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|Lions Cut LB KJ Wright. Sign 3 Role Players|
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The Lions have Cut LB KJ Wright
The Moves Saves them Valuable Cap Space 3.68M
And No Cap case he was a Trade in Final year of his deal
THe Lions Have signed the Following 3 Players:
HB/KR Deshawn James Age 23 5'10 199 79 Over
James Was a Lion till This past off-season
His paper work got lost in the shuffle
Lions Grady Resign KR
Who Had 6 Kick Return TD's in his 3 seasons.
5 Years 9.52M/1.65 SB
ROLB Perry Stone Age 27 81 ovr 5'11 261
Drafted by Washington in 4th Round of 2017 Draft.
He was mainly just a back up but Cut Lose this year
He'll back up Lions Drafted LB Andrew Calender
4 Years 8.20M 1.44 SB
CB Prince Amukamara 91 Over Age 30 6 FT 206
Prince was Drafted 5th Overall in 1st Round in The 2012 Draft
He had Spent his Entire career With the Jets
till being cut this season
Here in Motwown Will be the Nickle CB for next season or 2
As we bring along the Young Kids behind him.
Plus Prince can KR in Pinch if needed .
2 years 13.24M/3.22 SB
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/19/2016)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 20|
|Lions Resign FS Cochran cut Spoto|
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The Lions have Resigned FS Bud Cochran
Cochran who was FA was hoping to get 1 last large FA Deal
Was signed as 30M with 12M SB FA Deal in 2017
The Team wanted to Restructure the Deal For cap Relief
His old deal would paid him 8.09M This year.
The Lions wanted pay just under 3 Million per year
Cochran Threw his Agent Colonel Harlan Sanders Said no to the Request
so The Lions Cut him and tried draft a FS with no real luck.
With no takers in Free Agency Sanders Called lions to take the offer.
The lions Resigned there FS to Cap Friendly 2 year deal base deal
Worth 6.2M with 1.43 SB
The 1st year of the Deal is worth 2.78M
FS Bob Spoto was released to make Room for the Signing .
The cut cost the Lions 620,000 But is upgrade for them in the short term.
It was finger licking good Deal for us said GM Riddell
The Lions saved $5.31 Million but letting Cochran Shop his Services
Now that's smart bargain Shopping by the Lions GM.
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/17/2016)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 16|
|Lions Draft Class & Skew a Video Review|
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/15/2016)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 17|
|Lions Trade Down and Still Get top Target|
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The Lions Traded Down and Still got TE Maximo Jones
Who GM Riddell top Target
The Lions Traded Eric Ebron to G-men and In Trade GM Riddell
Thought was Questionable. He Knew He have Replace his Star TE
When He Returned. as Lions Offence is transition
Enter Jones Who's Not as Fast as Ebron but a better Blocker .
Below is the Tail of the Tape Vs Eric Ebron head to head
The Lions will add 1 Speed and 10 Pounds Via OTC Works outs
1 STR Via 1 ACC TRaining camp .
"He had Great Rookie Game But We've Been Scouting
Since Draft Class was announced earlyer this year.
We where bitting are Nails off to the Nub wating lol
Where Very Pleased Said GM Riddell
Below are Jones Stats in The GZL Rookie Game:
Next Up is Pick 5th Pick in Round 4
The Lions have 4 picks this round and should get some great Depth .
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/07/2016)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 30|
|Lions sign 2 cut 1|
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The Lions cut CB Chase Minnifield today.
In a Youth and Cost Cutting Move
The 31 year Old CB had two years of his Contract
It save Lions Just under 4M in Cap
Minnifield was Drafted by 49ers in 2013
He been with the Lions since 2017 Trade
The Lions then Signed CB Brian Hardison
Who was drafted by Washington in 5th round of 2017 Draft
The 26 year old has lots of Upside and be new Nickle CB
Also Signed was Lions Draft Pick TE Jojo Tatum
He known as a Blocking TE and Special Teams Player
Both Deals are 5 Years.
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/04/2016)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 23|
|Lions Cut FS Bud Cochran|
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The Lions cut Free Saftey Bud Cochran today.
In a Youth and Cost Cutting Move
The 31 year Old Saftey was In The last year of his Contract
The Lions are now cutting most players over 30
In a youth Movement It save Lions 8M in Cap
Allows them being some more youth
It will cost just under 3 Million for the cut.
Cochran was with Lions 4 Season
Cochran Was Prize FA Signing From Atlanta
When he signed with Detroit in 2017
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/30/2016)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 16|
|1 out of 3 ain't bad|
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The Lions Went Into Free Agency With 1 goal in mind
Improve the O-line with a Proven Starter They Got one
But the Price was very high .
FA OG Shannon Crockett who spent his entire career with Denver
Was Snatched away like a theif in night by the Lions Gm Tom Riddell
The Price a Highly Expensive 70.47M/ 28.15M SB (total 10.31M year 1)
"The Detroit GM wined and dined The 28 year Lineman
Taking him to Capers steakhouse on 14726 Gratiot Ave, Detroit
Then They hit Players Gentlemen's Club on 8 Mile
He had QB Marcus Mariota Take him
Fishing the next Day.
"Denver was great
I want Think The Broncos for Everything
But Detroit is doing something Special and I want to be Apart of it
He'll now be starting Right Guard in Motown
I am Excited to play next to Brandon Scherff
We should be able to Open some running holes
and Keep our QB Safe.
Can't wait to see what the Lions do next."
The Lions Did Miss on Two other FA
Who Offers where match by there other Teams
so Detroit now put it mine on the draft
Where they have 8 Picks and hope have many as 10
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/29/2016)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 18|
|Lions trade Down again|
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GM Tom Riddell has trade with Rival Greenbay swapping picks
The lions now have 8 picks buit would like to be at 10 max
The Color Picks show the picks being Moved.
3.28 On it way to GB
4.05 Jets via Greenbay on it way
4.31 Jets via Greenbay on it way
5.14 Detroit On it way to GB
5.31 Jets via Greenbay on it way
7.14 Detroit '
"We want Maximize our Chance in The Draft More picks = More players.
This way not be end of me us Trading down
Where still open for business "
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/28/2016)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 14|
|Lions strategy to trade back and trade back often|
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GM Tom Riddell Has Traded back Twice so Far in the draft
The it has yet to officially open
He Traded his 2nd Round Pick and Dropped Down adding a WR
Then he swapped 3rds with Buffalo added a extra 4th
Now He's look leave the 3rd Round all together
"We have a lot players with 1 year Deals left We'll need Replacements
Best way to do that is Threw the draft cause less expensive
We Try to make 1 Big Splash Pick a year
GM Riddell in his office at Allan Park.
We made our offers There out there for Public and other GM to Study
But Can't sit on our Hands FA is last resort after this Round.
as we Try Extend our Cap as much as we can .
But we can do Pick swaps and Deal our players in Final year of contracts
But only for more picks and other players.
or both but they have to be cap Friendly deals
This Time we want build as much Team as we can via The Draft."
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/28/2016)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 12|
|Lions Questions and Answers 2021|
As Normal for me I'll be Taking Question from other Coaches in GZL
for next 4 days I'll then write about each Question and respond with my Answers
Questions from Brady Tinnin GM Bengals
(1) After a year away and Clearing my head I missed it
I nearly came back When lions GM nearly Quit in his 1st season last year
But I was not ready to commit to a few seasons
So I Decide to take full year and Plan a Come back.
Now I am glad I had the year and it give me a fresh perspective
Watching the league as a spectator
(2) Of Course I do
If I had Stayed last Season I would have Kept him.
I would have Franny Tag him to keep him a Lion.
This year would been the year I let him go.
seeing in Buffalo uniform still Stings
Only thing worse would been Seeing Staff in another NFC North Unform .
(3) With my Brain Injury I have keep what I have Still going
you ever heard the expression if you don't use it you'll lose it
Nothing could be More true for me It keep my brain active.
Plus it allows me to Expressive myself and work on myself
(4) We don't have Stafford Megatron Gettis
I Really Relied on The pass far too often with those 3 .
We have to be more balanced now
that means a emphasis on running the ball
More short and Med Range Passing
Hoping for yack Yards.
I have one Of the best Runningbacks in the league
a Good Young Running QB and who needs playing time Mature
When comes to Throwing the Rock . He needs time.
They Both need good o-line in Front of him
If I get him My Intention is move Him beside Brandon Scherff
This I hope allows both Marcus & Marcus Lead our Offence.
Questions from Nic St. Marie Seahawks GM
(5)That a very good Question
For me I've always been kind right now Person
Tomorrow is never promised to us
I know this 1st hand after car Wreck I was in many years ago
But one of Friend payed the biggest Price of all .
I just want Try Things a little Different
I can't say that circumstances won't change
But I been planing this come back for a year
Deciding what was going to do and now my Plan is in place.
Over next 2 to 3 seasons they'll be changes here
the only constant in life and Football is change
all i can tell is gong to try there no guarantee
But there is a Plan
Bryan Mellon Saint GM
I do small Article is Try minimize my Writing and grammar Errors
It not always Possible for me see my mistakes.
But I want to contribute as well
so it a balancing act for me
Some of articles are longer then others
But if I where write a longer one (700 Words +)
Not sure it would be in readable
too many grammar and Spelling error are possible
it hard enough for me Write small ones.
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/27/2016)||Replies - 7 :: Views - 102|
|Mariota Speaks .|
Lions quarterback Marcus Mariota is traveling
around Detroit , recruiting Lions fans.
He talked to WXYZ news
about the Upcoming GZL Draft, Matthew Stafford
and Ducks coach Mark Helfrich.
About the NFL Draft:
I think we get good players
They should come in and make an impact from Day 1
Praying they can help us move this in the right direction
was not happy being 7 and 9 last year."
On Gm Riddell Return ,On the hype, questions and run-up to the NFL Draft:
"I'm excited that Mr Riddell is back as The Detroit GM.
So much has changed in year he been gone
but know He'll put us back on the right path
as for the Draft.
I think that whole draft and combine process has become such a spectacle.
Now that we're a few week away from it
you kind of don't even hear much about it.
I got to know Carson Wentz a little bit
just because we have the same agent."
"It's a blast.
I've been very fortunate to land in such good areas.
Euge was a lot of fun. Detroit is just as great.
The people here are great... it's a fun little city.
There's Rock music everywhere.
There's lots of outdoor things you can do.
just outside the city hunt fish hike"
On seeing kids wearing Marcus Mariota jerseys:
"It's still surreal and it's really special...
all I can do is say 'thank you.'"
On winning over critics:
"I expected it.
I never really cared what other people think.
I expected myself to do well.
I wanted to go out there and try to make an impact.
Unfortunately, we didn't win as many games as I thought."
On Replacing GZL Icon Matthew Stafford :
" they are big Shoes to fill
He's a Icon and Really wish I would had more time with him
the one Season flew by and then bang he was in Buffalo
and I had again very big shoes to fill "
On the Oregon Ducks 9-win season:
"Just with the way they handled the injuries,
couple of games here and there,
you want to be able to finish a little better.
I think what coach (Mark) Helfrich and the rest of the gang with
what they lost from the last season, says a lot about them...
I think coach Helfrich is one of the smartest coaches
I've been around."
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/27/2016)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 22|
|Lions Swap Picks with Buffalo|
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GM Riddell has Pulled off a Minor Trade with Buffalo
Not wanting to go over board he basicly Sliding down and adding picks
Here The Deal the Lions send 2.14 To buffalo
For The Gaints Pick at 2:28
They Gain Buffalo's 4th Round Pick 4:16
We love deals like this he said
We gain a pick or a player and just slide back .
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/27/2016)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 9|
|Lions want to build Carefully over the next two seasons.|
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Off Season trading in Detroit use to brisk not this year
GM Riddell has been Stingy This year when comes to giving up picks
"We want to build threw the Draft and Via FA not Threw as many Trades
Well make inquires But we have Price in mind and not Budging from it.
We have Idea what Each player We are looking at is worth "
so his cell and Email is not as busy as was with his 1st stint in Detroit
"vaule is in eye of Beholder when comes to Football Players.
What I may think of as good player other may not
I've always gone by own way and that won't change
My Tactics will change a little.
We want build carefully over the next season or two
Then Well See what we have
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/27/2016)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 17|
|Lions Acquire WR PJ Mitchell From Rams|
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The Lions Have Struck a Deal With Rams GM Tyler Richardson
"It Tooks a Few Tries to get a a Deal done by we got it done.
I want to Thank Tyler for his patience and good will
PJ has Great Size and Will be Groomed over next year"
The Lions Slide Down in the 2nd Round 13 Spots to Gaints Pick at 228
And Pick up a 6'3 WR P.J. Mitchell Who's only 27 Years old
He Signed for next 3 Seasons.
The Allows The Lions To Not look WR in The Draft.
And Work on Filling Other holes in the Youth Movement in Detroit
Here The Deal Break Down
Lions Send 2.14
Rams Send WR WR P.J. Mitchell 80 Over age 27
Gaints 2nd Round Pick 2.28
The Deal has to be Approved by GZL Before it's Final
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/26/2016)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 21|
|Lions Bring 3 FA in for a Visit|
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There is Youth Movement in Motown
GM Tom Riddell Brought in 3 FA for Visits with Him today
In no Secret The Lions took Step back with his absence
With no 1st Round pick this year the Lions Going heavy into Free Agency .
The Biggest of the 3 Players is Starting LG Shannon Crockett
Crockett who is 6'4 325 Was Alstar at with Denver
Drafted 1.31 '16 by Broncos He's Finally Coming into his own as a blocker
Detroit has Major Need at Guard Spot.
The Lions also Bid on SS Jacquez Stoke
Stokes who is 6'3 was Drafted 1.16 '16 by Buccaneers
He Has been there Starting SS Now He's trying to get Paid in FA.
The Lions Love his Speed and Size and with Bud Cochran in Last year
It Makes Since the Lions try Grab a Younger Saftey
Last But no Least The Lions had in Saints Kicker Zach Hocker
With Dan Bailey in Last year of His Deal and His advanced Aged
The Lions Bring a kicker who is only 26
He could be The Team kicker for next 5 seasons
Updated After being out bid for Hocker
Lions have turn there attention to Pats kicker Derek Hunter
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/26/2016)||Replies - 2 :: Views - 35|
|Lions quietly shopping Dre|
CB Dre Kirkpatrick Agent is not happy
The Return of GM Tom Riddell to the Lions Means his client is being shopped around the league.
I've Been told that Sneaking GM put my Client on block without even a call to me
The Returned Detroit general manager did not deny He was shopping The Talented CB
But He did not Confirm it either
"He's 30 years old with 1 yr left on his deal and we are rebuilding
Anyone on Roster with a year left over 30 is tradeable
It's going to take 2 or 3 seasons to Rebuild
But to a Team Trying to make super bowl
a Player like Him could be a good fit but any Players with similar Talent would be "
Rumor has the lions would like young CB and 1st for him.
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/25/2016)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 19|
|Lions Training camp 2021|
Detroit Lions 2021 Training Camp
After a years hiatus for mental burnout
GM Tom Riddell Returns to Detroit and Allan Park MI.
He now must Rebuild a Team that is showing it age
Going from 13 wins to Just 7 Last Season.
He dose have some Building Blocks on both sides of ball
QB Marcus Mariota in his 2nd year as a Starter
He Must fill the Gaint Shoes of GZL Icon Matt Stafford
Who shuffled off to Buffalo Last year.
The lions have one best Runningbacks in the League Marcus Lattimore
This will not be Same old Pass Happy Lions.
As the WR Core that once was there is now taters
no more Eric Ebron no more Megatron. Both out Detroit for years.
Ebron in NYC and Johnson in Free Agency Waiting for a home.
David Gettis also Gone and Depth after him is lacklester at best
The Oline has good Parts but need a Better RG and OC
the Lions have to focus on a balanced offense and Play good D
as Rebuild is underway
Off Season Moves
Resigning SS Josh Ware to New 4 year Deal
Extended DE Trent Murphy 5 year
WR Darvin Adams got the Franny tag 1 year.
Released Or not give new deals :
CB Brandon Boykin Not Resigned Size .
DE Allen Bailey Age Not Resigned
QB Brian Hoyer Age Not Resigned .
WR David Gettis salary cap relief cut
FS Bud Cochran salary cap relief cut
CB Chase Minnifield salary cap relief cut
OLB KJ Wright salary cap relief cut
Free Agent Visits
LG Shannon Crockett Broncos
K Zach Hocker Saints
K Derek Hunter Patriots
SS Jacquez Stokes Buccaneers
Pre Draft FA Signings
G Shannon Crockett Broncos 70.47M/ 28.15M SB (total 10.31M year 1)
Will move to Right Guard
CB Brian Hardison 5 years 11.20M/1.50M
Right now the starting Nickle CB
TE Jojo Tatum 5 Year 7M/1M
After Not agreeing to Resign Earlyer in FA
The Lions 3 Round pick from 2018
Has Resigned to be the Blocking TE in Detroit
TE Maximo Jones Michigan Makes a Catch in the GZL Collage Prospect Game
2.28 TE Maximo Jones Michigan 6'5 244
This was The Player We wanted all along
We trade down and still get him
Will not as Fast as Former TE Eric Ebron Jones is better Blocker
With Good Size at 6.5 244 Lions will add 10 Pounds to Him
and 1 Speed in OTC
4.05 SS Jamal Jordan Appalach. St. 5'11 187
With the Lions Cutting Star FS Bud Cochran
The Team Needed a new Saftey
Jordon has great Hands good Jump and good Speed
He will take a bit to groom but He was a Need pick.
4.14 QB Cecil Silva Stanford 6'3 217
With Two picks so Close we Decided to take a QB
Silva is Drop back passer a switch up from Marcus
He'll get Skew Protection and Work on Give him some progression
He may be our #2 QB
4.16 LOLB Andrew Calender Utah 6'2 244
I hated our LB Depth Too slow and with K.J. Wright in last year of his
Deal we add a building piece for next year He's fast can Tackle
Will be Moved to ROLB He may even Start .
4.31 K Daniel Alvarz 6'1 225 BYU
He was next best Kicker in the draft Behind Roberto Aguayo
Who was Drafted by the Vikings in the 1st Round
I will never take a kicker that high
But Need a Replacement for Future Hall of Famer Dan Bailey
Who is 32 and Near the end of the Line
Alvarz can do kickoffs this year and next
Will I groom him to take over in 2 seasons for Dan Bailey
Bailey in last year of his deal '
So I'll Franny him next year to give time to Groom his replacement .
6.14 HB CJ Prosise 6'0 220 Notre Dame
Another Depth Guy Late in Draft has great Speed
His hands are suspect according to many in The Scouting community
well see how he dose in Camp.
6.29 WR Daniel Means 5'7 160 Central MI
A 5'7 Waterbug WR who has very good skills Good Depth very late
Very Fast but his Size maybe be a Issue in the GZL
very short WR don't do well here .
The Lions have gone this Route before
They Drafted Ronnie Lewis out of Oregon in 2014 Season
He was a 2nd Round Pick
this Time The pick is a late round Flyer
It not as big as a risk .
7.14 CB Cliff Abercrombie 5'9 175 Uconn
Our Final pick of 2021 Draft Cliff Abercrombie May be small
But he has good Wheels
He'll Need improve on his tackling and catching
But for 7th round Flyer He is worth the Risk.
After Draft FA Signings
Lions Resigning FS Bud Cochran
Also Signed :
CB Prince Amukamara
OLB Perry Stone
KR/RB DeShawn James
Training Camp for lions will focus on Grooming the Future
Will lions try redefine their offense & Defense
Look for them to work on fundamental
As they Install new playbooks On both Sides of the Team
Points Wise Look for them Groom Two young QB and New Drafted players for Next year
Kicker Daniel Alvarz Will hit weight room over next 3 seasons
as Lions boot His Kicking Power from 89 to 92 and his accuracy into 90's
He be doing Kickoffs for Lions this year and Dan Bailey Handle Field Goals
TE Maximo Jones will work on his Speed Strength his acceleration
He will be the starting TE From day 1.
QB Marcus Mariota Will get his Final THP Boost
For 2021 Depth Chart See here
The Lions Will look to get 9 to 10 wins this year
But The Rebuild is expect to take at least 2 season or more.
The Season could be Flop but we have all our picks
Turning around this Train Wreck from last year
Will take time.
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/23/2016)||Replies - 1 :: Views - 134|
|Lions GM Returns from hiatus Makes 1st moves|
After a Season away GM Tom Riddell has Return to Detroit
The GM Spent the off-season Coaching in the CIS
I'd 1st like to thank Jordan for holding down the Fort will I was away
He said to Reporters but it's good to be back
GM Riddell Signed a new 3 season Contract with Detroit
He Then Went to work .
His 1st Job Resigning SS Josh Ware to New 4 year Deal
Worth 18.83M with 3.96 SB
GM Riddell Also Extended DE Trent Murphy
who was pickup in Trade with Tampa.
He got a 5 year Contact 27.89M/6.45 SB
will WR Darvin Adams got the Franny tag for 12.12M
Only 2 UFA Match-Eligibles was done
WR Byron Marshall was offered a 3 year deal
WR Erich Carey was offered a 5 year deal
As lions look to rebuild threw Trades FA and the draft.
