compares, me thinks, to Joe Paquette, Jr., a 63-year-old man who walked 425 miles from Munising, Detroit to the Lions practice facility in order to show them what passion really is.

Apparently, it's "Sisu."

"It means perseverance and being able to bounce back from a difficult situation, which we all know the Lions are in," Paquette said Wednesday. "I said that's what the Lions need, they need Sisu. But how do you get it down there? Do you send them a letter that ends up in the waste basket?"

Paquette, whose story comes to us courtesy of the Detroit Free-Press via Doug Farrar at Shutdown Corner , got back into shape after his health started to detoriate following the holidays. He got into such got shape and became so inspired by Sisu -- which basically means "having guts" in Finnish, according to Wiki -- that he decided to take it to the Lions.

"Once they see that a 63-year-old man with arthritis in both knees can walk 450 miles just because of Sisu, they are going to buy into it," Paquette said. "We need the fans to get into it. We need our players to get into it. But I don't want them to say that I have Sisu. I want them to feel it. I want them to have it in their eyes and the hunger of Sisu in their eyes so that when they get on that field they know what they are going to do."

Whether or not you think Paquette is a bit, ahem, bonkos is beside the point. The guy has an attitude that would seem to inspire a despondent football team not to mention being right in line with coach Jim Schwartz' musical tastes.

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 9:01 pm

What was Tony Scheffler expecting?

Posted by Andy Benoit

It’s hard to say whether we should admire Tony Scheffler’s optimism or pity his naiveté. The tight end spent his first four seasons in Denver and was traded to Detroit this past spring. Saturday, he made his return to Mile High (errr…Invesco Field).

"It was good to be back here, good to win the game," Scheffler told the Denver Post. "But I didn't expect the boos.”
Didn’t expect the boos? Really?

Scheffler was traded because, like Brandon Marshall, he was branded as a player who didn’t buy into what Josh McDaniels was selling. He was even benched late last season for what McDaniels perceived as attitude problems.

Scheffler has always been a good receiving tight end (when healthy), but he never had more than 49 catches in a season for the Broncos. And the Broncos never won a playoff game during his tenure. In other words, this wasn’t exactly Kevin Garnett returning to Minnesota.

Scheffler may not have anticipated the boos, but to his credit, he didn’t get too disrupted by them. "It surprised me, but that's all right, I don't play here anymore," he said.

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 9:30 am

Hot Routes 8.21.10: injuries galore

Posted by Andy Benoit

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Atari Bigby, currently recovering from ankle surgery, could be headed for PUP. Doctors are saying the strong safety might need eight weeks to get healthy again.

Falcons fifth-round rookie receiver Kerry Meier is out for the season with a knee injury.

Raiders quarterback Charlie Frye needs wrist surgery and has been put on Injured Reserve.

Greg Toler and Trumaine McBride are in a hot competition for the Cardinals’ No. 2 corner job. This tells you that the second-year pro Toler hasn’t played up to expectations; the job was supposed to be his to begin with.

Donovan McNabb and Chris Cooley are building a strong rapport in Washington.

One more Redskins note: despite missing chunks of practice for…whatever ailment he seems to have this week…Albert Haynesworth would like to play Saturday against the Ravens.

Chris Johnson was so proud of his accomplishments in 2009 that he got some new tattoos to commemorate them. Click here to take a look.

The punter position has been a problem for Green Bay (the team tied for last in the NFL in net punting average in 2009). It could just be exaggerated optimism, but coaches think things are turning around.

With safety Louis Delmas’s status for Week 1 in question (groin injury), more and more people are calling on the Lions to acquire disgruntled Chiefs safety Jarrad Page.

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 8:10 am

Who got the better of the Lawrence Jackson trade?

Posted by Andy Benoit

Just three years ago, the Seahawks invested a first-round pick on defensive end Lawrence Jackson. Now, they’ve shipped him to Detroit for what is believed to be a sixth-rounder in 2011. L. Jackson (US Presswire)

To answer the question posed by the headline above, Detroit, Detroit, Detroit, Detroit. Sure, Jackson has been a disappointment at the NFL level. He lacked the size needed to play the Leo position (right defensive end) in Seattle’s scheme, and he was never quick enough to be a true edge rusher. But Jackson isn’t a bad run-defender when he’s able to create space. And he’s capable of posting four or five sacks a season (though, granted, he has just 6.5 total sacks in two seasons thus far). This is excellent value for a sixth-round pick – especially when you’re the Lions and hurting for depth along the front line.

Interestingly enough, the man behind the trade was Jackson’s coach at USC, Pete Carroll.

As ESPN’s Mike Sando pointed out, earlier this offseason Carroll had some very honest comments about Jackson for Seattle radio personality Mitch Levy of KJR:

"You said I thought (Jackson) was going to be a great player," Carroll said. "I thought Lawrence was a very good player for us (USC). I didn't know that he had the ability to dominate in the NFL, but I knew he could be a good solid player."

Levy then said he thought Carroll sounded surprised to see Jackson drafted in the first round.