3 Players where not offer any deals and now FA
CB Brandon Boykin
DE Allen Bailey
QB Brian Hoyer
Two other players had there Incentive to Build Traditionally Done:
RE Logan Havelock + 1 Ac (89 to 90)
CB Zion Wright 1+ SPD (95 to 96)
Detroit will post it's off season trade block soon
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/22/2016)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 27|
|2020 Colts Training Camp|
You know the old saying, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” That can be said about the Indianapolis Colts' season last year. The Colts changed up their linebacking core, settled on Pryor as their Quarterback of the future, and even added several new Running backs to their team. What happened was a little too familiar. Starting off 2-1 with a couple of close losses soon to follow and then a downward spiral. The team finally concluded the season with an all-too-familiar 3-13 record. Somehow, head coach Sutton saved his job.
The most likely explanation for Sutton keeping his job is the plethora of reasons the team came up short and their bright spots that leave some room for optimism. Firstly, an anemic offense lacking playmakers lost most of their solid players for long spans of the season. Running back Mario Fannin went down, Wide Receiver Kendall Wright went down, and all-world Tight End Zach Ertz went down. Without those players, the offense just spiraled downhill. The upside is the addition of Carlos Hyde, a new Quarterback who can throw from the pocket accurately, and an improved Wide Receiver corps.
Defensively, the Colts have been incredibly strong given their lack of offensive assistance. The defense returns all of it's starters except for the safety position which lost Ward and welcoming in two new faces to provide depth in Josh Evans and Carlos Brown. The Colts lost one good safety and added two more safeties along with the entrenched starter Robert Lester. The biggest change defensively this off-season is the move from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 defense. The Colts feel that with up-and-coming stars linebacker Brick Baylor, outside linebackers Eli Harold and Fernando George, as well as first round pick from two years ago, Trae Waynes that if this offense can provide anything, the defense could win games or at least keep them in games.
The ultimate question will come down to how many games can the Colts win, what's the magic number that should save Sutton's job, and what are reasonable expectations for a team that hasn't won in seemingly forever? That's up for debate ultimately.
We will answer that question at the end of the article. However, the Colts' season last year and the uneventful conclusion showed us that the Colts still have a long way to go, that there's too much talent on this team to be this bad, and that changes need to be made after this season if they are not above 3-13. It also showed that despite their record, there is a lot of players on this team to be really, really excited about – especially on the defensive side of the ball. You can easily look at five or six different players on that side of the ball and say to yourself, “that guy can make the Pro Bowl in a couple of years.” and that is a LOT to be excited about in Indy. Stay tuned to see how the year plays out.
Well, you had to figure the Colts would try to be “players” in the Free Agent market. The Indianapolis Colts disappointed some who assumed that, but weren't entirely left out of the fireworks.
In years past, the Colts were known to be very aggressive in Free Agency and made some high profile offers. Offers that brought them players like TJ Ward at the Free Safety position. Landed a franchise Offensive Tackle on a lucrative, max offer to Luke Joeckel. And, made Tight End Zach Ertz one of the highest paid Tight Ends the GZL has ever seen. Those moves haven't necessarily translated into wins, but none of those moves were really busts, either. The team was constantly hampered by atrocious, inconsistent, and down right embarrassing play from the Quarterback position. It was almost like Pryor was trying to sabotage the rest of the team with some of his decisions. A new era in Indy has begun though and brought some new faces and some new schemes.
The first priority in Free Agency was to bring in some play makers, period. They have some talent already on offense with Kendall Wright, Zach Ertz, and Carlos Hyde, but they needed more and went out to get it. The biggest addition was at Wide Receiver where they brought in Edmond Gates. Gates is one of the fastest players in the entire GZL and has spent most of his career as a top option. In Indy, he will be 1B along with Kendall Wright that will provide newcomer Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with a heck of a speedy tandem. The idea behind bringing in Gates is simple. He'll allow other Wide Receivers to roam freely and hopefully open the middle of the field for Zach Ertz as well as open some more running lanes for Carlos Hyde. In the prior years, it was shut down Wright and play with eight in the box, making the running game very hard to get going.
Outside of the Gates, the obvious hole was at the Quarterback position. The Colts were rumored to have offered Matthew Stafford a two-year max contract offer which the Buffalo Bills eventually beat them out on. The Indianapolis Colts weren't frazzled as they always have a plan A and a plan B. Unfortunately for the organization, if the rumors were true, their plan A didn't pan out. All things considered, they saved themselves a lot of money and cap space for future years.
Those were the two big names this off-season that garnered a lot of attention and scuttlebutt. However, some other additions that could and will play dividends for the Colts were bringing in some veterans and darn good players in their defensive backfield. First was Carlos Brown. Brown is a very tall safety at 6'4 and while he's not a burner, he's fast enough with 87 speed and his overall ball skills and durability make him a welcomed addition to an already talented secondary. The second player they added was Cornerback Jose Bell. Bell was previously a starter at CB and will play the Dime position here with the Colts. He's a veteran with a lot of experience and still enough speed to keep up with most Corners. He probably only has a year or two left, but his experience and talent will work out very well with the Colts and chasing around slot Wide Receivers. The last addition was safety Josh Evans. Evans isn't quite the physical hitter or presence that Brown is, but he's much more athletic and shows the ability to force turnovers a bit more. They will both battle it out for the starting FS position, but the coaches in Indy like to have a lot of depth in the backfield and both will surely get a lot of playing time.
This was a weird draft for GM Jason Arnold. Due to personal circumstances the Colts were actually late on their draft pick and had to have it manually selected for them. Sitting at spot 1.08 and primed to grab a big time, immediate contributor you would find that hard to believe – but, it happened. The rumor on the street was the Colts were targeting Defensive End Joey Bosa for their transition back to a 4-3 defense, but that could never be confirmed by Colts officials. Either way, the Colts had what they consider to be a solid GZL draft and we will go into the details here:
Round 1 - QB Teddy Bridgewater
Round 2 – DT Adolphus Washington
Round 2 – OT Mason Weissmann
Round 3 – OT Parker Jones
Round 3 – WR Bruce Nakamura
Round 6 – WR Jake Hampton
Conclusion: Despite losing out on their first round draft pick, the Colts feel that they made out pretty well overall. Firstly, they were able to land a franchise Quarterback. Whether that is by design or not – they did it. The second round saw them fortify some areas that were needing be secured for the long term, defensive tackle and offensive tackle. Adolphus Washington is a plug and play guy that will start from day one and be a fantastic nose tackle. Mason Weissman was drafted for his good, not great athleticism and massive size. He pegs to be the left tackle this season after they surprisingly released incumbent starter Anthony Collins. Parker Jones is another massive offensive tackle. While not quite as big as Weissman he is more athletic and some think may be the better prospect long term. He'll get some work behind the scenes and be a rotational Offensive Tackle that plans to be the heir apparent at RT when Luke Joeckel either retires or his contract becomes too burdensome.
Outside of those picks, as we discussed – play makers was a big time need, especially at WR. Kendall Wright and Gates are both fantastic speedy Wrs, but neither is getting any younger. Bruce Nakamura is a good all around athlete that is pretty polished as a route runner and figures to be a career slot receiver. The team really likes sixth round pick Jake Hampton. Hampton is very raw and has suspect hands, but if he can correct that, he's going to top out as a 99 speed wide receiver that, at 5'10, will have plenty of height to at least make some plays. He figures to be a starter down the road. The Colts are still lacking that 6'3+ number one wide receiver, but they love the collection of speedsters they have assembled.
The offense has been working with the group of wide receivers and tight ends. That has been their primary focus, to get them in line with the new Quarterback. There has been extensive 7 on 7 drills, film study, and the players have taken it amongst themselves to work outside of the confines of the facility to get that chemistry down. In fact, Bridgewater reached out to each of his Wide Receivers and Tight Ends to get together to work on some timing. He has the work ethic to be a great one.
On the offensive line, the main focus has been in power blocking and pulling guards. The Colts want to really take some pressure off of their new Quarterback and the best way to do that is with an effective, power running attack. The Colts feel that Carlos Hyde has all of the tools to be an elite running back and will plan to feature him prominently while Bridgewater grows into a NFL QB. You will notice in the practices that offensive line spending a lot of time hitting the sleds and working on keeping a lower center of gravity and delivering punishing blocks. This team wants to toughen up in a big way and really get that running attack going.
The Colts defense has always been very good. With the transition to a new scheme, getting the audibles and play calls right has been a huge focus. Team captain, Brick Baylor has been spending a lot of time in the playbook and learning the ins and outs of the scheme. Another big thing this team has really had to adapt to and learn on the fly is how to line up properly. Defensive End Frank Cotton and defensive end Dominique Easley are switching sides on the defensive line as well. Getting both of them comfortable has been a big focus. The thinking here is that Easley can be a bit more of a pass rusher against the right tackles and that Frank Cotton, with his size and power, can seal off the edges on the other side against the run and keep the QB in the pocket effectively. The main way they have worked on this alignment and other issues that come with a new scheme is repetitions in 11 on 11 drills. Every practice you see them becoming more comfortable and we have said this a few times, they have the making of an elite defense.
While the defense has been good over the past few years, despite any sort of offensive help, forcing and creating turnovers has been a big focus. All of the defensive backs have spent extra time with the jugs machine working on their hands. Another way the Colts have tried to get their Defensive Backs comfortable with catching the ball and turning their head defending the deep patterns is by having them practice as both defensive backs and wide receivers. We have noticed in practice the Cbs and Safeties seem to be turning their heads, finding the ball, and more importantly looking comfortable while doing it. The hope is to create more interceptions while also limiting pass interference or illegal contact penalties.
Another area of focus that the defense lacked last season was pass rush. The Colts ran a 3-4 scheme and thus were forced to blitz a lot to create pressure. This season running a 4-3 scheme, the hope is to run less and less blitz packages and allow the defensive line to create pressure. This puts a lot of pressure on the front four to really come together quickly and interrupt a Quarterbacks rhythm. They have been able to establish this by working on their technique(swim moves, power moves, stunts, etc) and working overtime on the sleds as well. Keeping their bodies low and pushing the pocket is more important than elite edge rushing.
This is tough to gauge. The Colts are coming off of back to back 3-13 seasons, but many around the GZL feel there is more talent there. However, without Terrelle Pryor expectations have went up, unfortunately, all they are doing is adding a young, rookie QB to the mix and that often times can be a recipe for disaster. Another concern is the Colts relying on a rookie LT, and two rookie Wide Receivers to really shake up their passing game which can always be a challenge. The AFC South as a division has been at a crossroads for seemingly ever, which gives the fans a glimmer that perhaps they can challenge for the crown or at least exceed expectations. But, where do those begin? It's interesting to get GM Jason Arnold's response when asked that very question.
When the incumbent General Manager Jason Arnold was asked for his expectations he answered with this, “To win. To improve every game. Look, with a rookie Quarterback expectations are always tampered a little bit, but we have way too much talent on this team to only be winning three games in two straight seasons. But, as they say, you are what your record says you are. And, this year, I expect to be way above 3-13. I'm not going to put a number on that question because that's a media trap. What I will say is that we have an elite defense, the offense has more play makers on it than it has in recent years and as long as Teddy can play within his capabilities and not turn the ball over, we should surprise a few teams.”
That response doesn't entirely answer the question at hand. One can reasonably assume the Colts are targeting a bare minimum of six wins but, they could reasonably do way better then that if Teddy can be an improvement on a position that has held this team back for years, Quarterback. You would also have to look around the AFC South and see how the Colts have played them in the years past. Last season, the Colts went 2-0 against the Texans but, were swept by both the Titans and Jaguars. However, the Titans beat the Colts by a combined 6 points in their two losses and while not as competitive, the Jaguars' games were very close, as well. The thinking around the league is that the Titans have the most talent, but that the separation between the teams isn't that extreme. The biggest difference between all of the teams in the division and the Indianapolis Colts is the Quarterbacks other teams possess.
The Titans have Christopher Henderson whom has won a Superbowl and is considered to be one of the best in the business. The Jaguars have Tyler Bray and while his numbers have never matched his talent, he has all the arm talent in the world and has improved from his earlier playing days. And, while he hasn't really elevated the team to new heights, the Texans may have the best QB in the division in Kendall Irving. If the Colts are to compete for the division, Teddy will have to come along quickly and the team must allow the defense and Carlos Hyde to control the game.
For the sake of finishing this article, we'll set the official record prediction at 7-9. Not quite playoff worthy, but much better then previous years and with a new QB in town, a lot to be excited about.
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|Lions GM Steps Down|
Seems like just I just started in the GZL
After 6 Seasons in League 5 and half with the Lions.
I am officially Stepping away from the League and the Detroit Lions
As much as I've thought about what I would say,
I like to Thank GZL Staff
they gave me an opportunity to use my abilities,
and I seized that opportunity ... I thank him for that.
I can't leave without saying thanks
to all other great Owners here the GZL
It's been everything I thought it would be, and then some.
And it's hard to leave.
I want thank every Every Owner in our League
past present & Those who have past On
for Their Great Advice Over the years.
It time to let someone else run the Lions here in GZL
I played the Madden one way, the only way I knew how
as River boat Gambler.
as Frank Sinatra said I Did It My Way
Now time for some else take there vision of the Lions and run with it
again thank GZL Staff & Owners.
time for me talk a Break from GZL But like General Douglas MacArthur maybe I will return one day .
Thanks Guys It been Blast
Tom Riddell GZL-Lions GM.
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 11/28/2015)||Replies - 3 :: Views - 73|
|Redskins Vs Lions NFC Title Game thanks to Mariota Magic|
Ford Field Detroit MI,
The Lions will host the Washington Redskins Here ford Field
for The Right hoist the NFC Title Trophy and go to The Superbowl
But How got there was Mariota Magic
The Game Started Well for lions
as They Took a 7 Point Lead
when QB Matt Stafford Hitting A Streaking Byron Marshall
After that it was 17 Point Rush for packers with no answer from Detroit.
The lions offence was not working Held Scoreless Threw 2nd and 3rd QRTS
When Stafford was Knock out for the season with a Partially Torn PCL.
Enter Mr Magic Mariota
The Pack would have better off to keep Stafford in
As The Magic man had 2 times Before he beaten them
This was no Different as He Led them to Score
16 Points to take 20-17 Lead
But the Packers Came down the field undaunted in there Task
They Tie it up 20-20 but They left too much time on the clock
1:25 The lions started there Drive .
With a tipped passes Intro arms of Darvin Adams 25 yards.
They got to 50 yardline tick tick Time out
a with Quick passes & Runs by Mariota
The clock Continued to tick away on packers play-offs
till 1 second Left Dan Bailey Kicked his 3rd Field Goal
to Send Lions to The NFC Title Game .
20-23 Lions FINAL
The Game could End Of Stafford time In Detroit
As he will be placed on IR and he Free Agent this Off Season.
The Lions Now Head into NFC Title Game with Magic Man as the #1 QB
Brandon Weeden has been signed to back up Marcus Mariota
Till end of the season
Next Up The Redskins
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 11/23/2015)||Replies - 5 :: Views - 57|
|Lions Lose big to Gaints but hold on to 1 seed .|
Ford Field Detroit MI,
The Lions had bad day at the Office Getting smash by The Gaints
It was worse loss of the season a 62-14 Drubbing
But a Loss by Tampa Bay All Allows the Lions to keep the Top Seed
Get a a Bye week .
The Lions will Play lowest Seed Team Next in 2nd Round of the playoffs
Thaat could be Greenbay Washington or San Francisco
Who ever it is They Be playing a lions Team Short at CB Spot
Chase Minnifield was placed on IR This week after Dislocating an elbow
The Lions have Signed FS Dana Garcia To the Roster on 1 year deal
To add Depth going into the playoffs Next week.
as long as lions Keep Winning the Road to Super Bowl goes threw The Motor city
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 11/13/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 17|
|Lions Rush for 178 in Win in Greenbay|
Green Bay WI.
The Detroit Lions Wrap up The NFC North Division Last Week
But had Unfinished business with Greenbay
Wanting to Sweep the Division not losing to Single Team in there Divison.
They accomplished that feat in Comeback win in 4th Quater at Lambeau
Scoring 10 Points in final 5 mins to win 20-17
TE Eric Ebron Catches a Pass From Marcus Mariota
The Lions Game plan was simple Run the ball Stop The Run
They accomplished This Rushing for 178 will only Giving up 55
They also went with Short to Mid Range passing game
Marcus Mariota Was 11 out 25 for 142 1 INT 1 TD
He was also Sacked 3 Times.
In his 1st Start since WK 9 When They lossed to Seattle.
The Lions Now Play there Final Regular Season home Game WK 17
Vs the New York Giants
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 11/04/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 16|
|Lions Beat Titans Clinch NFC North Title|
Ford Field ,
The Lions Defence Held Titans Offence
to 9 Points Winning 26-9 Over Over Tennessee
Gaining Their 1st NFC North Title Under GM Riddell
The Offence kept to Ground but still threw a few passes
as the Offence Gained 325 In Total Offence
Key Stars where HB DeShawn James & Matt Fulcher
Comibing for 112 Yards Rushing with a Injury to Marcus Lattimore
Byron Marshal Playing The slot WR Had 61 Yards
Matthew Stafford was 11 of 17 For 184 and TD 120.7 QBR
Next up for The Lions a Trip to Greenbay
That is really Meaning less since lion wrapped up the north already
Stafford will Rest for the Play-offs and Marcus Mariota will get the start.
With The Win Vs the Titans The Lions Clinched the North Title.
The Lions have 3 Game lead on Packers
Even if They lost the next two Games GB Can't catch them for the Title.
As for Stafford He'll will be #2 QB during the game
Not playing Stafford Could cost the Lions home Field
advantage throughout the playoffs
With The Bucs and Rams only 1 Game behind
But They Lions don't want Risk Stafford to Injury
Vs GB Pass Rush .
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 10/29/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 25|
|Lions start slow in Indy but win still .|
The Lions Started Slow at the RCA Dome Falling behind 5-0 to Colts
Early the 1st Quarter But then Rally back to score 30 Unanswered Points
Stafford In The Huddle in 2nd Qrt
The defence Held the Colts to 279 Yards in Total
They also Caused 3 Turnovers as Held The lions in the game
For 25 Mins in the 1st half.
Finally Matt Stafford Hit a Streaking Marcus Lattimore on 46 yard Bomb
To Take the lead and The Lions never looked back
Lattimore Also Had 115 Yards on 25 Rushes
After #1 WR David Gettis Hurt in 2nd Quartet Darvin Adams
took over and 79 Yard Bomb From Stafford for 6
He ended the game 104 Yards on 4 Catches
Stafford threw Passes to 8 Different pass Catches
On his way to 291 Yards and 2 TD's
If The Lions Can win Next week at Home They'll Clinch the North
If they Tie or Packers Lose the North is Still Won
There rumour is the Lions may Sit Stafford
if They win the Division next week.
They'll let Rookie QB Marcus Mariota Finish the Season
Rest Stafford for the playoffs.
We very Proud of 1st 11 win Season in GZL Said the GM
But we have more to play for the home Stretch is in site
But we must keep running to Final Gun ..
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 10/21/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 14|
|Lions Roar Past Texas .|
The Strength of Great Defence Performance 4 INT
The Picks made my it Linebackers and Secondary
Lions now have 2nd 10 Win Season under GM Tom Riddell
Matt Stafford Threw for 263 +1 TD
On The Ground Lattimore & James Ran for 131 and TD Combined.
Giving the Lions Balance on what was once a Pass happy Team
Wideout David Gettis had 8 Catches for 105 Leading all Pass Catchers
will on Defence Khaseem Greene had 2 Sacks and Pick
LE Allen Bailey Got another Sack
He now at 12 and Leading the Sack Title Race by 1 Over The Bears
The Lions have 2 Game Lead on The Packers in Close NFC North .
Next up for the Lions a Trip to Lucus Oil Field to play the Colts.
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 10/15/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 20|
|HB Marcus Lattimore Runs for 200+ in close win over Vikings|
Ford Field Detroit MI,
HB Marcus Lattimore had his coming out party vs the Vikings at sold out ford Fied
He had 226 on 22 Rushes and 2 TD's
His longest gain came on 70 yard Ramble breaking tackles
This what Lions GM Tom Riddell Hope for when made the trade with The Jets
a back who take the Pressure off his young O-line and Ageing QB
an 10.27 avg gain Yards will eat a Clock said the Gm
The Vikings gave a real fight
where lucky to have won this one
Lattimore Smiles after breaking a 70 yard TD Run
It good thing Lattimore had good game cause stafford had bad one
Throwing 2 picks Getting sacked twice
Next up is trip to Houston for The Lions
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 10/11/2015)||Replies - 2 :: Views - 47|
|Lions hold Off Packers|
Ford Field The Lions won their Closest Game of the year a 31 28 Victor over Green bay
The Lions got up Early 10 Nothing in the 1st half
Only to See Packers QB Mike Glennon to Put up 28 Points and take lead with just 1 min left
But Lions can't move the ball The coaching Staff Remove the headsets
Thinking they've lost to very good packer Team
But as try to run out the clock instead of taking a knee the Pack run the ball
Gresham fumbles and Lions Recover
on next Snap Stafford is Sacked and Hurt and removed from the game
In Comes Mariota Who Throws a Quick Pass to TE Eric Ebron
he gets out of Bounds to stop the clock .
Mariota Then Hits 3rd Year WideOut Byron Marshall For TD
with 10 Seconds Left
Packers can't get into Field goal Range Clock Runs out .
Lions hold on
We got Very Lucky said Head coach Mike Martz
very lucky Indeed we had Ton Bump and Bruises
This Fight for NFC North is not Done
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 10/05/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 29|
|Lions sign Full Back|
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 09/10/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 19|
|Lions win in Chitown at a heavy Cost|
Soldier Field Chicago MI
The Lions Have Swept the bears and now 7 and 1
But the cost was heavy and maybe not worth it
The Lions QB Matthew Stafford with Bruised Shoulder 4 Weeks
They also Lost Starting FB Daryl Harvey for 4 weeks.
He went down with a Strained Shoulder
so now the lions have play Seattle then get there bye week
As always it was a very close game
Chicago look like had game one with 10 seconds left
Leading by 4 The Lions had a 4 down and 11
when Backup QB Marcus Mariota Threw a Hail Mary Pass
It was tipped Into waiting hands of back up WR Dwayne Baker
For Biggest Surprise Ending of this season so far
Giving the lions a 3 point win in game they should have lost
we got lucky and seahawk next week are not to be taken for granted.
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 09/09/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 22|
|Lions trade for Marcus Lattimore|
Allan Park MI,
the rumors are true
120 mins after the win over Saints
HB Lamar Miller was plane for NYC to under go a physical
The Lions Use there no trade Removal to send Miller Back to NY
where Miller was drafted
The lions also traded thier 1st and 4th round picks to The Jets
Coming to Detroit is Marcus Lattimore and 6th round pick
We like Thank Leamar for his Time in Detroit
But it time to turn the page with Marcus Said the GM
Lattimore will Ariive in Detroit Tomorrow at 8 am for His a physical
The Deal Still has to be approved by the league trade board.
The Lions GM Felt Lattimore was Upgrade over Miller as the move to make a playoff push
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 08/26/2015)||Replies - 6 :: Views - 90|
|Lions looking to Beef up Running game with Trade|
Allan Park MI,
Rumor GM Tom Riddell
Is calling around to some Teams to add a Running back
The Lions have been using a 3 Headed Monster for Ground game
But It's Said GM Riddell Is looking to back who be a game changer .
some who can break tackles and give long Runs .
When asked about it GM Riddell Had No Comment
they player where on they day off and no one was in Allen park to commit
The Lions play the Saints next week .
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 08/20/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 24|
|Lions hold off a good Bears Team to roll Record to 5.0|
Ford Field Detroit MI
The Lions move their Record to 5.0
With a hard Fought home win over the bears
The biggest Battle was Chicago Defence Line vs Lions O-lion
The Match of the day was DE Jadeveon Vs Lions Right Tackle Brandon Scherff
The two Battled all long with Clowney Getting to Stafford Twice
Had The lions gone pass heavy like years past this game would been a Bears Win
The Lions are more Balance under head coach Mike Martz
Running the ball for 127 Yards will Throwing for 340
The game went back and Forth till late 4th Quarter
When Lions came from Behind to get the Win .
on Two Field Goals
The lions did have pick 6 from CB Ray Turner
To help get the win but bears where a tough out
Next up for the Lions is a Visit From the Saints.
Can they go to 6 and 0
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 08/19/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 16|
|Lions Move to 4-0 Come home to Face Bears.|
The Lions won 4th Game in Row beating the vikings 30-17
Now they come home to face a Great bears to Team
This is our biggest Test Said Head Coach Mike Martz.
The bears have Balanced Attack and Very good front 8
The Front 4 is one of Best in all of GZL
We have game plan well said the head coach
The Lions will use Fan appreciation early to pack ford Field for this Game
A Win and Lions will keep 1st Place a Loss and could fall back as far as 3rd
Who ever wins this Game could win the NFC North
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 08/12/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 16|
|Lions 2-0 after close win in Dallas|
The Lions Beat a Very good Dallas cowboy Team 30-27 at AT&T Stadium
The Lions Where shutout in 1st Quarter but Scored 24 Unanswered in the 2nd Quarter
Matt Stafford and Offence counter parts Where clicking
But Dallas Continued to Press The Lions as HB Melvin Gordon ran for 90 yards and Two Scores including a 72 yard Romp.
But lions D Held Enough to Keep Him under 100 and Pick off Starting QB
Mark Sanchez Twice. Sacking 2 times as well
Next Up for the Road Warriors a Trip to Washington to face the 2-0 Redskins.
Game stats Below
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/29/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 14|
|Lions Send QB Hester to Seattle|
Allan Park MI,
GM Tom Riddell Has Sent QB Cameron Hester To Seattle
The QB Demanded a Trade after Losing the #2 in Detroit to Rookie Marcus Mariota
Hester was drafted by the Lions in 6th round in 2015
He was the #2 In Detroit for all 4 years
But lions where not thrilled with Performance in last year playoff loss.
Gm Riddell Starting Looking into other QB in this past years draft early after the playoff loss Quietly
When Mariota Slid to them 2nd round Hester Said He Knew his time in Detroit was close to the end.
Hester Said He Happy to be leaving
Felt the Lions did not give him a fair shot
"I worked my Tail off .
Just as About be the top Guy they Draft a QB .
I can't stand GM Riddell or this lousy Team Good Riddance to Detroit."
The Lions Sent a 5th Round Selection + Hester In Return Got Seattle's 2nd Round pick next year.
to Fill the void at 3rd String Spot the lions Brought in a familiar face
Deunta Bailey who was the 3rd String QB in 2015
The deal is for 4 year and is very cap Friendly in 1st two years.
It said the Lions where Trying Decide what to do with Matt Stafford Before Pulling the Trigger on this Trade
Matt is last year of his deal and it looks like The Lions will Franny tag Their starting QB Next year.
to Keep him around 1 more season.
The trade still has to be approved by The league
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/29/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 26|
|Lions win Home Opener.|
Field Field Detroit MI,
Matt Stafford Threw 4 TD to Lead the Lions to Win it's Home Opener
The Defense help the jags run game to 56 YArds
Each Defense also had 3 Turnovers But It was lions who Capitalized on them
Scoring 17 on Turnovers to The Jags 7.
The Lions Offence was much More Balanced Using pass and Run Equally
For mike martz Team this is unusual
The NFC North is off fast Start 3 of 4 Teams are 1-0
Next Up a Trip to Dallas to Face the 0-1 Cowboys
Stat Line Below.
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/23/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 17|
|Suh Retuning to Detroit to a Sell out Crowd|
Allen Park MI,
GM Tom Riddell was Peppered with Question About Suh Return to the Motorcity
He just another Visiting Player Said the GM to the Local Media
Where not Retiring his Jersery we have a 90 on our Team
Suh Is coming home who cares said GM Tom Riddell
Suh has said He thrilled to get out of Detroit to close Friends
Now he want Rip off matt Stafford head for his new Team and get a win for The Jags.
We Respect Suh Skilled said LT Jake Matthews But if I have my Way he way Stafford will not hit the ground once.
It's one our young Group thives on beating Bullys like Suh
GM Riddell has said He made the Right call last year when Traded Suh to the Seahawks for Two Mid Round picks & WR Darvin Adams
Adams is now starter in Detroit After Being the slot last year.
Players come and go and Suh had to go .
The game is a sell out
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/20/2015)||Replies - 4 :: Views - 69|
|Detroit 2019 Superbowl Bid|
A letter from Governor Rick rick Snyder to GZ League :
The City of Detroit The State Michigan. and the Detorit Lions are proud to announce there Bid for 2019 Greenzone Superbowl
with 2,500,000 hotels from throughout the region Detroit will Reach fans from Two two countries the US and Canada
with upgraded Ford Field as Host for main Game
Tunnel vision might just be a good thing for Lion's fans this upcoming season.
The MGM Grand is teaming up with the Detroit Lions to create a brand new experience for football fans.
"There's no other place in the NFL that provides you with that kind of access," says Wade Martin, the Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at the Lions.
The MGM Grand Tunnel club will provide exclusive access for up to 125 fans to spend time before and after the game. Allowing close access, fans can see from behind a glass wall the locker room doors.
From here they can watch all of their favorite players walk to and from the field.
Also added this year
Team Viewing Screen 1.55M
Fan Wall 1.55M
Interactive Kiosks 1.55M
Wireless Internet 25.55M
Medical Facility 210M
Ford Field is State of the art with these upgrades.
Super Bowl Boulevard: on Brush St Closed off for Superbowl week
Comerica Park and the new Detroit Red Wings arena now under construction downtown Host Events Pregame Events
World Largest Winter Carnaval to Held at Comerica Park
The Greenzone Experience to be held at New Redwings area in Downtown Detroit
The Hall of Fame & Awards banquet to Held at The Palace of Auburn Hills
Media Day at Ford Field
More info on Ford field can be found here
Thank you for your Attention to our Bid
we hope pick Detroit and Ford Field .
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/17/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 27|
|Lions win Last Preseaon game lose LB|
Detroit MI Ford Field
Lions won their final Preseason Over the Colts 20-7
Going 3 and 1 in the Pre-season.
They lost Backup Middle LB A.J. Klein for 9 Weeks with a Shoulder Injury
He'll be place on IR for Cap room Said GM Riddell
As lions where very close to sallary cap.
This put The lions 1 player short of League minimum roster requirements
They Lions GM Then Called Up Miami to Make a deal
The Lions Sent Dallas 5th Round Pick to the Phins
In Return the Lions add Phins 6th Round and MLB Lars Stevens
A 7th round pick by Miami this year.
This will give lions Some much need Cap room & Allow them to make League roster requirements
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/16/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 21|
|Marcus Mariota Wins backup Job in Detroit .|
Allan Park MI ,
The Lions have announce There top Draft Pick QB Marcus Mariota
Will Start the season as #2 QB after winning the Training camp Battle this preseason
We wanted to see what we had a At QB in Hester & Mariota
WK 1 Saw Mariotia as the starter
WK 2 Saw Herster as the starter
WK 3 Saw Herster as the starter
WK 4 Saw Mariotia as the starter
The personnel will Match Week 1 Starters for all Games.
We Run the two playbooks we used last year Jags & Colts.
We used Playbook use for WK 1 & 2
51 Run /Pass
55 % to HB1
GAME 1 IN SD Starter Mariota
Game Two @ Home to ATL Starter Hester
Totals 1st Two Games
Play book Week 3
61 Pass Run /Pass
50 to RB 1
Game 3 @ Bengals Hester Starting
Needed to see if eather QB Could run this Playbook
Both Failed IMO .
After 3 Games Stats
WK 4 Playbooks & Settings
61 Pass Run /Pass
45 to RB 1
Week 4 @home Vs The Colts Starter Mariota
Individual Stats: Lions
After 4 Games
Winner of #2 QB Job :Marcus Mariota
as you see stat wise he was head shoulders above Hester
Hester is now on the trade block for pick next year.
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/16/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 27|
|Lions Cut 2 Sign WR Baker & OG Warmack|
GM Thomas Riddell Made some Moves today after Preseason Game 1
Cutting LG Marcus Cannon & WR Sidney Harris for cap Room
Marcus and Sidey where on Bubble said Head coach Mike Martz
After checking the waver Wire and look at film Tom and I decided to make the change .
The Lions Then Signed The Following Players
WR Dwayne Baker 80 over 6FT 230 Age 27
LG Chance Warmack 6'3 320 81 Over age 27
Baker Gives lions another good Target with Speed Good Hands
in his 4 seasons in League Baker has 123 Catches for 2029 Yards and 9 TD
Warmack Gives lions another athletic Guard To back up his starters
In his 3 Seasons in the League Chance has 58 Pancakes and 1 Sack
More depth all ready Good O-line.
rumors are the Deals to be 5 year Range.
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/12/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 26|
|Indianapolis Colts Training Camp|
Season In Review
Well, when your team is picking picking third overall, the season obviously was a massive failure. The key is to break down why the season went so awry and how do the Colts fix their issues moving forward. The Colts finished with a record of 3-13, the exact same record as the season prior. This shows the Colts did not progress as expected and should put a ton of additional pressure on the coaches to either perform this next season; or changes could be made. So, what happened and where did it all go wrong?
The biggest and most troubling issue, was the same issue they had the season prior -- The Colts struggled to find a QB as Ryan Tannehill, whom they traded for, was eventually benched after struggling picking up the offense and turnovers, which is a recipe for disaster. Backup QB and former starter, Terrelle Pryor took over the position and while he struggled at times, improved a lot and cemented himself as the QB of the future. This up-tick in production and progression by Pryor eventually led to the trading of new QB Ryan Tannehill. While Pryor wasn't performing at a Pro Bowl level, he's only a second year QB and he improved in every statistical category that matters for a QB and gave the Colts' front office and coaching staff a lot of optimism about the future of the team under Pryor's control.
Unfortunately much like the QB position, both TJ Yeldon and Montee Ball struggled at HB. Their struggles and Montee Ball's injury led to some massive shake-up at the position. Yeldon was traded for a draft choice and Ball was not even offered a contract by the front office of the Colts. Sources in the organization tell us the front office doesn't think his price tag matches his production and while they would have liked to have kept him, it is better for both parties to move on.
The Colts ranked near dead last in total offense and defense, much to the frustration of their fanbase. Many around the league, especially in the organization feel their defensive talent is very strong. But, the constant struggles by the offense and the constant three and outs put the defense into very tough positions. Their defense falling below expectations will inevitably lead to more of a youth movement some sources around the league have indicated.
Offensively, the struggles are easy to identify and while they haven't ranked very well, they feel there is a lot of youth on that side of the ball and the offensively line will continue to gel. Last season, newcomer and highest paid OL in the league, Luke Joeckel struggled to protect the QBs at times. However, insiders say there is no reason for concern as a lot of the sacks came from poor QB play, not seeing the field properly, holding onto the ball way too long, and quite frankly, not knowing when to step up into the pocket or throw the ball away. Insiders have indicated Joeckel was incredibly frustrated when fans and local media began to question his signing and his talent level overall. He was quoted as saying, "I try not to read the media's stuff. But, it's frustrating when all the blame is seemingly being put onto me and I'm doing my job. I've been a Pro Bowler, an All-Pro, I know how to compete in this league, there's many more factors at play here." It was a seemingly subtle jab at the QB play, but who can blame him?
It will be interesting to see what changes the FO makes this off-season.
As always, the Colts found themselves in a very favorable position cap-wise and draft pick-wise. There was a lot of anticipation from the fanbase as to how they were going to approach the off-season and free agency period. Would they go in guns a'blazin' like years prior or would they take a more methodical approach and let people overbid and have their pick of the litter?
Well, the Colts played a much, much more conservative approach that hadn't been seen in recent years by them. They started off by releasing many veterans and fan favorites to clear cap space. ILB Navorro Bowman was shown the door. Shortly after that, OLB and Pro Bowler Lawrence Wilson was released, as well. Insider sources tell us that the Colts' focus was preparing for the future and big contracts that guys like Travis Murphy will need and since they're picking highly again, they will have to shell out big money to their draft picks.
On top of this, the Colts failed to even make a tender to HB Montee Ball. His production dropped mightily last season and he spent a lot of the year banged up and injured. Despite the hype around Ball, he has really never lived up to his billing as a top HB and the Colts weren't willing to overpay for his services. OG Walt Gamble whom the team liked, but not loved was offered a fairly lucrative contract and while Gamble is a nice player, he's not elite and Offensive Guard, in the teams' eyes, is a position you can "plug and play."
In fact, the Colts played it so conservative they didn't offer a single player in the match eligible phase or in the pre-draft blind bidding phase. There wasn't a single player that jumped out to them as a "must have."
In past Free Agency periods they have offered big time contracts to Luke Joeckel, Zach Ertz, and Antonio Allen. This quiet Free Agency period alarmed fans that the team wasn't serious about improving. However when questioned about this strategy GM Jason Arnold had this to say, "It's nice to be able to add contributors in Free Agency. You know what you're going to get a lot of the time, they have proven themselves. However, they usually have a lot of wear and tear on their tires; young elite players don't hit the open market. They are often times overpaid. And, you just never know personality wise how they will fit into the lockerroom and the politics behind the scenes is a big factor in winning football games. We feel that winning the draft is the best way to win the football games."
So, it seems the team really put more of an emphasis on the GZL draft, which is a smart strategy. Let's take a lot at how the draft panned out.
Like the season prior, the Colts fell in love with a player and despite having a high pick after trading DOWN(to 1.08), the day of the draft the Colts made a swap to move UP and grab their guy. Overall, here's the draft breakdown:
1.02 -- ILB Brick Baylor. Some were very surprised by this selection. Not because he isn't an elite prospect, but because there were two highly regarded WRs and CBs available. We did some digging and our sources indicated to us that while they did like the WR prospects, they like their four WRs of AJ Green, Kendall Wright, Jamie Linde, and Matthew Robins and the additional threat of Zach Ertz at TE. This was more of a selection to get an immediate contributor and fill a big, big hole.
1.18 -- OLB Fernando George. Another huge hole in the Colts' defense has been pass rushing. When you run a 3-4 defense you have two major needs. You need big, strong Defensive Linemen and Linebackers. The other thing you need is OLBs that can get off the snap and get to the QB. Lawrence Wilson was their only decent pass rusher and he was let go for more of a youth movement. George has elite athleticism and first step and fills another MAJOR need for the Colts' defense.
3.3 -- ILB Eli Harold. Continuing the movement towards a more physical, strong, big defense they selected perhaps their favorite prospect of the draft in Eli Harold. He was an OLB in college, so learning the new ILB position may be a tough learning curve for him, but Harold has it all. He has good speed, great strength, and elite size for the ILB position. The Colts found themselves pushed off the Line of Scrimmage one too many times last season -- he'll help fill that need. The Colts have traditionally done well with late round picks(Pryor, Farris, Rivers), they hope he will continue the trend.
3.15 -- CB Devon Harrison. Another later round pick the Colts' brass loves. He does not have great height at 5'9 but, what he does have is great speed, agility, acceleration, and great ball skills. He's the perfect Cornerback for the slot, to cover those shiftier, faster WRs. He won't typically be matched up on many 6'3 or taller types of WRs, so the height shouldn't be too big of a limiting factor. He'll end up as a 98 speed, 98 acceleration CB which isn't bad for a third round pick.
3.18 -- DT Jerome Parr. He's a prototypical Nose Tackle. He may be groomed to be a starter one day, his future is unknown. The staff loves his massive frame and natural strength, which is essential at the nose and in a 3-4 defense, period. This draft was all about acquiring big, nasty, strong defensive players and he's just another on that list. He'll be the immediate backup for encumbered starter Brandon Wood and could be a solid player if he's thrust into action immediately. He's just one of those solid, contributors that championship teams need, not everyone can be a 10M+ type of player.
6.03 -- HB Isiah Hamm. Hamm is one of the few more bruising type of HBs in the draft this year. The Colts wanted to be physical at the line of scrimmage and run the ball with power. They had went BPA all draft long, which is why they neglected the HB position all the way until the sixth round. Unfortunately, the skew did Hamm badly. He'll probably have a short career and be a third string Halfback with the Indianapolis Colts. I don't expect much to amount from this pick.
7.10 -- FB Derrick White. White is a guy that the Colts feel is a "gem" in the seventh round. Will he change the direction of this franchise and lead them to multiple titles? Of course not. However, he fits the mold of the team they want to build -- tough, hard-nosed. He's all of those and then some. He's already pegged to be the starting FB from day one and should fill that role nicely. Getting a seventh round starter is always a plus, irregardless of the position.
Post draft moves
*-- The biggest move the Colts made was trading a second round draft pick for HB Mario Fannin from Atlanta. Fannin's a veteran HB with a great career who has one or two great seasons left in him. Relatively cheap in terms of cost and has the potential to be a MVP type of HB. We usually frown on short term rental acquisitions, but Fannin is coming off of two 5.0+ YPC seasons and will be a great relief for QB Terrelle Pryor.
*-- Signed Cornerback Devin McCourty to a one year deal. McCourty is a veteran, top notch CB that shoudl have another solid year left in him. While not projected as a starter, he can help mentor the younger CBs and will battle Harrison for the nickel CB slot. At the very least, he'll give the Colts an additional year to develop Harrison before thrusting him into the fire.
*-- Signed HB Ryan Williams to a three year deal. Williams is similar to Fannin in the sense that he's a big bodied HB that has some wheels on him, too. Not quite as big or fast as Fannin but, plenty strong and definitely has the speed. He'll be the immediate backup to Fannin and with a strong showing, could end up the starter for the last two years on his contract. The Colts were very excited to see him in the FA pool. Williams has only had three seasons where he was given the "lions share" of the carries and he's averaging 4.59 YPC with two seasons of 4.7+ YPC. Injuries have held him back a bit, but as a backup he could flourish.