"Um, I'm surprised about a lot of our guys," Carroll said. "I'm a little surprised by a lot of our guys that got picked in the first round. I've been a lot tougher on our guys than some of the guys that have drafted them."

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 9:17 am
Edited on: August 15, 2010 10:51 am

Lions lose linebacker for season

Posted by Andy Benoit
J. Dizon (US Presswire)
Saturday night’s game at Pittsburgh proved costly to Detroit’s linebacking depth. Jordon Dizon was lost for the season with a knee injury. The Detroit Free Press writes:

Dizon was on crutches and had his left leg in a brace after the Lions’ 23-7 preseason-opening loss to the Steelers at Heinz Field Saturday. He was injured on the first play of the Steelers’ opening series of the second quarter, when defensive end Jason Hunter rolled into his leg trying to tackle running back Isaac Redman.

Dizon, a second-round pick in 2008, once projected as the long-term leader of the Lions linebacking corps. However, when the Jim Schwartz regime took over, a new power-oriented defensive scheme was installed. That scheme does not naturally fit the 232-pounder’s skill set.

Not to be callous, but Dizon can be replaced. Versatile veteran Landon Johnson was brought in to be the first linebacker off the bench. Johnson is good enough to start for a lot of teams. He’ll likely inherit whatever snaps Dizon would have received.

UPDATE: Pro Football Talk is reporting that Dizon still needs an MRI on his knee. The Lions are waiting for the swelling to go down. Dizon has said he is done for the year, but if the MRI reveals only a torn MCL, and not an ACL, he could be back. It's doubtful that will be the case, but the diagnosis is technically not 100 percent clear at this point.

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 7:00 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2010 7:35 pm

What to Watch For: Saturday Preseason Games

Saturday features a pretty good slate of preseason games, each with some interesting storylines. You can follow all the action on our NFL Scoreboard, but for now, let's take a quick walk through the schedule and let you know what we're looking for; hit us with what you're watching in the comments or on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .
  • Miami v. Tampa Bay : Easily the biggest story here will be the performance of the Bucs' youngsters. While it's unlikely Tampa Bay will be contending for anything in 2010, how Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn, Josh Freeman, Gerald McCoy and Brian Price perform during the season will probably determine the length that Raheem Morris keeps his job. For the Dolphins, seeing how Brandon Marshall and Chad Henne click will be interesting -- their being on the same page is paramount for the Fins success.
  • Pittsburgh v. Detroit : It's all about Ben Roethlisberger. (Will he start? Will he get booed?) At least for Pittsburgh, anyway. For Detroit, I'm focusing on how Jahvid Best runs and what kind of coverage Calvin Johnson sees with additional weapons on the offensive side of the ball, as well as how much disruption Ndamukong Suh can cause.
  • Arizona v. Houston : For the Cardinals, the passing game is going to be crucial -- how will Matt Leinart perform in his first opportunity to make an in-game impression following the Kurt Warner era? The Texans are set as far as the passing game goes, but the running game is a whole different issue: out of Arian Foster, Ben Tate and Steve Slaton, someone has to emerge who can carry the load.
  • Green Bay v. Cleveland : Yikes -- the Packers are fun and all, but this shouldn't be a thriller. I suppose it's worth checking out my man Jake Delhomme to see if he can make Cleveland relevant. Rookie Joe Haden will start too, and he gets quite the test against Aaron Rodgers. Andy and I discussed the man-crushing on Jermichael Finley Friday as well, so it'll be interesting to see if Rodgers looks his way first chance he gets. Bryan Bulaga's probably the only other potentially big surprise for the Pack.
  • St. Louis v. Minnesota : I, for one, am stoked to see how Sam Bradford and A.J. Feeley compare. Also, Mardy Gilyard is stupid good on Madden '11 (I know, I know) but unfortunately, he's not supposed to play. For Minnesota, the focus is going to be on the quarterback position as well -- if Brett Favre doesn't come back, can Tavaris Jackson at least look good against what shouldn't be dangerous defense? (Or, alternately, can the Rams' D manage to make the Favre-less Vikes O look bad?)
  • San Diego v. Chicago : With Shawn Merriman now in camp, the biggest issue facing the Chargers is the absence of Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeil -- can Malcolm Floyd/Buster Davis and a patchwork group of left tackles fill the respective holes on the offense? For the Bears, Julius Peppers' performance will be interesting to watch, but more important will be the offensive line play and Jay Cutler's ability to adapt to Mike Martz' system.
  • Seattle v. Tennessee : I'll be scoping out Golden Tate's action, as I think he could be a difference maker this year. I also happen to love Justin Forsett for some reason -- Charlie Whitehurst will get some action to prove why he's such a highly paid backup. Vince Young's ability to perform at the same level he maintained during the second half is imperative for the Titans to succeed. Tonight we get to see if he can get off on the right foot.
So, what about you -- what are you looking for tonight?

(Ed. Note: Sorry, we published an un-saved version that didn't have the SD/CHI and SEA/TEN games on there. Our bad.)
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