*-- The Colts also have signed Brian Hoyer to compete for the teams' backup QB position. No major move here, but just another body to compete for the backup position. Pryor is a scrambling QB, so there's always that additional risk for injury, so having a solid backup is important.
The Colts have entered training camp with their backs against the walls -- the same could be said for the coaches. When you're out here watching the guys practice and perform, you really get a sense of "us versus the world" mentality that these guys have. They are coming off of back to back 3-13 seasons and with a solid draft behind them and yet again, more talent added to the roster, there's a lot of competition going on to make this team better. While they're not being viewed very highly by the national media, some think this team could be a "sleeper" and finish around .500. The talent is quite evident when you watch them live.
On defense, the thing that stands out the most is the size and strength of these defensive players. The linebackers are averaging around 6'4 in height, are all very large and strong players and have some wheels on them, too. Investing so many draft picks into the Linebacker position should pay huge dividends for them.
The coaches are paying special focus to Terrelle Pryor. They are working on his footwork to make sure he isn't throwing off his back foot and the work seems to have paid off. Pryor appears much more accurate in his passes and has an increased "zip" on them, as well. Another thing the coaches have mentioned on more then one occasion is Pryor's hardwork in the classroom. He has spent countless hours watching footage of his worst plays. The coaches are breaking down what he did wrong on the play, what the defenses are doing to trick him, and how to notice that and counter it. We've noticed far few errant passes in 7 on 7's and significantly less turnovers. This has been a key all off-season --- LOWER The turnovers.
The Halfbacks have been focused on keeping their center of gravity low, breaking through arm tackles, and following blockers. These new HBs have a lot of speed, so the coaches are prioritizing playing with "pace" and knowing when and when NOT to turn on the jets.
The Wide Receivers and Tight Ends are practicing together. The Colts have more of an emphasis on pass catching TEs as opposed to the traditional blockers who can catch from time to time. This group doesn't get a lot of love nationally, but you can really see the talent, speed, and shiftiness this group has as a whole. Pryor does have some real, legit targets at his disposal.
The offensive line is working primarily on their run blocking. Last season, despite some rough stretches, the offensive line actually pass blocked fairly well all things considered. C Matt Smith, T Anthony Collins, and G Vadal Alexander all had strong, strong seasons. Where they didn't shine was in the run game. Whether it was TJ Yeldon or Montee Ball, they couldn't get anything going there. They are focused on staying low, playing with leverage, and finishing their blocks. Obviously, with that comes a lot of time in the weight room.
Defensively, the front 7 always practices together and the coaches have prioritized that. The front 7 rely on each other so much to do their own jobs successful, the coaches find this a valuable time. The defensive line has put all of their efforts into getting bigger, stronger, and more disciplined. Their jobs are to seal off the edges and take up as many blockers as possible for the Linbackers to do their jobs. At that position, we have three new starters in George, Baylor, and Harold. All are working on their ability to shed blockers and make tackles in the backfield. The ILBs inparticular have a drill where they meet the FB head on and have to shed him and make a stop on the HB. The OLBs are working on sealing edges against the run and their ability to sift through traffic on their pass rushes. George especially will be counted on to "get after it" and get them some sacks.
Like the front 7, the back 7 practices together as a group. The corners are working on their feet and finding the ball in the air. Defensive Coordinator Charles Woodson gets irrate when his defenders do not turn their heads to find the ball. To help with this, he has had the CBs playing WRs in certain situations to get used to "finding the ball" in the air. His philosophy is interceptions and deflections will naturally follow when you turn your head and play the ball in the air, instead of the WR. The safeties aren't let off the hook, either. He wants his guys able to cover WRs when they decide to blitz. To help with that, they spend about 40% of their practice time in one on one cover situations. No let up on these guys at all, high expectations from this group.
This season is very, very hard to predict for the Colts. They feel strongly the talent level and overall team speed has been increased dramatically. However, this game always comes back to the play of their Quarterback and Pryor is a giant unknown at this point in his career.
We predict strongly the Colts' offense and defense will not be ranked in the bottom 10. However, this game all comes back to turnovers and with a young QB, we do predict a lot of turnovers. So, while statistically they're going to be ranked higher, high turnovers can completely off-set any progression a team may have. We don't think it'll be that dramatic, however.
Coming off a 3-13 season, we mark the Colts' ceiling as 8-8 with their floor being 5-11. With some lucky breaks and a relatively healthy season, 9-7 is achievable. We do not predict a playoff appearance for the Colts, but were they to make it, it'd be an incredible story.
After Training Camp the depth chart is beginning to shake out and their should be some room for optimism, for sure.
QB: Terrelle Pryor | Brian Hoyer
HB: Mario Fannin | Ryan Williams
FB: Derrick White
WR1: AJ Green
WR2: Kendall Wright
WR3: Jamie Linde
TE: Zach Ertz
LT: Anthony Collins
LG: Lawrence Sanders
C: Matt Smith
RG: Vadal Alexander
RT: Luke Joeckel
LE: Frank Cotton
RE: Dominique Easley
DT: Brandon Wood
ILB1: Brick Baylor
ILB2: Eli Harold
ROLB: Junior Rivers
LOLB: Fernando George
CB1: Travis Murphy
CB2: Trae Waynes
CB3: Devin McCourty
CB4: Devon Harrison
FS: Antonio Allen
SS: Robert Lester
K: Santiago Gramatica
P: James Griffin
One goal we have head emphasized repeatedly by the coaching staff is to go 3-3 in the divisional games. A tough task as the last two seasons have been plagued by Colts-beatdowns, but the talent level is increasing and if Pryor can make strides, it's achievable. Both games versus the Jaguars are very winnable as Tyler Bray has turned the ball over a lot. The Titans and Houston Texans games are going to be very difficult to win as their teams have top notch Quarterbacks. This will be the games where the fans are just hoping the QBs get injured leading up to the games and give the Colts an outside shot to win.
To sum this all up, our official prediction is: 6-10.
|Forum Discussion (by J_Arnold on 07/09/2015)||Replies - 2 :: Views - 43|
|Marcus Mariota to start vs Chargers|
Allan Park MI
Head coach Mike Martz said the Lions will start Rookie QB Marcus Mariota vs The San Diego Chargers
The Lions want evaluate their 2 back up quarterbacks
Marcus will start Games 1 & 4
Let Cameron Hester have 2nd Half of those games
Will Hester starts games 2 & 3 Marcus will back up
Matt Stafford sits out the Preseason
We want to see what we have at # 2 QB Spot Said the head coach
We Know what we have in Matt so he take the Preseason off
The Rest of Team will play as new Team Learns to jell in 2019
We Very proud of men who Will Dawn the Honolulu blue and silver
Mariota said He's looking forward to Challenge of his 1st pro start
I have lot to learn but I been sitting with Matt and Learning the Ropes.
Lost in the shuffle is Cameron Hester who look to hang on to his job
There said be unrest and if Hester loses out to Mariota he want to be traded.
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/07/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 35|
|Lions 2019 Video Draft Recap.|
Lions 2019 Draft Recap Show
Though it would be 10 mins it 15 mins long lol
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/30/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 12|
|Mariota Motorcity Bound.|
Allan Park MI
Lions GM Tom Riddell did what said They'd Never do Draft a running QB
They Lions took QB Marcus Mariota with 22 Pick of the 2nd Round
The Lions Where Targeting a LB to Play ROLB
But Once all Targets where off the board
They made Deal with Miami for LB KJ Wright who Move to ROLB in Detroit
They sent next years 2nd round to Miami + Buffalo's 7th rounder
In Return Miami Send It's 7th Next year + LB Wright
So with Matt Stafford Contact Done after this year
The Lions Secured a Possible QB of the Future
It came down to Mariota or QB Brett Hundley
They Lions Decided that Mariota had more Value at this time
Even if GM is not huge Fan of Scramblers.
The Late Value was too good.
we Feel He'll be 84 to 87 Over Range.
He had depth to Strong Possession in Detroit
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/29/2015)||Replies - 4 :: Views - 75|
|Lions Draft Picks Tom Riddell Era where are they now|
Lions Draft History Tom Riddell Years 2013-2019
1st Pick where are they now Edition
Red = Has moved on
Sliver = Still in Detroit
In this edtion will look at Lions top Pick of each Draft
See where they are now
2014 :2.18WR Ronnie Lewis 5'7 185 89 over
Lewis is Speed Demon at the Time
The Lions Felt He'd Be impossible to stop in the slot
But he never really became the break our star they expected
He was traded to Tampa when The Team Had Change in offensive philosophy
He now on Trade block in Tampa but has become one fastest WR in the league but his size imo was his downfall .
2015: 3:26 DT T.J. Barnes 6'6 369 93 Over
Barnes is still with the lions
He top is their #1 defensive tackle
2016: 1.32 Josh Ware SS 6'3 222 98 Over
Since Being Drafted 3 years ago Ware has a Great fit in Detroit
Total Tackles so far 234 10 For a loss
2017 1.25 TE Eric Ebron 6'4 260 87 Over
Ebron is one few TE's who speed is +88 in the league
But he also become a very good Blocker in the run Game
Last year was his best year at a Pro 751 Yards on 39 Catches
7 TD 3 Drops 47 Pancakes not one sack
2018 :1.10 LT Brandon Scherff 6'5 320 88 Over
In His Rookie Seen Scherfee Gave up 1 Sack
although He did not win Rookie Pancake title
He was 2nd and I rather less sacks
This year I expect him contunue to grow
The Lions have always done well no matter where
They Drafted what Pick 2.20 Bring this year
Well have to see.
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/26/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 27|
|Lions Sign FS Spoto Miss out on Tackle Marshall .|
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/25/2015)||Replies - 5 :: Views - 66|
|Lions add Depth with Seattle Trade|
Allen Park MI.
The Lions sent a 6th round pick to Seattle for 3 Depth Players
With The Lions low on Picks in Made Since to do this trade.
The Lions send 6.01 to Seahawks
In Return They add 3 Cheep Depth Players
SS Duke Williams
ROLB Warren Genovese
C Dirk Walker
this fills up some depth holes on the Lions for 2019
We don't many picks this year Said the Lions GM
Since where not trading Futures this year
we have to careful with picks .
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/21/2015)||Replies - 2 :: Views - 40|
|Lions GM Blowing smoke at Media|
Allen Park MI.
Lions GM Tom Riddell Said Team would not take part in 1st round of FA
He was blowing smoke
Early Today The Lions made bid on Jets FA MLB Alec Ogletree
The Lions have Very good MLB in Martez Wilson
why would they be going after another are they going to a 3-4?
Is wilson about to Traded or Cut ?
We ask GM Riddell about He's said He has no comment on players in FA at this time.
but said 1st Round FA Bidding is costly and price on players is very high
Plus the Team the player was on can match
so no guarantee Any player will change hands on Saturday .
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/19/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 21|
|Lions Training Camp Report-2019 Edtion|
The 2018 Lions Returned to playoffs as wildcard but father time is not kind to Football players
Changes are coming in Detroit and GM Tom Riddell Said He's hates it.
as Said Last year Johnson time in Detroit would be short
Now it has ended Now Lions look ahead with Total rebuild in next The 3 seasons.
The-Off Season :
The 1st Person out the door was DC Rob Ryan for 2nd year in Row the Lions changed DC
Signing Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell
Then The Cuts started as Lions tried in Vane to Keep Johnson in Detroit.
The Following Players all cut or not resigned to make cap room
FS Dana Garcia
QB Ashton McIntyre
C Mike Pollak
LOLB Mychal Kendricks
But it was not enough so Lions tried to renegotiated Matt Stafford deal
But league rules you can only do it once and before GM Riddlel Took over Jason Arnold
Redid Stafford deal. Now Stafford will play last Season in Detroit this year.
Before giving way to new Starter Cameron Hester
so Since the lions could not renegotiated Matt Stafford deal
Johnson was cut at 9 am 6-18-2019
along with Johnson also Cut where
FB Rhett Ellison
LT Charles Brown
It was not all doom and gloom as David Gettis has resigned
for 3 more years.
The GM has also tried to trade DE Allen Bailey for some more draft picks
as the Rebuild in Detroit has started. But could not agree on deal with 2 Teams. Plus with cuts where over the Trade Cap.
The Chopping Block Team cuts
TRADES Wheeling and dealing Time
CB Demario Mitchell & RG Thunder Brooks to SF for 5th and 6th round picks.
Roy Helu & 7th round pick to Dallas for HB bruising Matt Fulcher
Lions 4th Round pick to Buffalo for LG Desmond McDaniels + Bills 7th Round
Lions send there 6th Round pick SF for FB Daryl Harvey
Lions send SF Pick 6:01 to Seattle for SS Duke Williams ROLB Warren Genovese C Dirk Walker
Lions Send next year 2nd and Buffalo's 7th round to Miami
For MLB K.J. Wright and a 7th next year.
Lions send 5.21 and Future 3rd To Dallas
For 4.1 and Future 5th .
Pre Draft Depth Chart
|Detroit Lions Depth Chart - 2019|
|WR||Darvin Adams #17||Byron Marshall #11||Sidney Harris #12|
|TE||Eric Ebron #85||Daryl Harvey #40*||Jojo Tatum #88|
|LT||Jake Matthews #72||Jackson Smith #66|
|LG||Alvin Bailey #73||Marcus Cannon #63|
|C||Braxston Cave #68||Dirk Walker #65|
|RG||Desmond McDaniels #76 *||Moses Blanff #64(R)|
|RT||Brandon Scherff #71||Ed Carter #69|
|WR||David Gettis #84||Eric Ebron #85||Erich Carey #10|
|QB||Marcus Mariota #8 * (R)||Cameron Hester #18||Matthew Stafford #9|
|FB||Daryl Harvey #40*||Jojo Tatum #88|
|HB||Lamar Miller #44||Matt Fulcher #45||DeShawn James #28 (3rd Down back)|
|Base 4-3 Defense|
|LDE||Allen Bailey #97||Nathan Cartwright #93 (R)|
|LDT||Terrell McClain #95||Logan Havelock #90|
|RDT||T.J. Barnes #99||Dudley Bryant #98|
|RDE||Logan Havelock #90||Cam Johnson #94|
|WLB||K.J. Wright #59 *||Benjamin Yambo #57|
|MLB||Martez Wilson #50||A.J. Klein #51|
|SLB||Khaseem Greene #52||Warren Genovese #55|
|CB||Ray Turner #30||Chase Minnifield #43 (NB)||Daryl Zimmerman #39|
|SS||Josh Ware #29||Duke Williams #20|
|FS||Bud Cochran #42||Bob Spoto #47|
|CB||Brandon Boykin #27||Zion Wright #49||Bob Spoto #47|
|K||Dan Bailey #2|
|P||Ryan Allen #5|
|H||Cameron Hester #18|
|PR||DeShawn James #28||Zion Wright #49||Matt Fulcher #34|
|KR||DeShawn James #28||Zion Wright #49||Matt Fulcher #34|
|LS||Dirk Walker #65|
|Lions cut Two More.|
Allen Park MI.
GM Tom Riddell has swung the axe two more times
Cutting FB Rhett Ellison& LT Charles Brown
Ellison Came to Detroit Via Trade Played TE/FB
But with Ebron Drafted in 1st round and Jojo Tatum in the 3rd Round
Plus his Huge Contact The Lions had to part ways with him
Brown was FA signing in 2016 and Played G & T for lions
but with Youth Movement on the 0-Lion his Time was numbered.
The Lions now Wait for Trade for DE Allen Bailey
as they Require draft picks to start Huge Rebuild
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|End of a Era in Detroit Lions Cut Megatron.|
Allen Park MI.
It a Sad Day at here The Lion cut WR Calvin Johnson today
The Lions need cap Room to Resign David Gettis .
as the Exe Fell on Future GZL Hall of Famer
end of era in Detroit Calvin johnson will play for someone else this year
We had no one worth Renegotiated with big enough Number to Keep Megaton
My Main goal here was allow him say a Lion till he retired
Johnson. is Icon in Detroit and I told him how much it hurt me to this
said the Gm
This hardest cut for me to make ever .
But Right now David Gettis gives us more upside then megaton.
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|Lions trade with Bills|
Allen Park MI.
The Lions have Traded for OG Desmond McDaniels
The deal with Buffalo Sent Tampa's 4th Round pick to Buffalo
The lions got 7th Round back as part of the Trade
We loved his Feet Said GM Riddell
He'll be Moved to RG and compete for a starting Spot "
The Lions Have decided not to resign RG Logan Mankins
We decided to go Younger on O-line Said the GM
We feel It the Right Direction for out Team
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/17/2015)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 20|
|Lions Renegotiated Stafford Contact Resign Gettis|
Allen Park MI.
Lions QB Matthew Stafford contract has renegotiated
The Lions Resigned there star QB to 3 year deal
The Deal is worth 46.45M /5.15 SB for 3 years
The Deal Frees up Much Needed Cap Space for the Lions
Who Use part of Money to Resign WR David Gettis
Gettis also signed for 3 years for 23.45M/SB 5.19M
We need these players to Finish there carriers here in Detroit
Said GM Tom Riddell Matt us help gain a ton of Cap Room.
The Lions now just under 4 Million in cap
They are not expected to be big players in Free agency this year
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/16/2015)||Replies - 2 :: Views - 46|
|Stafford could Holdout this year|
Allen Park MI.
Lions QB Matthew Stafford is threatening to Hold out of Camp.
if contract is not renegotiated
GM Tom Riddell has also made a threats to Trade Stafford.
No one thinks he's bluffing Said Stafford
But GM Riddell continues to say he won't trade the QB
But He could Talk to his agent about the Contract
Riddell has quarterback Cameron Hester waiting in wings
Is it time for change in Detroit ?
Stafford hold most league Records in Passing Including
41273 Yards TD Passes 277 & completions 2812
But Matt is aging closer to regression
The Lions have been getting Hester Ready for 4 Seasons now
He' Feels he's ready and Angry his not got the top job
It Said Stafford is also upset about Johnson Bring move into #3 This year
However, there are several other elements that could make this dubious franchise uphold its reputation.
Johnson's future is unknown.
While the thought is that Johnson will be released Or moved to 3rd WR
IF Megaton is back in Detroit. it's hardly a slam dunk
said Free Press Reporter Dave Birkett,
an Other Question is How will either QB respond to Starting WR David Gettis & Darvin Adams
They Have taking some of Megaton's shine away as he struggled in OTA's
Changing a QB now could help as the offense transitions under coordinator Scott Linehan
Will Stafford Be Lion this year or could He Moved out for younger Blood a
It could just a move to help with a perceived hold out of the starting quarterback
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|Lions trade with Cowboys|
Allen Park MI.
The Lions have sent 2019 7th Round pick & Roy Helu To Dallas
For HB Matt Fulcher Pending He' is Resigned by Dallas as RFA.
The Lions where look for a power back To go with Starter Lamar Miller
& HB/KR Ace DeShawn James
Fulcher Future in Dallas was said to be very Tenuous
After Dallas Drafted Melvin Gordon in 2018 & has good depth behind him
it win win deal
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|Lions add some Fewell to the Defence|
Allen Pakt MI,
GM Tom Riddell & Head coach Scott Linehan Held a Press confrence
To Induce new DC Perry Fewell who takes over for the fired Rob Ryan
Fewell Come to Lions after Break from Football
His last Job was with Gaints
in 2014 Giants Where Team Went 10-6 they also Won a Super Bowl
He was released end of 2017 Season
The Lions are hoping He Build a the under achieving Deference in to a win top 5 Defense
Fewell Said " I've miss coaching it'ss in my blood and needed to come back and win another super bowl this time in Detroit"
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|Lions 1 and Done in Playoffs|
Allen Pakt MI,
The Lions Lost in OT To the Redskins in Washington
The Redskins took the lead late 4th Quarter with both Teams Starting QB Outs
The Lions HB DeShawn James Ran the Kick back to sendinh Game to OT
We Thought had shot but could not pull off the win Tied 20-20.
as Redskins James Mayes Take OT Kickoff back 99 Yards for Score
Both Teams played hard but the game ends 26-20 Redskins
There Still some Major Off Season Questions
Calvin Johnson where dose stand with Lions Offence
How do lions fix leaky Defense
who do lions resign and we do they let go
Is this GM Riddell Last Kick at the Cat ?
Will Find out this off-season
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|Question and Answers Round 2|
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|Taste of the Lions Awards|
The Lions Announced The Team Awards at Taste of Lions Event at ford Field
Here is a list of the Winners
Team MVP Mathew : Stafford QB
Stafford had another 4000 yard Plus season and 32 TD
Rookie of the Year :Brandon Scherff OT
was 2nd in Pancakes with 74 for Rookies O-line
only gave up only 1 sack all year
Offence Player of the year : Calvin Johnson WR
Calvin may have slowed down but he was still pain to Defences
Catching 105 Passes for 1373 yards and 5 TD's
Special Teams Player of the Year : DeShawn James HB/Returner
James was lions 3rd pick and was special Team Demon
On Kick Returns 77 for 1928 yards 2 TD an 25 Yards on Returns
Deference player of The year :Martez Wilson MLB
Willson was a Force on Defence
99 Tackles 4 INT's 1 Forced Fumble
Fantasy player of the year :David Gettis WR
David had 9 TD this year at #1 WR spot
also 99 Catches for 1397 yards
Comeback Player of the Year : Lamar Miller HB
Lamar has best season Since 2015
Rushing for 1388 yards on 320 Attemps
Scoring 7 Times on Ground
Including a 81 Yard run vs the 49ers.
Most Improved Player :Eric Ebron TE
Eric was Lions 1st round pick in 2017
This year he set personal Highs in Panacakes 47 no sacks
Catches yards and TD 39 for 751 Yards 7TD
Play of the year :CB Ray Turner
89 INT Return for 6
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|Lions send 3 to Probowl and make playoffs.|
Allen Pakt MI,
The Lions are in the playoffs
The Team also Announced they have 3 Pro Bowlers This year
QB Matt Stafford WR Calvin Johnson & David Gettis
Stafford Threw 550 Passes this year 312 where caught
Another 4,000 Yard Plus Season for Vet QB His 7th over 4,0000 yards
32 TD and 91.7 QBR
Stafford Complemented his Better Protection this year to his good year
"the 0-lions was fantastic and hope they keep it up in the playoffs."
Megatron Move into #2 WR Spot This year
The Future Hall of Fame WR Caught 105 Balls for 1374 yards 4 TD
Gettis Move into #1 WR Spot Catching 99 passes for 1397 yards 9 TD
Lions OC Charlie Weis Said the Team had better Balance this year
As they also rushed for 106 yards per avg per Game.
Allowing The New 0-lineman to T-off D-line players
The Hoggies where happy not always be Passing blocking
New Up a Trip to wild card Round and Visit to Washington.
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|Lions Sign Haloti Ngata to fix leaky run D|
Allen Park MI,
Haloti Ngata is a Detroit Lion
GM Riddell sign the veteran DT to veteran Deal 1M 500K
The Run Defense has been awful this season
They needed to try and fit it
In Order to clear Cap for the DT The lions Released FS Bob Spot & DT Dudley Bryant
The Lions are 27th in run Defense
it's the Lions hope Haloti Ngata can change that
GM Riddell could not reach for comment
Where told he was in Meeting with the coaching Staff.
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|Lions lose Starting safety in loss to Oakland.|
Ford Field Detroit MI,
Starting FS Bud Cochran Went down In Preseason loss to Oakland.
Cochran is Lost for half The Season due to a Dislocated elbow
This caused a chain-reaction as GM Riddell knew it might
The Lions then sent 3 Pink Slips out to 3 back up players
WR Chris Spires DT Rashard Rodgers DE Matt Kendall
The Lions then Sent Signed FS Dana Garcia to a 3 year deal
Next The Lions sent a Pats 5th Round pick to Houston
Coming to Detroit is DT Dudley Bryant
The lions Need to sign a Another good Saftey Due having young CB.
Next up is Game today vs Rams where Dana Garcia will play.
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|Lions to Start Backup Rest of Way after win in Tampa.|
Raymond James Stadium Tampa Florida the Detroit Lions defeated
a scrappy Buccaneers team 27 to 10
Johnson Moves up Field after a catch
As the Lions test it out new combinations on both the offense of an defense of lines. In his only half of football this preseason
Stafford completed 12 of 20 passes for hundred and 54 yards and one touchdown and one interception
The Lions ran the ball more than usual
handing the pigsinl off 26 times for 82 yards
next up for the Lions is a home game versus the Oakland Raiders
Most of the Key offense of starters will not play
Calvin Johnson Matthew Stafford Lamar Miller and David Gaddis will sit out the rest of the preseason
The Lions will now start backup QB Cameron Hester the rest of the preseason
the Lions will give the new starting offensive line a chance to learn and work as Team
Rookie Stand outs from The Tampa Game
Rookie DE Logan Havelock 2 Sacks
Rookie OT Brandon Scherff 3 Pancakes 1 Sack allowed
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|2018 Lions Draft Recap.|
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|Lions move up to get top Tackle in Draft.|
Allen Park Michigan,
Detroit Lions general manager Tom Riddell has sign 1 year extension
He'll be Lions GM threw 2019 Season.
He then traded Picks 1.31 3.5 and Future 1st to New England.
to move into top 10 and grab Iowa Tackle Brandon Scherff
Brandon won The outland Trophy as Collage Football best Lineman .
Should grade out to 83 or better over
GM Riddell Said Scherff will stay at LT For season or two
will he get use to GZL Game Speed
At 6'5 320 Pounds with very good Feet he should do well at LT.
He had 8 pancakes in Collage all start games no Sacks
The changes will be made on Right side
with vet Jake Matthews Make a Switch to some where on Right side.
The lions have improved there O-line with this moves
But with Young Defense is it enought
Most mocks had going in the top 10
Neal Wintermute Eagles the best OL available had him going #2
Keith Van Wagner cowboys saw him as the Top Lineman going #3 in there mock
G_Pearce Raiders had him top lineman going into the top 20
Nic St. Marie Seahawks had him as toplineman going 6th in his mock
Jason Arnold Colts had him as top lineman going to New England at 1.3
Stanley Mock (Giants) had him going again at 1.3
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|Indy's Offense just got a little bit better|
|With the close of open Free Agency period wrapping up, the Indianapolis Colts continued on their quest to upgrade their putrid offense from last season.
They have signed:
Zach Ertz who was the most coveted free agent Tight End, by far. And while not a Wide Receiver he's going to be a threat at the TE position and create mismatches.
WR Kevin Ogletree who is a little long in the tooth, but still sports tremendous speed, despite being 6'2. He will be a guy that can be dangerous on the outside or in the slot. He's just another weapon that has been added.
C Matt Smith is an excellent, young pass blocking Center. In a draft that features very, very little at the Center position, the Colts went out to get a guy who can be a solid, young starter. He won't be an all-pro, but he should be good enough and fills another void.
CB Chris Cook isn't an offensive player, obviously. But he's a 6'2 corner who still has 'good enough' speed and will be a big time asset in the nickel position. He brings more then just veteran leadership .. he's a pretty damn good cornerback at this point in his career.
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|Colts make another move; add a star|
|The Indianapolis Colts, just days after acquiring QB Ryan Tannehill have added a very viable piece to their rebuilding puzzle. They have added all-world WR AJ Green.
The Colts were almost handcuffed into having to select a WR at 1.06, but with AJ Green in the mix, their talent level at WR is suddenly looking very competitive. With AJ Green on the outside, you now have Kendall Wright and Jamie Linde adding a more speed, explosiveness dimension to a suddenly scary offense.
Don't forget they took a very big step into upgrading a mediocre OL with adding OT Luke Joekel in Free Agency.
The deal looks like this:
Where are the Colts targeting with the 26th pick in the draft? Common knowledge points to additional upgrades on the Offensive Line or Tight End position, but -- GM Jason Arnold loves defense and has made it clear he's eyeing another pass rusher to go with their very surprising and successful third round OLB Junior Rivers. Stay tuned.
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|Lions Trade WR|
Allen Park Michigan,
Detroit Lions general manager Tom Riddell has traded a receiver
but it's not who you expect the Lions have sent Emmanuel Sanders to the Eagles for halfback Roy Hulu
The Lions had come close to trading Calvin Johnson
They were getting very close to agreeing on an exit strategy with bus cook Megatrons agent .
But the Eagles Swooped to Keep Megatron in Honolulu blue and silver
the Lions needed a running back
after losing one in restricted free agency & cutting one earlier the in the off-season
Sanders was one they wanted to move all along .
Hulu is a good kick returner and a nice backup for the Lions
this allows Megatron to retire as a Lion.
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|Lions Land Star Top Linebacker|
Allen Park Michigan,
GM Thomas Riddell Reach into FA and Bag what he Came for
Bronco Linebacker Kaseem Green
Green was drafted
in the 14th pick of the second round of the 2014 draft
In his four years with the Broncos
He has 218 tackles 35 for loss 14 sacks and 24 deflections
GM Riddell was thrilled with Pickup
But it was huge cost 5 years 50M with 20M in Signing Bonus
He'll be just 29 at end of the contact in 5 seasons
Here the break down
Year 1 7.32M
Year 2 8.31M
Year 3 9.61M
year 4 11.29M
year 5 13.47M
"He was our target all along
we knew we needed to upgrade the line-backing corps this year
our defense was awful
Rob wanted this kid pretty bad
Where very Happy He agree to Term
Please don't expect any more spending from the Lions
this was it "
Lions will now concentrate on the draft
then finish the roster with cheap free agents
with is move the Lions also Cut the following Players
Victor Thompson OLB & OLB Greg Carroll
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|Indianapolis Colts Announce trade - Franchise QB added|
|In a shocking twist this already in this young off-season, the Terrelle Pryor experiment is cut short. The Colts were pursued by the Cincinnati Bengals to trade off franchise QB Ryan Tannehill.
The talks only took all of a few hours before the trade was finalized and sent to the league offices. It was approved today. The deal includes:
QB Ryan Tannehill
WR Jamie Linde
GM Jason Arnold had this to say, "I hate to give up on Terrelle Pryor or demote him. He was a guy we were thrilled to develop, but I felt like I was able to get Ryan Tannehill fairly cheap and he's more polished and gives us a better chance to win immediately."
What about Jamie Linde? "He's very quick, very quick. He'll make big contributions as a slot WR. We look for guys in the slot that are smaller, but quicker in and out of their cuts and he's that guy. This solidifies a gaping hole for us at WR. We already have Kendall Wright, now we need to obtain a bonafide number one WR to finish off this trio."
Shortly after the deal was done and solidified, the Colts announced that Terrelle Pryor was on the trade block. While not polished, he brings a lot to the table as he's very tall, strong, fast(88 speed), and has good arm strength to go along with it(92 THP). If a team is wanting a developmental QB that already has one year of seasoning and a ton of upside, they should field calls to the Indy Front Office.
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|Lions Facts Megatron & Stafford addition|
Welcome to Lions Facts Stafford & Megatron addition
The dynamic duo
Combined for more completions touchdowns and catches
than any other combo in league history
Stafford and Johnson are 2 of 10 players on the roster over 30
Johnson is 32 Stafford is 31
Johnson and Stafford make for 25% of the Lions cap Number
their combined salary is 25.44 million
Stafford also been sacked more than any other quarterback in GZL history at 160 times
HE also holds that passing touchdowns Record with 245
Stafford has also thrown the ball more than any other quarterback in GZL history with 4533 attempts
he also holds the record for completions with 2500
54 Games with at least 300 yards Passing
13 Games with 400 yards
1 Game with 500 yards
Has throw for 5000 yards more any QB in GZL History .
Hold League Recorded for Single season Passing 5786
He's Megatron what else is there to say
Johnson holds the career league in receiving yards at 12,331
Johnson also holds the receptions lead at 756
the second longest touchdown in GZL history was 93 yards thrown to Calvin Johnson
Johnson's also caught 93 touchdown passes good for second all-time
Johnson leads The league in all time drops with 79
Johnson leads in yards after catch 2484
53 100 yard Games Receiving
25 125 yard Games Receiving
10 200 Yard Games Receiving
Hold the single season Yards after Catch Record 527
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|Pt2 Question and Answers From Yesterday Question|
Allen Park Michigan,
Welcome to our first questions and answers press conference
our first question is from Anthony Fernandez of Tampa Bay
At this time we don't feel that we are not in a positioned to trade with the Buccaneers
we are rebuilding
they been known for taking high pics for their players
we wish to hang onto those Picks at this time
therefore have not had any contact that this particular team
Next question is from Oakland Raiders GM Garth Pearce
Thank you for your question let me address the first part of that
trading with the division rival is always double-edged sword
yes we did get great value for Jimmy who in final year of his deal.
To me it made no sense first keep a player that I know I wasn't Going able to re-sign
as I said in our first press conference
our first priority is re-signing David Gettis
since we have a ton of free agents next Season
someone had to go and since we got good value I am fine with it .
Now for the second part of your question
Calvin will play the slot & bit at $2 most likely this year
as we try to develop our young receivers
if his morale drops
yes he could be traded and I discussed that will Calvin
he is an icon in Detroit & it's very hard to trade icon
but as Suh found out not impossible
Even if it breaks my heart to do it.
Next question another Question from Anthony Fernandez of Tampa Bay
disappointment is a strong word
he was payed to put pressure up the middle
His stats show He was never very good at sacking the quarterback
but He was a very strong run Defender and good tackler
I would say he was just an average player in Detroit.
but that could change in Seattle where you'll get some excellent coaching
Next question Comes from the Jets Greg Wendel
Again thank you for your question let me respond
by saying we are going with a younger bunch of receivers
as we make the transition from the old guard
let me declare Detroit will always be pass 1st as long Matt is playing.
I do expect more out of Mr. Miller this season
we well addressed the running back spot via free agent or the draft
there will be games where we expect Mr. Miller or his new counterparts to do more.
our system we asked our Backs to get between 60 to 80 yards per game
so we keep people honest.
This season expect our backs to get 75 to 90 yards a game
Thank you all for your questions
we look forward to doing this after the preseason
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|Changing of the DT a look back|
Allen Park Michigan,
with with the Detroit Lions moving on From Suh
we thought we compare the first three years of Barnes vs Suh
Here are the Raw Stats
Their first year
Sacks Barnes 3 Suh 2
Tackles Barnes 40 Suh 35
Tackles for loss Barnes 5 Suh 2
Forced Fumbles Barnes 1 Suh 1
Sacks Barnes 2 Suh 3
Tackles Barnes 27 Suh 51
Tackles for loss Barnes 7 Suh 15
Forced Fumbles Barnes 0 Suh 0
Sacks Barnes 4 Suh 4
Tackles Barnes 34 Suh 36
Tackles for loss Barnes 2 Suh 7
Forced Fumbles Barnes 0 Suh 0
As you can see those that are very similar in their first three years
with a advantage to suh in years Two and three
Final Stat AGE Barnes 26 Suh 31
ESPN got Anonymous comments from inside the Lions locker room
Barmes will still be playing high Level
will is Suh is back sliding his way to old age home
Suh was a locker room cancer and the malcontent
we are grateful he is out of our locker room
he was not a team guy well TJ is
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|1.31 Will stay in Detroit for now|
ESPN has reported general manager Tom Riddell the following colleges Pro days.
Florida State Texas Fresno State Michigan State State
University of Central Florida
Louisiana State University Arizona University of Central Michigan
Duke and and Notre Dame
It is said that the Ford's private jet took off from a private airstrip near Detroit and is not been back in three days
The GM is scheduled to meet with the media tomorrow
When asked about this the Asst. general manager had no comment
Rumor also said that the Lions will stay at 1 31 and take the best player available
regardless of position
then come back in later rounds and address need
When asked about this earlier this week
the general manager had no comment
When ask if Lions could move up or back during the draft
That always a possibly
He then went into his office and locked the door
A Rumor is that Matthew Stafford has put his Michigan home on the market for 43.5 million
Are the Lions be walking away from Stafford after this season?
that question can only be answered at the end of this year
if general manager Tom Riddell's contract is renewed by him or the next GM
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|Lions questions and answers session with GM tomorrow PT 1|
Allen Park Michigan,
general manager of the Detroit Lions
Thomas Riddell has made another trait
His third of the off-season
Tomorrow afternoon at 1 PM Eastern December 18
I asked my fellow GM's to submit questions for the session
Please post your questions in this thread
and I will answer them tomorrow at 1 PM in the afternoon
thank you for participating in advance
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|Lions Trade with Atlanta|
Allen Park Michigan,
general manager of the Detroit Lions
Thomas Riddell has made another trait
His third of the off-season
On his way to Detroit is defensive tackle Terrel MacLean
also coming to Detroit is Kansas City's fifth-round selection
In return for the rights to MacLean
The Lions surrendered the Texans third-round pick 3.18
MacLean will be the number two defensive tackle in Detroit
behind new starter T.J Barnes
With Suh now in Seattle
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|Indianapolis Colts Finalize Trade, Grab 1.01|
|In a move to ensure the Indianapolis Colts get "their guy" they have moved from 1.02 to 1.01 by packaging 2.09 along with their selection.
This move may puzzle some as they had a chance to sit tight and still grab their guy, but some inside the Front Office in Indy felt that the Eagles had their man pegged the entire time.
GM Jason Arnold's comments, "Why not? We were sitting on three first rounders, four second rounders, and two third rounders. Why not make sure we get our man? I have no regrets."
With this move finalized and waiting league approval the Indianapolis Colts now have:
They have several assets they can use to rebuild this roster with depth and starting caliber talent. That was the plan all along as Arnold took over a bad Indy team without a single first or second round draft choice in last years' draft.
So? Who's the mystery man?
With the first overall selection, the Indianapolis Colts select, CB Trae Waynes from Michigan State.
This now gives the Colts an incredibly formidable and more importantly, young secondary. Their starting Cornerbacks are now Trae Waynes and Travis Murphy.
Behind them at safety they feature Antonio Allen and Robert Lester.
You can expect the Colts to put a lot time and energy into providing some support for QB Terrelle Pryor at either WR, OL, or TE with some of their additional selections.
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|Go west SUH go West|
Allen Park Michigan,
GM Thomas Riddell made hardest trade of his life today
sending a All star DT Adamukong Suh to to the Seattle Seahawks
along with the Texans fifth-round selection in this years draft
Coming back to Detroit are
Cincinnati's third-round selection i
Lions fourth-round selection
along with wide receiver Darvin Adams Via Hou Threw Sea.
Adam had to be told in min Flight
He'd been traded for 2nd time in 24hours
Adams will learn on Calvin Johnson & WR David Gettis
This Switch Between 2 3 and 4 WR this year.
GM Riddells Comments :
"It been tough Day trading Suh away said the GM
But Where happy with T.J. Barnes Development under SUH.
And Feel the Time is right for Him to Be #1 DT In Detroit
The paper work still has to be filed and Okay by GZL Head office
But's pretty much a done deal"
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|Lions trade CB Smith to bears|
Allan Park MI
Cornerback Jimmy Smith has been a stable in Detroit
but with the Lions next year having a ton of free agents
the team has decided to part ways with Jimmy
The Lions now have a first and two third-round picks
The Lions decided to take this trade
due to the fact they have have so many free agents next season
top priority for re-signing next year was not Jimmy
They rather get something for him
then losing next year for nothing
"We wish him luck in Chicago just not against us
in return the Lions picked up first and sixth round draft selections
plus developmental corner the Mariano Mitchell
Our top priority is re-signing receiver David Gettis
so this was a no-brainer taking Chicago's first and six round picks"
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|Morning Press conf 2 Johnson not moving yet .|
Allen Park Michigan,
general manager Thomas Riddell steps to the podium
we spoke with bus Cook all night
but were unable to come to a agreement on Calvin Johnson's no trade clause
We are now looking at moving DT Ndamukong Suh
we will not give them away even at the age of 32
but we well take a reasonable offer for the prized defensive tackle
I will be speaking to the Jaguars today
sending my regrets that we cannot consummate a trade
during the off-season
but hope we can get one done before the trade deadline
Well opening the entire roster for trade talks
thank you I will be taking questions at this time
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|Morning Press conf 1|
Allen Park Michigan,
the 11 AM press briefing by general manager, Thomas Riddell
was longer than usual
When asked about trade rumors regarding several key players
the general manager was very candid
we were up against the cap pretty hard
He said"we have to lighten the payroll
we are looking at all options including some of our veteran players"
When asked about quarterback Matthew Stafford
he said we looked at it but at this time we feel a trade isn't necessary
we are grooming his successor Cameron Hester
but feels he needs another year behind Stafford
so he has atleast one more year here.
When asked about Calvin Johnson & his possible trade the Jacksonville there is a possible trade in the works
but until Calvin removes his no trade clause
No movement can be made were talking to his agent Mr. Cook
I will make no further comment at this time next question
what is Ndamukong Suh status.
As for Suh offers have been made
but nothing satisfactory and unless it's the perfect offer
Suh will be back in Detroit for at least one more season
When asked about receiver Emmanuel Sanders and his comments on twitter about the lack of playing time last year and being disgruntled
I've spoken to his agent he is tradable but offers have been semt/
of if he stays his attitude need changes or he will ride the bench the entire season
when asked about the incoming green zone football draft
he had no comment saying it was too early to make any such comments about the draft
We don't even know anything about the draft class and therefore talking about it is moot
He then walked off the podium with reporters chasing them down the hall
If you like to ask a question to lions GM
Please post in this thread below and it be including the next press conference thread
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|Can changes be made in motor city or is GM Riddell finished.|
Calvin Johnson was drafted by the Detroit Lions with 2nd pick overall of 2007 Draft
He’s been a lion all his career until now with his skills dropping the Lions are set to move on without him
One problem Johnson is not ready to leave as a no trade clause
Johnson agent said he does not want to lead Detroit and hold steady on his right to void any trade
GM Thomas Riddell has Deal in place to Send Johnson to Jacksonville
But cannot act on it Till l Johnson Voids his no trade clause
As a result no deal can be made until the impasse has been rectified
Also on the block is defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh
But so far the GM is not ready to let go of his tackle for what he’s been offered
The Lions are hard against the cap
They needing money to resign players and get a few FA
In what could be the last Season of the Riddell regime in Detroit
Rumors are that of ford family is looking at bringing a cap specialist
I cannot comment on my future here in Detroit said the general manager
My job to get the lion’s ready this season and hope for another season
My only Regret is not winning super bowl with Stafford and Johnson
And having to move on with new players .
The the Lions do have a few good young player
Eric Ebron Bud Cochran Josh ware Ray Tuner
They are all coming into there Prime
We have a bright future in Detroit I would like to remain a part of it
but will have to see I cannot predict the future as I said
The Lions and GZL will still be here regardless of me being a part of it.
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|Rob Ryan Lands in Detroit as new DC|
After a Long search the lions have hired Gunther Cunninghams Replacement
Rob Ryan was Pick from 4 coaching candidates as the lions new DC
"New DC Rob was hired after being let go in San Diego "
His Skills to Bring Defense together are big plus said the GM
"The front and back must work as 1 or Nothing gets done"
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|Lions Training Camp 2018|
Changes are a foot in Detroit after making the Playoffs in 2016
2017 was a disappointment at 8-8
Fired was Dc Gunther Cunningham as Defense fell part
The Defense was 29th in the league overall changes need to be made.
Also it look like Calvin Johnson time in Detroit is close to an end.
Rumors are he's heading to the AFC south but those can't be confirmed
The Old Guard is being replace as new take over in the Motorcity
The-Off Season :
Fired Gunther Cunningham The Team DC was shown the door
No other changes taking place unless a coach is stolen
New DC Rob Ryan was hired after being let go in San Diego
His Skills to Bring Defense together are big plus said the GM
The front and back must work as 1 or Nothing gets done.
Calvin Johnson & Future 5th Sent to Jacksonville 2nd and Future 2nd.
Exclusive Resign & restructures:
The Lions had a difficult decisions to make
first they restructure quarterback Cameron Hester 5 years 20.2 4 million with 4.4 5 million in signing bonus
next defensive tackle TJ Barns got a new deal 5 years 28.27 million with 6.25 million in signing bonus
Signed Seven year extension right guard Alvin Bailey
the deal is said to be worth 20.80 million with signing bonus of 11.48 million
The team also resigned Free defensive tackle Allen Bailey
three years 17.3 9 million with 4.17 in signing bonus'
tight end Cameron Mameron Morrah
free safety Chris Clemons
defensive end Jabal Sherard
right tackle Taylor Lawan
running back Jamaal Charles
Victor Thompson ROLB
QB Jacqueez Jameson
Free Agent Signings & Trades :
Lions Send Offer to Denver FA Linebacker Khaseem Green 91 over
5 years 50 Million 20 Million SB
The lions have Never spent Much on Linebackers.
This had to change now will Denver Match it.
Lions trade CB Jimmy Smith to CHI
Coming to Lions CB Demario Mitchell Bears 1st & 6th round Picks
Ndamukong Suh 99 Over Age 31
WR Darvin Adams 84 Over age 28
Lions send :
Texans 3.18 to ATL
Falcons Send :
DT Terrell McClain 90 Over age 29
KC 5.27 to DET
Lions Send WR Emmanuel Sanders
Eaglles send HB Roy Helu
Lions send 5.30
KC send FS Bob Spoto He'll back up Pro Bowl FS Bud Cochran
Lions trade 1.31. 3.5 1st next year
For 1.10 and Future 5th From NE
Lions then Draft Brandon Scherff 83 over
The top tackle on there board.
Reason for trade is pass rush in NFC north is on of the toughest in the league
3.11 Via Tampa
Lions send 4.12 Future 3 and 4
Tamp Send 3.11 and Future 4th .
Lions the Take TE Jojo Tatum 6'3 240 Notre Dame 72 Over
He's a very good blocking TE and will be 3rd TE
The Lions use FB Rhett Elisson as 2nd TE
When Elison is in as the FB Spot Tatum will be the #2 TE
3.20 Vikings HB Deshawn James 5'10 199 Michigan 78 Over
We need a 3rd RB and KR
This kid was best KR in the Draft and a Threat to go
every time he touches the ball
Lions will add 10 Pounds Next year to him.
Biggest Steel of the Round OT Sherff.
Day two Picks
5.27 LE Logan Havelock 82 Over
6.13 OT Jackson Smith 69 Over
6.31 QB Ashton McIntyre 68 Over
7.10 WR Sidney Harris 73 Over
7.12 CB Zion Wright 72 Over
Biggest Steel of the Round DE Hacklock.
The lions will work on 1st Round Eric Ebron & 6 Round Pick Byron Marshall
Adding Speed To be both
Will on Defense working on SS Josh Ware & CB Ray Turner
Upcoming Season Predictions:
The Roster is Slowing Getting Younger as old Guard is Replaced by new
for the Record This is rebuilding year I expect a record around 9-7
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|Lions lose game and Ebron|
MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, NJ
The Lions where blown out by Giants 29-14
The Team just fell apart and could not move the ball
as Stafford Threw 3 Picks and Defence could not stop The Run
Worst of All Rookie TE Eric Ebron was lost with Torn shoulder
The Lions Sighed TE Owen Daniels to League Vet Contract .
He'l Replace Ebron on the Roster .
In other news the Lions Traded KR/PR WR Ronnie Lewis to the Bucs
along with 6th Round pick The Lions get 3 and 5th Back
We where not going to resign Lewis so this good deal for us
Said the game
as news on Other Injury Front Calvin Johnson maybe back this week
But that will Depend on Okay from lions DR's and League okay a GZQ Reqest
The Lions did get back RG Charles Brown
Next up for Lions the Vikings in the metrodome
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|Lions Honour Late GM of Giants|
Allan Park MI,
The Lions Play the Giants this week in NJ
Before the Game Owner Martha Ford and GM Tom Riddell Will Honor Former Giants GM Michael Stanco.
aka JP aka Maximum Capacity
We Know JP he had fiery Personality that sometimes rub people they wrong way Said the Lions GM
I Respected him and well Miss our Debates on on GZL Radio Every year
We thought we'd give The Giants a Wrestling belt to Honour JP Past as pro Wrestler
He was irreplaceable as Member of GZL community as Radio host Broadcaster and Policeman of League Rules
There where many a Time He point out something I missed
and Had to correct . He was foe but a Respected one.
Rest in Peace Dear sir rest in Peace
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|Lions wait for Johnson's Return|
Allan Park MI,
The Lions Play the Giants this week in NJ But will Megatron be there?
The Lions Lost the Future Hall Of Famer to Knee Bruse
4 Weeks ago vs the Vikings
Johnson lays on ford Field Turf durring the vikings game
He's been day to to day Ever Since and Club has Switch how they play
without him. GM Riddell Said it be hard but we know Calvin has only a few years left so we better get use to it now
There also been rumors Johnson is being shopped Quietly
GM Riddell said he has no comment on the rumors
We just want him back on Field Said the GM
"Calvin is still our #1 WR and he makes everyone else Better
We wait for his Return"
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|Lions make two roster Moves|
Allan Park MI,
The Lions are now on there by week But that not stop the Front Office from making some moves
The Lions Signed RG Ryan Lilja to Vet Min Contract 1 year
This was need when lions lost Charles Brown for 2 to 4 weeks with Strained pectoral
In Order to Signed the RG The Lions Cut OLB Benjamin Yambo
Who was on a 1 year deal . As much we hated Cutting Ben
We need depth on the 0-line
The Lions are still waiting for Megatrons Return
He has a Bruised shoulder Lions are hoping he's back for 11 Vs the Giants in NY
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 09/23/2014)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 17|
|What the Lions Ran the ball ?????|
Ford Field Detroit MI,
The Lions are now 5 -4 and After a Huge win vs AFC East Miami Dolphins
The Odd part is lions did this with more of Balanced attack
Running the Ball 37 Times for 133 Yards
The Lions are Know for Throwing what's this ???
GM Tom Riddell Said where not same Team without Megatron
so we had to Switch it up a bit
Lamar Miller Shown above Ran for 88 yards of 23 Carries
Jamaal Charles Chipped in for another 45
Mike Gillislee had 1 yard
The Lions also made a change in the Starting WR Core
Starting this week was Byron Marshall who made 7 catches for 98
Well David Gettis moved into 1 WR spot .
Catching 7 for 127 and Two Scores
The Lions now Enjoy a Bye Week before They play Big Blue in NYC
who are morning the Loss of Long time GM James Paronne
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 09/18/2014)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 26|
|Lions Lose to Vikings and Bears Lose Megatron|
Allan Park MI,
The Lions are 4 -4 and After Loses to Vikings and Bears
The Vikings Game had the Biggest Cost Megatron aka Calvin Johnson has Bruised shoulder
he is out two or more weeks
The bears Game Stafford threw 4 Picks two where for TD's
as Bears Push the lions into North Basement
Rookie TE Eric Ebron started out season as house unfire but has done little since opening games
We disappointed with last few games But it not a write off yet
Lions could trade Megatron Before the trade deadline if can't make the playoffs Said the gm
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 09/11/2014)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 24|
|Lions Acquire Mathis From Seahawks|
Allan Park MI,
The Lions are 0-2 and GM Riddell has made a Trade with Seattle
The Lions have Acquired Robert Mathis From SEA For a 4th Round Pick
The world Champs are also 0-2 and come to Detroit for the Home opener this week
We need a Spark Said the GM
Robert is Leader of Men and Will give our Team a great Boost
He was also Cheep Fix Costing under a Million for next 2 seasons.
The trade still has pass GZL Trade board.
He will play RDE for the Lions
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 08/01/2014)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 19|
|Charles in Charge !! Lions sign Jamal Charles|
Allan Park Mi,
Lions Lost RB Mike Gillislee for 3 to 5 Weeks with a Sprained Elbow
The Lions have Signed Jamal Charles to take his place
Charles will be #1 RB for last Preseason game vs The Saints
He will use Jersey #28
To make room for Running back the Lions have Released HB Kimbo Blute
Brute was a 4th Round draft pick but He had Problems in Starts in Preseason.
HB Lamar Miller & FB Rhett Ellison will back up Charles
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/18/2014)||Replies - 5 :: Views - 80|
|Lions starter will play 1 game in preseason.|
Allan Park Mi,
Lions Starting Offence will play 1st Preseason game and will sit
QB Stafford Wideouts Johnson & Gettis HB Miller will sit after 1st Preseason game
Rest of Lions will play all 4 games
QB Cameron Hester HB Mile Gillislee Wideouts lewis & Sanders will start games 2 3 and 4
We Want to Limit Injuries to our Offence Starters
We feel we got good Depth on Defence
so dose guys will play all 4 games
We need timming with new Players like Ebron and Blute and Thompson
If can we can make it threw the Preseason
then our Road to super bowl starts
Till then it a waiting game
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/14/2014)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 24|
|Lions signed 2|
Allen Park MI,
The Lions Have Been busy during 2nd Part of FA
Today the signed 2 FA RT Taylor Lewan of Michigan was the 1st to sign.
The 6'7 302 Right Tackle was draft by Panthers Durring 2013 Draft
Signing for 4 years
He could be Groomed to take over for Logan Mankins in 2 seasons.
The Lions also signed OLB Greg Carroll of Iowa
Drafted by Minnesota in the 4th Round of 2015 draft
The 6'1 248 Pound 25 year signed a 5 year deal.
Carroll was Cut my the Vikings This year.
With the Lions have a few in 2018
He could see a Starting Job in the near Future.
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|Lions Skue info 2017|
GM Riddell Released They following statement to the Detroit Media
We have reject the skew on HB Blute
we not thrilled with Results of carey or Thompson
But where happy with Thunders
Most of this class is depth and are Special Teams players.
Now we look a head to FA
you can download there skue Report here
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/06/2014)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 41|
|Lions 2017 Draft Video Draft Review|
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/03/2014)||Replies - 1 :: Views - 32|
|Offence Preseason Chart 2017|
Allen Park MI,
The Lions Have Publish The Preseason Depth on Offence.
|Lions get Ebron .|
Allen Park MI,
The Lions Drafted TE Eric Ebron from N. Carolina
GM Tom Riddell had wheel and deal his way up 1.25.
a Trade deal was agreed to with Arch Rival Greenbay
Got them 2.25
GM Riddell traded that to Hou Along with next year 1st
In Return they got 3rd next year and 1.25 Moving up 32 Spots
to Get The TE Fron North Carolina.
GM Riddell was blushing with Pride after the Pick was made.
"Ebron could become the Few t TE in League with 90 Speed
He the only 1 with 90 ACC
He can play Line up a TE or move into slot
His very athletic and top WR on our board gone
We pulled the Trigger "
Is it a Risk of course it is
But we did want risk a change the bengals would take him at 1.27 or 211
We thought Bengals might want him .
He could be fastest TE in GZL History in 3 years. and we have him for 5 years."
The Lions now don't pick till the 4th round.
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/01/2014)||Replies - 22 :: Views - 274|
|Lions Trade with Rival Packers to get into 2nd round|
Allen Park MI,
The Lions are are drafting in late 2nd round
a Trade deal was agreed to with Arch Rival Greenbay
GM Riddell had this to say about the Trade
"it was hard to find trading partner this year
The draft is loaded with Talent
No wants to trade out .
Unless The Cost was outrageous to us.
But with Time we found a deal we could live with
We thank Packers GM Kevin Mullendore
for his time to agree to a fair deal
now we hoping one top 10 Targets is there at 2.25"
Here the Deal Break Down
Lions send 4.15 / DET 2nd (Future DET)
Packers Send 2.25 / 6th (Future GB)
with next years 2nd and 3rd Gone
The Lions tough choices next season
But what else is new in Detroit
the deal is pending till GZL Trade committee signs off
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|Lions pre draft Depth Chart|
Lions 2017 Pre Draft depth chart was announced
|Lions sign CB Boykin|
Allen Park MI,
The Lions have come to a 4 year contract agreement with FA CB Brandon Boykin
The Deal was said to be worth 18M with 4 in Signing Bonus
The Former Charger will now Battle Chase Minnifield for nickle Job
"I'm happy to gain all this young Talent at CB " Said the GM
"We wanted to get young athletes in our Secondary
The Lions Secondary is now Complete
We look forward to Draft now "
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/27/2014)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 34|
|We've Been Every where man|
Allen Park MI,
The Lions Wrapped up a an Exhausting Off-season
Traveling to 26 Collages across the USA
Here a List of the Pro days a Member of Lions staff Attended
* GM Tom Riddell
Notre Dame #
Kent State #
Kansas State #
West Virginia #
University of Central Florida #
Appalach. St. #
Georgia Tech *
Wayne State *
San Diego. State #
Since lion are open drafting Every Pos with there two 4th round picks they look multiple players from WR to CB
The Only Post that seem safe are FB K and P
We have few player we feel will slide into the 4th Round said the GM
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|Lions get Ready for Draft|
Allen Park MI,
The Lions are not drafting till 4th Round due trades last year
They have made Effort to trade up into 3rd round with no Success
GM Riddell had this to say
"The Team will be looking for players that Fall into mid 4th round
It will be basicly best player Available this year
as we won't be trading are top picks next year .
This is Deep draft some players will fall to us in the 4th
Will have use draft Skew Protection on our top pick .
Since have no Major Needs well play it by ear.
We really like the class this year and Feel we'll get a Gem Late".
The Lions have 2 4th rounds 1 6th round and two 7th rounders.
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|Indianapolis Colts making a Splash|
Indianapolis, IN(AP) -- So far, GM Jason Arnold has not been taking things slowly at all. Including numerous trades, free agent offers, releasing of some veterans, and a big splash in FA. Optimism for the future is high in Indianapolis, but it will take time.
So far, the Colts have released two veteran offensive tackles in David Stewart and Tyson Clabo. Both were in the twilight's of their career and neither was looked at as a capable starter. The moves cleared up vital cap room that the Colts will need in rebuilding the roster.
As for the trade market for Indianapolis, well it has been fruitful, so far. They have completely revamped their defensive line. With a shift to the 3-4 defense coming up, the Colts had to make moves as none of the players on their roster now fit that mold.
The Colts have decided to part ways with long term defensive tackle.
Nick Fairley was moved for a future first rounder and young Nose Tackle Daniel McCullers.
Corey Liuget was involved in a deal to land them veteran Nose Tackle Brandon Woods, young ILB Shayne Skov, and a third round draft pick.
The Colts feel Dominique Easley is a star in the making.
Vinny Curry was moved for young DE Dominique Easley.
Courtney Upshaw was moved to Tampa Bay for a future second round draft pick and a third round draft selection in this years' draft.
The Colts were thrilled to land Gabe Jackson for virtually nothing.
A trade that has flown under the radar is the Colts sending two late round picks(5th and 6th Rounders) for LG Gabe Jackson whom they feel can be a long term answer at guard.
And lastly, the Colts sent a third round draft pick for another young DE in Frank Cotton.
This whirlwind of moves has allowed the Colts to set their 3-4 base DL at Frank Cotton(RE), Daniel McCullers/Brandon Wood(NT), and Dominique Easley(LE). The Colts feel very excited to get these young guys on the field together.
They aren't done yet. Rumors have it the Colts are closing in on a deal for Brandon Wood to solidify the future and add some additional draft choices. Right now, the Colts are loaded for the future draft featuring:
- 3 1st Round Selections
- 2 2nd Round Selections
and a deal is rumored to consist of another future 3rd rounder that would give them two of those, as well.
In the Free Agency period, GM Jason Arnold made a splash that he is accustomed to doing when faced with excess caps space. He, to the surprise of many(especially Jarius Byrd) made a big offer and landed young stud Free Safety Antonio Allen.
When asked about the move, Arnold said this, "Look, Byrd's a great player, one of the best FS's in the league. But, we're a team that's building for the future so, when I can acquire a top notch young player especially in a secondary that is primarily young up-and-coming stars, why not? All of these guys will begin to peak around the same time period and give us a formidable secondary."
And he may not be wrong. Who could complain about a secondary of Antonio Allen, Robert Lester, Desmond Trufant, and Travis Murphy?
This season coming up could be tough, but the Colts hope to build something special.
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|Lions sign 6 foot 4 Safety|
Allen Park MI,
Bud Cochran is on his way to Detroit
The lions Sent a Offer sheet to Falcons Strong Safety
Atlanta Choose not to match it
Cochran will use #42 in Detroit
GM Riddell had this to say in Press Confrence.
"We love his size But he'll make the switch to Free Safety for us
He also got a great Jump and good Over all athletic ability
We'll lose some AWR but He'll gain that back and more in a few seasons
We now have One best Young Safetie Combos in the league ."
At 6'4 Cochran is real Presents Moving to FS
To go along with 6'3 Josh Ware at SS and 6'2 CB Jimmy Smith
They also have Athletic Ray Turner who was 3rd in Defensive Rookie of the year voting last year.
"I am very Happy with Deal I got in Detroit"
Said Cochran from his home in Decatur Georgia
"We are going to be very good Secondary with time.
I took 42 as I was fan of Ronnie lot Growing up"
In Related news the Lions have Released FS Louis Delmas
The 7 year Vet was going into his last year of his deal
The Lions decided to Cut Louis lose due to Health Concerns
The Cut saves Detroit 3.5M
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|Lions sign FB|
Allen Park MI,
FB Rhett Ellison is on his way to Detroit
The lions Sent a Offer sheet to Buccaneer FB
Tampa Choose not to match it
GM Riddell Said this "we where hoping top FB in Draft would Drop to us
But since don't pick to 4th Round I did want risk not getting one
Rhett is one top Blocking FB in the league
He great Pass blocker and Catch out of backfield
A Must for us .
He should also help in run game as well
We want to be able to run 80 yards + per game.
Now where looking to move both 4th round picks for early 3rd.:
Rhett will get use to #40 in Detroit
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|Lions make moves in off-season push|
Allen Park MI,
Lions GM Tom Riddell has made a few changes
The lions back into the playoffs and won it's 1st round game
Before losing to rams
The Lions where looking to beef up it Secondary & The Right Tackle spots
Marcus Gilchrist was traded to Denver
Alvin Marshall was traded to Giants
The Lions then Traded for Logan Mankins Fixing the RT Spot
They did traded with Tampa and San Francisco adding two CB
CB Lions Chase Minnifield 4 & CB Prince Miller
They also have 2 signing sheets out as well
Next up is the Draft .
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|Lions send out 4 offer sheets|
Allen Park MI,
Lions GM Tom Riddell Place 4 FA Bids
2 Of Offer sheets are now locked in
The Lions wanted FS Antonio Allen From Cleveland'
They lost out on Bidding to colts
Detroit then went after ss Bud Cochran of Falcons using their Lock
They also made Bid on TE Aaron Hernandez of the Raiders
But where out bid by The bengals
The Lions did decided to bid FB Rhett Ellison of the Buccaneers
The bid is now locked in now
both Falcons and Buccaneers Have the right to match the offer sheets
If the lions get Both Players it change how they draft this year
The Lions where looking at FB in the draft
Them getting Elison would change that
Getting Cochran would mean end of louis Delmas time with the lions
Cochran would make pos move to FS from SS
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|Lions Defence 2017 Preseason|
Lions starting Defence 2017 Preseason depth chart was announced
CB1 Jimmy Smith
CB2 Ray Turner
NB Chase Minnifield (trade from SF)
DB Prince Milner (trade from TAMPA)
CB Curtis Marsh
FS Chris Clemons
SS Josh Ware
SS Shelton Atkinson
ROLB Brian Keith
MLB Martez Wilson
LOLB Brett Lewis
Mychal Kendricks LOLB
A.J. Klein MLB
Chris Smith ROLB Pos Change from LOLB
RDE Benjamin Yambo -Pos Change From OLB
RDT TJ Barnes
LDT Ndamukong Suh
RDE Alley Bailey
RDE Matt Kendall
DT Rashard Rodgers
LDE Dwayne Powell
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/17/2014)||Replies - 6 :: Views - 71|
|Lions after a Big Fish in FA|
Allen Park MI,
Lions GM Tom Riddell has Scouts Looking over Film
Checking out Teams Roster as Free Agency gets near
The Lions could use help on Defence But are looking for another WR ?
When ask about Curring Crop FA GM Riddell Said he could not talk about it
Due league Tampering Rules
"We will take hard look at FA but I Can't give any names at this time
But we will be players this year if the price is right
The lions will use GZQ to lock in Final Bid for player they want
but who is he only the GM Knows .
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/15/2014)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 28|
|Lions Extend Deals to 3 Players|
Allen Park MI,
Lions GM Tom Riddell has Extended RT Jake Mathews
The Deal is 7 years 48.36M/19.32M
The deal was agree to early this week and Signed today
The Lions Also Resigned RFA They are the Following
LB Benjamin Yambo 5y 12.16M/1.15M
Yambo will move to RDE This year
P Ryan Allan 6 years 14.59 M/1.02M
Allan has work leg Strength this year
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/14/2014)||Replies - 2 :: Views - 49|
|Lions send Offer sheets to Players in SD & KC|
Allen Park MI,
All the Detroit lions Tom Riddell Sent Offer Sheets 2 RFA
Lions sent Offer sheets to Chargers FA HB HB Ronny Lewis
Lewis would cost nothing and be depth at KR and HB .
They also sent offer to Chiefs TE Stephen Belantonio
Would cost the Lions a 4th Round pick but would start day 1
I guess where showing them the Money
Let see chiefs or Chargers Match the Offer Sheets Said the gm
We Really like this Players I love lewis coming out draft 3 seasons ago
but already Drafted a Player of his size
Belantoino has great Size and speed
His blocking needs some work but that what our coaches are for
Update: Word is they where out bid on both players
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|Farther Time Catching up with Megatron|
Allen Park MI,
Father Time Waits for no man not even Megatron
His 40 Time when Calvin came into the league was 4.35
This year 4.37 2 Seconds Slower
but it's proof Johnson Time as an Elite
Player is winding down
"We can be young for ever "Johnson told the Detroit Free Press
"But Last year we had Great Run and I am not done yet
We still have time to win a GZL Title Before I hang them up
I was always bigger and stronger than other kids his age
now these younger kids are starting to pass me"
Johnson is the most exciting
player the Detroit Lions have had since Sanders.
performing for a franchise that shows promise
but never wins the wins the big one
Megatron during an OTA practice,
was dropping multiple passes and
looking like a far cry from the receiver
who has dominated GZL cornerbacks
the past several seasons.
Coming off a pair of offseason surgeries,
you knew there might be a little bit of rust,
but Tuesday's minicamp session
showed that rust is long gone.
Yes Time is Running out for The Lions and Johnson
Father Time is unforgiving even to Megatron
But there some time left .
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/12/2014)||Replies - 2 :: Views - 63|
|Jake Matthews and Lions tentatively agree on extension|
Allen Park MI,
The Agent for Detroit lions LT Jake Matthews
Said His Client has new Deal that will Be signed Shortly
with the Lions
When ask about the deal the GM Said something in Works
But I will make no further comment
Mathews was drafted by Lions in 2013 Draft at RT
He was moved to Left Tackle Two seasons ago
Over his 4 seasons 288 Pancakes and only 14 Sacks
Jake Matthews of 20.57
The lions have ton Free Agents in 2018
Including LDE Allen Bailey
So this year they Must make run cause changes are coming in 2018.
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|Lions Coaching staff Remains intact|
Allen Park MI,
All the Detroit lions coaching staff will Return 2017 Seasons
Head Coach Scott Linehan said It tought see my staff move on
I was worried we lose 1
Coordinator Charlie Weis was thought shoe in for Head coach Job.
Charlie's Offence was #1 offence in GZL Last year
But he Returns to Detroit .
The lions decided to make no changers to playoff Team coaching staff.
Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham is on short Leach
If he defence dose not improve he could see the door next year.
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|Lions Off_seaon Report|
Allen Park MI,
Lions GM Tom Riddell Wanted to Beef up his OL with a Better RT
His Target was from word Champion seahawks
After 2 Attemps they Finally Got Logan Mankins
The lions are Greenzone Version Greatest show on Turf
Last year Shatting the single Total yards Passing Record by 625 yards
They Record now is 5786 The Main Reason this was possible
Having two WR Break 1800 Yards Receiving
1 WR Just Missing 1000 Yards by 1 Yard
But even Superman has Weakness
The Lions kryptonite was RT. Over the Pass 3 Seasons
they gave up more sacks there then anywhere else on the
This was GM Riddell Top priority this OffSeason Fix the RT
Logan Mankins is Mauler on the O-Line Know for his Quickness & Power
Makins is know for being a mean nasty guy
who get the Job done.
His presence alone should Give the lions O-Line
Nastier Feel this year
GM Riddell had this to say About getting Mankins
"we wanted Logan when found he was on the trade block
Our 1st Deal was reject by League for being too costly to club's Future
Even those did not a Agree I did Respect the League in this Matter
But I am still going explain my Side of an argument
We went back drawing board with Seattle and came to new agreement
He may play just this year but we Feel we can get 2 Seasons from Logan
It will allow us time to Find a Young Tackle in Next year draft to be air apparent to Makins "
The Lions had Alvin Marshall
who They thought was a tackle of Future
But he never panned out
"we did not want spend any more points on a kid
who's work Ethic was lacking !
so we traded him to Giants for 4th round pick "
They Also Cut RT John Greco who gave up 9 sacks last year
Sliding over to back up Logan will be Charles Brown
Brown was Signed during the playoff Run to Play RT
Also gone HB Matt Forte
"we'd like Thank Matt for his Service last year.
But it's time to turn the page.
Mike Gillislee who played well during playoffs will be #2 HB this year
We will acquire another cheep Back to Be 3rd on Depth chart
Later this year."
in Trade with Bucs CB Prince Miller Comes over
for 4th and 5th round picks Miller has speed GM Riddell Loves
But again buried on Bucs draft Chart Miller will have earn his keep
His work ethic in Tampa was lacking It won't be here or be unemployed
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|Season End with lost To Rams|
Allen Park MI,
The Lions lost Rams the NFC playoffs
The Teams was clicking till Probowl WR David Gettis was hurt .
The Team Lost it mojo and Starting QB Matt Stafford threw 6 Picks
Ronnie lewis had fill in #1WR Spot and could not get job
Done He complained stafford was over throwing him
He Demanded a Trade and spoke that stafford was not a great QB
Stafford Said not hard to over throw the Midget
Lewis is only 5'7 but is one faster WR in league
He was place on Detroit trade block
We like Ronnie said GM Tom riddell
But we'll try get a deal done Move to place he can start.
We Have Starting Widouts in Gettis and Johnson
We had Record Breaking pass offence and will continue that Path
3 WR over 1000 Yards
We Need to tighten up the pass Defence next year
Acquire another Quality CB add another pass Rusher.
Our Run Defence where very happy with
Next year out goal is win the North
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|Miller Returns to Practice For Lions|
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The Lions HB Lamar Miller Returned to Practice Today
He will be game time decision to play in 2nd Round of the NFC playoffs
Miller is Returning From Torn pectoral He got During the Bears Game.
The Lions Reached the playoffs by the skin of there Teeth
with a 10 win Season Getting the Number 6 and Final Wildcard
Round 1 the Lions Went to Tampa
They Beat a very good Tampa Team 45-28
as they Run the Playoff gauntlet
Next the NFC West Champion Rams
Who have 3rd Ranked offence and 8th best Defence
It's won't be easy for #1 Ranked offence to win this one
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 05/15/2014)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 19|
|Lions Recap Weeks 9 to 17 Where in just barley|
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The Lions are in Playoffs as 6th Seed after backing in after too Huge back to back losses
Backing in thanks to Seattle and NO wins
The Lions have 1 offence in league but Defence is awful vs the Pass
.WK 14 they Humbled the 49ers 51-24
WK 15 the Squeet out win vs Chicago 37-34
WK 16 The lose to Vkings 26-16
WK 17 They lose a Shoot in Philly 41-31
The Lions Have 1 & 2 WR in the league in Johnson and Gettis
Both with over 1800 yards
A Slot WR who miss 1000 yards by 1 Yard in Sanders.
Combined 30 TD Between the 3 WR's
A Record breaking passer in Matt Stafford
Missing 6,000 Passing mark by 214 yards
Finishing with 5786 Yards and 38 TD
But are missing RB Lamar Miller who day to day with a Torn pectoral
They praying miller can go Next week in the playoffs
The Lions will go Tampa next week
The Defence must show up for them to move on
They can't back into next round
We got very Lucky to be in Backing in
It was not our 1st choice
Choking the 2 last week weeks Said the GM
Needing help to get in
I am very Disappointed and expect our D Step up next Week
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|Stafford Breaks Passing Record Durring Loss to Vikings|
QB Matt Stafford Broke Single Season passing park held by Tony Romo today
But it not a good Day for the Lions as they lost the vikings by 9
Stafford Threw 4 picks and Lost Both Starting WR in 2nd QRT
Gettis was gone for Game and Johnson till the 4th QRT
Playing with Young backups AT wr of most of the game
vs a Good Vikings D Was too much and Lions folded like a Cheep Tent.
The lions hold Last Wildcard and must win next week or miss the playoffs
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 04/30/2014)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 17|
|Lions Upgrade 0-Line signing Brown|
Lions GM Tom Riddell Has signed OT Charles Brown
The Lions have Struggled at RT Spot all Season
The Signing of Brown is Seen as Upgrade over Current Starter John Greco
GM Riddell was ask why he signed the Vet Tackle
We Gave 9 sacks this year from RT Spot
The Rest of line has done fair Job .
We are making a playoff push and Charles is only 29
He is already a better fit for us and will only get better
The Deal is for 4 years.
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|GZL Passing Record to Fall Next Week|
Lions OC Charlie Wise Said He's Never Seen any Like it
QB Matt Stafford has pass nearly 600 Times for 5050 Yards 33 TD
Matt gas Been A Machine this year
Next Week at Home vs Vkings Stafford will Break the GZL Passing Record
All Matt Need is 112 Yards to Break it when Avg over 325 a Game.
Said Charlie wise
The Vikings have one the best Secondaries in GZL
so they won't make it easy for the Lions QN
A win and Bears Loss To Dallas will put the lions in 1st Place in North
A Loss and Stay in wild Card contention
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|Lions Recap Weeks 9 to 13|
Lions WR David Gettis is having his Best Season as a Pro .
He Has 84 Catches for 1349 Yards 8TD
Will Johnson is right behind him 86 Catches foo 1333 Yards and 10 TD
David was traded here Before the Start The Season.
The Lions sent Two high Round picks to The Panthers to get him
we needed another game breaker and he not disappointed Said OC Charlie Wise
From WK 9 and 10 Lions Offence was clicking winning both Games
24 14 over The Rival Vikings and then Spanking the Browns 54-14
Then GM Riddell Shuffel his line up in hopes of beating The Rival Packers
It backfired and Lions Lost 34-15 at Home
But the Coaching Staff has done wonders
The Lions then Had wins at home vs Ravens 32-2 and The Redskins 32-27
There in Hunt for playoffs and outside chance to catch the bears
The Problem is the NFC also 3 Teams in the Playoff hunt
The Seahawks Rams Cardinals all in the hunt with Falcons and Bucs from the NFC South also fighting for a Spot
It race to The Home Stretch
8 and 4 The Coaching Staff will be back in Detroit next year
so let get to the playoffs
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|Lions trade with Saints|
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GM Tom Riddell Made a Small Trade today
He Sent Sending TE John Phillips to The Saints
Coming to Detroit is TE Cameron Morrah
The Newest Lion TE Cameron Morrah
The Trade is minor one
The Lions want more offence Punch From The TE Possession
They do lose a great Blocker in Phillips
They Gain Speed and Catching In Return
He's a threat to score with the ball in his hands
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|Lions Cut DT Sign WR|
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Lions Cut DT Marcus Holyfield and Sign WR Byron Marshall
Holyfield was Trade her last year From Browns
Lost his Spot when Lions Return to 4-3 Defense this year
Marshall a Draft Pick 6 Round Pick of NYG was cut last week
He has Size Lions GM Tom Riddell loves and good speed
This past Draft The lions Drafted two WR
Chris Spires 6 Round & Jared Shannon In 5th Round
They 3 Young WR Mentored by Calvin Johnson.
They also traded for David Gettis from Panthers
Gettis Leads the League in Yardage 927 yards
He #2 in Catches with 57
Calvin Johnson is is 3rd is Yards and 4th in Catches
The Lions are top Passing offence in Greenzone
They are 4th Ranked Offence
Lion also got good news the Louis Delmas is back this week
Rumors are He's on trade block for 2nd round pick
Next up a Game with The Browns
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 03/12/2014)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 22|
|Lions Recap Weeks 5 to 8 Lions now in 2nd in the NFC North|
The Lions Have been on Hot Streak over past 4 weeks
Winning 4 in a Row Shooting Past the Vikings and Packers into 2nd Place
In the NFC North
Megatron has Big Day vs the Gaints WK8 10 Catches 174 Yards
Win Week 5 vs High Flying Falcons 37-30
Week 6 was the Bye Week
Win Week 7 vs the Steelers 30-14
Win Week 8 Vs The Giants 24-10
Team Facts :
The Lions are #1 Pass offence & #4 Scoring in the Greenzone after 8 Weeks
On Defense the Team is #7 vs Run Holding Teams to 100 Yards a game
next Off to Minnesota to face the Rival Vikings
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|Lions Recap weeks 1 to 4|
The Lions got off to Slow start Losing 3 of it 1st 4 games
Losing Week 1 to Bengals 38-19
Losing Week 2 to Greenbay 20-10
Losing Week 3 to Chicago 37-28
Before Beating Dallas 37-28
Losing two Division games have put in Hole going int ATL.
we must hope Chicago and green bay Stumble
Stafford is playing very well but we must keep him upright
We must hang on to ball The lions have dropped 11 passes This year
The Young Secondary has played well but has been burned .
by the big play
We must cut down on the big play
The Front 4 has been disappointing so far
with a lack of pass rush .
Going to WK 5 we play for good ATL Team
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|Lions lose not only 1st Weeks game my Starting FS|
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The Lions Not only Lost their opener to bengals 38-19
But what really hurt them was losing starting FS Louis Delmas for 9 Weeks
They have Signed FS Chris Clemons For 3 years 6.20M/1.29M
To make Room for The Signing The Lions have cut MLB Jason Williams
We need really did want make a cut this soon but this one had to be done
Said the GM
Since no cap hit is taken on this cut it was the right move.
We thank Jason for his brief time here in Detroit
Clemons will start vs GB as Lion play two Division games on Road
They could be 0-3 by the end of WK 3
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|Lions Opening day Depth Chart|
|Lions go 2 and 2 in Preseason|
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The Detroit lions went 2 and 2 In Preseason
Beating Oakland and Denver Losing to Dallas and Tampa Bay
GM Tom Riddell talked about Preseason
"We got threw the Preseason Injury Free
we were competitive in 3 of 4
The Defense I was very proud of Ray Tuner
He had Great game vs Dallas getting his 1st pick 6
He also had a tackle for loss
I knew I good one in Turner
My Faith so far as Been Proved right so far
His stats for the Preseason was 13 Tackles 1 for a Loss and TD on a INT.
Yes he going have some growing pains but He'll start as #2 CB
We also got Answer on O-Line
John Greco will start at RT
He'll be back up by Marcus Cannon
who comes over from Tampa Bay
Alvin Marshall will back up at all line Spots
We feel Alvin still needed some time to improve threw Progression.
we not given up on him but it still very raw
Our QB WR and HB Depth is very good
The Defense & Special Teams are very quick
They get to the Ball
we feel we have very good Team this year
I feel we could surprise a few people
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|Stafford and Johnson will Sit in Preseason opener vs Tampa|
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Gm Tom Riddell spoke to the Press today
Starting QB Matt Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson will not play this week Preseason Opener
"We decided to sit Matt and Calvin this week
where working with new Offence line and till we get kinks out they'll sit.
Cameron Hester will work with one's this week
Deunta Bailey will be his backup
David Gettis will replace Johnson will Emmanuel Sanders will be #2
Ronnie Louis will be slot
We wanted give You Young guys some playtime .
This seemed like the best time "
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|Lions Sign 3 FA|
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Gm Tom Riddell Signed 3 FA to Team
Coming to lions are :
DE Dwight Freeney on a year deal
Will start at RDE
He'll Line up Beside DT T.J. Barnes Ndamukong Suh and LDE Allen Bailey
This Give the lions a Strong Front 4 Behind very quick back end.
RB Matt Forte Claim off Waivers for 2 years
He be the 3rd down back and back up to starter Lamar Miller
also Signed was Undrafted FA LT Karl Farr for a 3 year deal
Lions also trade sending a 6th Round pick to seahawks
for FS Courtney Brown
|Lions Make waver claime of HB Forte from Titans|
The Lions made a waver Claim on Matt Forte
Tennessee cut the HB to make cap Room
The Lions hope To Claim the HB to Be thier down 3rd down HB
"It a Crap Shoot we could get him
Some else higher up the waver can scoop him up "said the GM
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 12/31/2013)||Replies - 4 :: Views - 56|
|Lions Preseason Depth Chart|
This is our Current draft Chart Before FA
We could add a player or two for now these Our the starters going into the Preseason.
|Lions Full Draft Recap 2016|
We Wanted to add 2 Starters in Secondary
We did that Picks 1.32 & 2.12
We wanted Depth at WR Got that picks 5.19 and 6.27
We also wanted to Get Depth on the D-Line
Picks 6.24 and 7.09
We wanted Depth on the O-Line
Picks 6.18 and 7.17
We also wanted a Power back
We also made two Cuts OLB Dwayne Hornsby DE Lavar Edwards
Both Looking for work now
We fell we had some nice young Depth if Skue works out
If not there cheep depth for a year or so
Here is my Video Recap :http://youtu.be/uwXNOA9i9Rc
I talk about Each pick in the video .
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|Lions 2016 Draft Recap day 1|
The Lions Wanted to Improve The Defense secondary
After Cutting players to get down to Camp there started the Rebuild
They Then added Josh Ware (84) From Duke
Not Fastest SS in The Draft but one Smartest and Best tacklers of 2016 Class He'll start from Day
The Lions then Gambled Trading with Chargers to move up
Future 2 (NE)
They moved up Take CB Ray Turner (81) From Clemson
Ray has good Speed hands will his awr and tackle need work
Lions will add 1 Speed to him camp this year make 94 SPeed
He'll play Nickle for his 1st Season
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|Lions Sign OC in FA|
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GM Riddell has reached into FA Pool
He signed his 1 and only Target
C Braxston Cave 6'3 303 Pound Center Drafted By Washington
We Like His size Said the GM
Now we have Battle Between 2 Young Centers durring Camp
C Matt Smith is very good Pass blocker but his Run Blocking Needs work
Bring in Mr Cave who better all around blocker give a chance to decided
where we'll be at Center for next 5 to 10 years
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|Lions Cut Rob Sims|
Rob Sims Days in Detroit are over
GM Riddell has cut the 32 Starting LG
The 32 year old was last year of contact with Lions
GM Riddell had this to say
We thank Rob for his Time here. but where changing here in Detroit.
The Deal would have paid him 5.24M and at 790K
it far cheep cost less to cut him
We felt with just this year left
we not be making offer next off season
so it was better to part ways now
We now have 17.26 in Cap now
We made Trade with Houston Alvin Bailey
He'll take over at RG and will Slide Donald Thomas to LG
Both those players are signed long Term
If we have problem with Blocking we have Jake Scott
He Can fill in at all 3 spots if we Need it
This gives us the cap to sign our draft picks
Then go after some depth in FA later "
It a gamble for GM considered as very eccentric and a Maverick
Well it pay off only time will Tell
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|Lions stay away from High Price Free Agents|
Lions GM Tom Riddell
has made an effort to Stay Away From 1st Round of Free Agency
This is due to over priced players and bidding wars
He Frowns on
We Learn our Lesson after Devon best
. I Rather Spend Money on Resigning our own players.
Go after Players who signed to Term Deals
via trade or draft
take less expansive FA later in Free Agency as Depth .
you have know where put your money
We Resign our MLB Starting have and due a hold out our Best CB
That Money well Spent well Now into Draft for Starters in draft then fill in our roster with FA
Why waist the Money
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|Busy day for lions|
Lions GM Tom Riddell has Busy today
The lions GM made two trades
1st deal was with Carolina Sending next year 1st and 4.32
In Return The Lions got WR David Gettis + 2017 5th round
Lions got RG Alvin Bailey from Texas for 3rd Round
He got a new 3 year deal.
HB Lamar Miller was going to get Franny tag next till CB Smith Held out
They use the Exclusive Resign to Resign MLB Martez Willson
to 28M 5 year deal with 3.66M SB
They also restructured the contract of HB Lamar Miller
This was cause CB Jimmy Smith is holding out .
The 7 year deal is worth 16.26M with 2.94 SB
The Lions now have one of the Fastest WR in GZL
Lewis 97 Speed after camp /Sanders 96 Speed /Geddis 94 /CJ 95
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 12/16/2013)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 26|
|Lions dancing the Draft board Shuffle|
Lions GM Tom Riddell has made an effort to move up and down the draft board this year
He traded down to from 1.9 to 1.20 added 2 3rds
He traded for early 3rd and then traded down with buffalo added two 6th rounds getting kC 3rd
HE traded two 6th rounders to Vikings for there 5th .
We decided where going all in durring this year draft .
We have a pick in every round
We we have multiple picks in round 6th and 7th
Here are lions Current Picks
2015 (1) Ravens 1.20
2015 (2) Jaguars 2.19
2015 Chiefs (3.17) Pending
2015 (4) Steelers 4.32
2015 (5) Vikings 6.29
2015 (6) Chiefs 6.17
2015 (6) Bears 6.18
2015 (6)Redskins 6.21 Pending
2015 (6) Texans 6.27 Pending
2015 (7) Lions 7.09
2015 (7) Chiefs 7.19
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|Lions Trade for Jefferson|
Lions GM Tom Riddell Completed a deal with Chiefs GM Tim Miller
The Lions Have Sent The colts 3rd Round To KC
in exchange The Get CB A.J. Jefferson + The Chiefs 6th and 7th Round Picks.
We had a Boat load of 3rd
This allows us Get two Players as round Flyers late
It make good Since to us.
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 12/12/2013)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 17|
|Lions make some Trades|
GM Tom Riddell Has Trade 9th pick the 1st Round to Baltimore
The Lion Drop Down to 20th pick of the Draft
They also Receive two 3rd Round picks 3.12 & 3.20
They Lions Sent Bears and Buccaneers 6 round picks and there 7th To Reacquire there 3rd round
The Pick the Giants got in Exchange for WR Hakeem Nicks
This gives the Lions 4 3rd Round picks + a 1st in the top 20
We did not feel any of top CB would be there
Our next Target should be in the top 20 Said GM Riddell
we got an offer out for a CB Right now with KC
Plus where looking bring in another WR Via Draft Trade or FA
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 12/12/2013)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 13|
|Lions finish hiring Coaching Staff with Special Teams coah|
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It's been busy day with Finally Coach Added to new Lions staff
Head coach Scott Linehan introduced His new Special Team coach Paul Ferraro
Ferraro started his GZL Coaching as Special Team coach in Denver
He was there was 3 seasons He then Join the staff with Bengals for 3 years
He now Joins the vet coaches of Lions
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 12/11/2013)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 7|
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Gunther Cunningham has been Rehired by New Head Coach Scott Linehan
He'll Return to his DC Job
It great to back.
Cunningham is a 47-year coaching veteran on the college and pro levels, including the past 35 seasons in the NFL & GZL.
He Joined what is very Vet heavy Staff with the Lions
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|Linehan hires is new OC|
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New Lions Head coach Scott Linehan introduced His new OC
Wise started his GZL Coaching with Chiefs
He then moved to Texas for 3 Season Winning 29 losing 19
He was Bengals when coaching staff was fired
He now comes over to Detroit
Where he was a Very Good QB In Matt Stafford & Future Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson
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|Lions find there head coach|
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Detroit Lions GM Tom Riddell has Hired his Head coach
He Hired Former Texans OC Scott Linehan
Scott Started his GZL coaching career as the Lions OC in 2010
The Lions former GM Jason Arnold Fired him in 2011
He was then hired by Steelers where he never had a losing season
Scott then Took his Talents to Houston last Season again
He has a Winning Record
He now Returns to Motown to be the head man in Detroit
We got a chance to ask him 3 question at the Pres Conference
He talks about Calvin Johnson
Scott Linehan on executing effectively
Linehan on spreading the wealth -
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 12/10/2013)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 26|
|Lions 2016 Training camp-Done.|
2015 Season over View
It was a bad year for Lions going 6-10
The Team Fired it Coaching Staff and Has decided to start over
The Team still has some very good Parts in place
QB Matt Stafford was pro Bowler Megatron leg the Team in catches and yards
But the Revamp O-Line was Failure till late in the season.
The 3-4 Defense Held it own Vs The pass Ranking 3rd overall
#2 Vs the Pass But The could not stop the run Ranking 1st vs the Run.
The Team Went 3 and 3 in one GZL Tough Divisions
2016 Offseason Acquisitions & Cuts
all the coaches fired Starting over
GM Tom Riddell thought it was best to start with Clean Slate.
He said to be Looking for offensive minded Head Coach
He'll pick his staff lions will stay 3-4 This year.
WR Davone Bess will be Leaving The Club after losing his Slot WR Spot
Amnesty will be used to end his days in Detroit
HB Aaron Brown lost his KR Job and Sat on Bench
Major Wright (SS) will be cut lose Cortland Finnegan will take his spot
Chris Houston ask to take a Pay Cut Refused.
Ricky Werner MLB just never paned out
2016 Coaching Staff
Draft Picks Before Trades
Lions send 1.9 to The Ravens for 1.20 /3.12/3.20
Gaints Send .3.9 to The Lions for 6.18/6.28 /7.9
Lions trade The colts 3rd (3.16) for CB AJ Jefferson picks 6.17 / 6.18
Lions send 3.20 (2016) 2nd 2017 3rd 2017 for 2.19 6.6 (2016) /2017 7th
Lions send NO 3rd round to Buffalo for KC 3.17 and 6,21 (wash)/6.27 Hou)
Lions send Tamp's 6th round & Saints 6th round for Jags 5th
Lions traded next 1st round and 4th From Steelers to Panthers
Paners send WR David Gettis 2017 5th round
Lions sent 3rd Pick to Texas for RG Alvin Bailey
Day 4 Lions trade 1.20 for 1.32 +2nd & 4 (2017)
Lions trade 2.19 for 2.32 and 3.25
2016 Position Battles
OC The Lions Matt Smith is 3rd And Final year of his deal
They signed a Braxston Cave to Battle for Starting OC
C Matt Smith is very good Pass blocker but his Run Blocking Needs work
Bring in Mr Cave who better all around blocker give a chance to decided
where we'll be at Center for next 5 to 10 years[/b][/size]
2016 Team outlook
Since we are Rebuilding 500 Would be good mark to shoot for
Starting again will be challenge in what I feel is Toughest Division in Football
But we Still have CJ and Stafford leading the charge
so only the Football gods know forsure
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|Stafford Makes Pro Bowl|
Lions QB Matt Stafford has once again made the GZL Pro Bowl
Despite Offence Line Problem this season
Stafford Threw the Pig Skin 512 Times Completing 288 of them
His Stats 4,157 Yards and 28 TD 89 .60 QB Rating
The Problem in Detroit was the O-Line
Letting the QB Get sacked 31 Times what not said is the Pressures
That causes the 14 INT This year
He did a Hell of A Job for Us Said GM Riddell
Next year I hope more lions are at the Probowl Not just Matt Stafford
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|Lions ready to make a Deal|
According to CB Jimmy Smith Agent
The Lions have Finalized a deal to Make The CB one Highest paid CB in GZL
The 6'2 211 CB Was Drafted 9th Over all in 2011 Draft
The Deal Said to Worth Around 50.00 Million Will be signed once the league opens up Contract Restructures
Smith had a very good Year despite playing on 6 win Team
70 Tackles 3 for a loss 1 forced Fumble and Recovery
He also had 5 Int's Taking 2 back to the House for Majors .
That Means The Following Players will be going into There Final contact year with Detroit
They Will be Free Agents next year at this time.:
Jonathan Wilhite CB
Benjamin Yambo ROLB
Steve MacMahon LG
Rob Sims LG
Matt Smith C
Cortland Finnegan CB
Ryan Allen P
Lamar Miller HB
Willie Scott FS
One will be saved by the Franny Tag but who will that be ?
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|The off-Season has started in Detroit|
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Lions GM Tom Riddell Has Long Off-season head
We Lions Weekly Spoke to The GM this week
1st The Lions must find new a new coaching staff
Coach Jim Schwartz and his Staff where fired after The 6 Wins season
" Yes We want to Go with Offence Minded head coach This time
Let him Pick Great OC and DC
We've Already started interviewing coaches"
Also The Lions Plan on Giving CB Jimmy Smith his long Term Deal
"we've been Talking to Jimmy Agents and Should wrap up talks shortly "
The Lions GM Also has informed WR Davone Bess
The Team will be using it's GZL Amnesty Clause on him
Bess was unhappy after he lost his Job as the slot WR
2nd Year Player and Draft pick Ronnie Lewis now is starting there.
"He asked us to find a way to release him from his deal
We've agree this how it will be done Bess is coming into his 3rd year of his 5 year deal"
The Lions are also trying to move Down in the GZL 1st round of the draft
"We like to move down 3 to 11 spots Max and get Draft chat Value for our picks "
This is Season of change for lions and GZL
Let hope it works out for both .
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|Lions Coaching Staff to Be Fired !!|
Allen Park MI,
Lions GM Tom Riddell Spoke Briefly to the Media after the end of the season
"It been a tough season we did get running till late in the season
and it cost us
so today Informed Coach Jim Schwartz and his Staff of there Faits
there contacts in Detroit will not be Renewed "
The Coach Schwartz Era in Detroit has come to an end
We've Decided to Bring a New Coaching Staff for Next season
This Team still has loads of Talent but I feel where missing something
It's my job to find out what it is .
It will not be an easy task over few months
But we hope to start with Coaches Draft in a few weeks.
The Lions will Start Interviewing Shortly
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 11/13/2013)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 22|
|Fan appreciation day successful Fan go home with Lions win|
It was fan Fan appreciation day at Ford Field
The Team did not disappoint Ruffing up the Rival Bears 37-16
The Lions use a balance attack run and passing
HB Lamar Miller was the game MVP
Rushing 155 on 32 carries of the rock
Including a 35 yard TD to Seal the game.
Matthew Stafford was almost perfect tossing the pigskin
He was 20 of 26 for 240 Yards + a TD
So a convincing victory over a Chicago team
It was a step in the right direction.for a lions Team learning to use it new players
The lions are finally Turning the corner with 3-4 Defence
They are #6 in total Defence and Rank #6 vs the Pass
Next up is Jacksonvile
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|Keeping Stafford Clean A Video|
In this Video we Talk about how we've fixed out blocking Issues
This problems we talked about on hard knocks this year
Here a Video on how we address the Problems
Getting us two Key Division wins
Video Link : http://youtu.be/cJZlBxowVOk
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 09/24/2013)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 44|
|Lions Talking Resigning with CB Smith ?|
According to CB Jimmy Smith Agent
The Lions have stared talks Extend his contact in Detroit
Starting Next year.
The 6'2 211 CB Was Drafted 9th Over all in 2011 Draft
GM Riddell did not confirm or deny talks are talking place
"Jimmy is Special Player from Day He walked in to Allan Park
He went from being a Nickle CB to our top CB very Quickly
6'2 CB with his Skill sets don't Grow on Trees
we had Offer on him in past and Always Turned them Down"
The Lions are Very close to getting 1st pick over all next year
we may be able to bring him some help at the draft.
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|Lions Acquire Wideout Hakeem Nicks|
Lions Acquire Wide out Hakeem Nicks for 3rd Round Pick in next years draft
The Lions will pay 3.77M this year and 4.77 Next year
Nicks will use #85 In Detroit
The Lions cleared cap by Releasing two players
LT Gosder Cherilus & WR Dwayne Harris
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|Lions Cut Two Sign 1|
In a Cap Saving Move the Lions have Cut LT Gosder Cherilus & WR Dwayne Harris
Cherius was in Final year of his contact would not have been resigned.
The Lions Signed Jake Scott to 1 year Vet Min Deal
allow them some Cap Room .
Cherilus lost his starting Job to the younger Jake Mathews During Training camp
Harris was a FA Signing From Buffalo
Who just Never ended up Fitting in
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|so much for Former GM's Home Coming Lions Wins|
The Lions Welcomed Former GM Jason Arnold back to Detroit with a Loss to his Former Club 34-22
The Lions Defense Forced 2 INT's
Miller Ran for 151 on Ground as The Lions Got off the Snide
New TE Leonard Pope had 5 Pancakes in his 1st game as a Lion
Finally Calvin Johnson & Matt Stafford Hooking up 5 Times
Stafford Threw for 2 TD 214 Yards and no Picks
We worked on our game plan and Offence hard this week said Stafford
Our GM Went on Natonal Radio and showed how much he wants to be here.
We show him how much we want to win
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 08/27/2013)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 27|
|Lions Cut Avril sign TE Pope and DE sharper|
Allan Park MI,
After The Loss to Greenbay GM Tom Riddell had this to say
The blocking schemes Fail them
The Lions Sign TE Leonard Pope to Help with Problem
the 6'7 Pope is very good Blocking TE
Pope had 93 Pancakes in 3 years with KC
to make Room The lions Cut DE Cliff Avril
Avirl was given a shot at OLB but could make switch
when lions move to a 3-4 Front and Suh took over at RE.
The Lions also Signed Rookie DE Norman Sharper
He'll Replace Avirl on the depth chart
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 08/20/2013)||Replies - 7 :: Views - 121|
|Lions Weekly 2015 WK#5 Lions throw in the towel on 2015|
Allan Park MI,
The Lions Play Greenbay and new Start Mark Sanchez
With the Team Starting 0-3 and having to Run the Gantlet
Expect no Playoff Run
I Don't see us winning more then 1 to 3 games
Team GM Tom Riddell Has Decided to Stay the Course
Get Ready for next year
With Calvin Heading closer and closer Regression
They had two Choices
A Pickup a WR to allow the Lions to move Johnson around
B Wait till next year and Draft some more Youth
They decided to take the 2nd Path
GM Riddell Had this to say :
I Spoke to a few Teams about adding 2nd WR to help open the field up
But to me it's not worth the cost
We went with a Youth and Now we have to pay the Piper.
So many Times I've Traded Picks in top 3 Rounds away
This Time I am saying no .. and we wait till next year
The Lions Don't expect to beat Greenbay
The City is Bankrupt and we need a Change .
In Fact it going to be long year in Motown as the Youth Take over.
Growing Pains and not winning are not fun
But it part of life.
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|Lions Defending the Cardinals Spread with the 46 Defense|
Allan Park ,MI
GM Tom Riddell Head Coach Jim Schwartz & Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier Took a Lesson from the Past for this Week
The Lions will use the 46 Defence vs Cardinals Offence this week
This Why we Closed Practices to Media Said The GM
The 3-4 was not working like we planned
We have Veteran depth at CB to be able to go Man up on Cardinals
Allow Our LB and Front 4 to stop the Run and get to the QB
It's great way to defend the spread
The Defense puts so much pressure in the quarterback's face
He doesn't have time to make a throw,
He also can't see more than five feet in front of him.
with our Depth
we can Taylor Our Defense toward each Team we face
46 4-3 3-4 or a Mix of all 3
This Huge Gamble by The Lions Brain Trust
If Works it a Huge upset if it Fails
The Lions are close to 1st pick overall next year
Link to this being Explained
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|Lions Resign CB Marcus Gilchrist|
Allan Park ,MI
The Lions have Resigned CB Marcus Gilchrist
after His Release from Tennessee.
Gilchrist and a Draft Pick was traded to Tennessee
in The off-season for CB Cortland Finnegan
GM Riddell :comments Below :
"We did not want Trade Marcus
but we needed more of veteran Presents in the locker room .
I told him if there way we get back in Lions Union we would do it"
This Moves give Lions More Depth at CB and KR Spots
To Make room for Gilchrist The Lions Released TE Gary Dowlings
who never fit into long Term Plans for The lions .
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 08/09/2013)||Replies - 2 :: Views - 45|
|Rams lose again/DE Justin Houston chasing sack record|
|St. Louis, MO. -- Another disappointing loss in a close, close game. Another overall impressive game from the Rams' offense and Quarterback Sam Bradford.
You can't really say the Rams are playing bad as two of their losses came in a tightly contested, two point loss in a game where they statistically dominated. This past week, they're nearly flawless on offense with an incredible outing through the air and with only one turnover.
The problem this time around is their star HB LaVonte Bell could not stay healthy. He left injured after only 5 carries which hindered the Rams' gameplan of doing a mix of 50/50, run/pass. To expound on those problems, young Wide Receiver Stephen Hill really struggled holding onto the ball, registering three dropped passes.
Jason Smith continues his yearly, and seemingly weekly show of not being the player his physical attributes would indicate he's capable of. Patience is beginning to run thin with such a talented player not producing.
On a bright side ... DE Justin Houston is making life absolutely miserable for opposing Offensive Tackles. Through only three games this season he has already amassed an astounding 8 sacks. When you realize the record is 19 sacks, it's pretty astounding how productive he has been at this point in the very young season.
Next week the Rams are at home versus the Patriots.
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|Lions Weekly 2015 WK#4 Lions Close Practices to Media|
Allan Park MI GM Tom Riddell and head Coach Jim Schwartz have Banned Media from Allan Park
The Gates where Locked and Guards Posted outside
With Huge sign posted on the guard House
The Lions headquarters and training facility is lose to Media this for this week
The Lions are 0-2 to start The season
Rumor is The GM and Schwartz had huge blow up during the bye week
The Cardinals Still have play there WK 3 Game but could come in 3-0
The Team did hold a Telephone News Conference
Saying the did not want any leaks of what the Lions had planning for The Cardinals
GM Riddell Comments are Below :
"We Felt it was good Time to hold a Players only Meeting
and Coaches only Meeting then hold 3 one with players and Coaches
as we try to Right the Ship
Plus we wanted This week to try get players heads back in The game
Practices will be closed and Media is banned From Allan Park.
Media Can Return to Allan park for WK5 vs Green bay."
What have The Lions got planned for cardinals ?
Know one in Allan Park is talking
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|Stafford Throws his 150th TD pass in Loss|
Stafford Reaches 150 TD in Loss
QB Matt Stafford Threw his 150 TD Pass in Greenzone this pass weekend
I had No Idea I thew my 150th TD Said the QB after the game
We where trying to win the game
Catching the 150 TD pass was Calvin Johnson
Johnson said He stafford Have always been on the same page
He's Honor to be the Lions and GZL Record Books
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/31/2013)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 23|
|Lions Trade QB Steel to Indy Sign|
LIONS TRADE STEEL
Allen Park MI,
The Lions have Sent QB Mark Steel to Indy for 3rd Round Draft Choise
During the Preseason Steel lost his #2 Job to Rookie Cameron Hester
Who came on durriing camp to Become the #2 QB
To Replace Steel the Lions have Signed Rookie QB Deunta Bailey
The contract is for 5 years
Bailey dose not have a Cannon for arm like Steel
He has good Awareness
Bailey was drafted by Denver this year but Was cut .
The Lions now have 1.8M in Cap space
Deal must Till Be approved by The GZL League
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/31/2013)||Replies - 3 :: Views - 80|
|Lions Drop to 0-2 as Seahawks Stampede over Defense|
The Lions lost a Close game 30-21 to Seahawks
The Team is now 0-2 Despite a 3 TD Game for Matt Stafford
The Lions new 3-4 Defence had problems stopping Run
The Dual head monster of LeGarrette Blount & Kenjon Barner was unstoppable
As They Tap danced all over the 3-4 Defense
Under a heavy rush Stafford gets a ball off to Megatron for a 1st down
The Lions went very conservative Game Plan Run the ball
Keep the ball away from Seahawks offence
The Lions could not keep the ball on 3rd Down & lost Field Possession battle
this was the Difference in the game
Next up is a Visit WK 4 to Arizona for The Lions.
Where they'll Face The Cardinals
The Lions got a shitty bye week and Have WK 3 Off
Game Stats :
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|Rams drop Heartbreaker|
St. Louis, MO -- What's the worst way to open your season? Losing. However, what's even worse? Losing the way the Rams did this past week.
Despite holding the Bears' passing game to sub-200 yards, sacking him 4 times, and forcing two interceptions -- the Rams still lose. To further the pain, the Rams established a strong running game, Sam Bradford was efficient and under control, and the offensive line didn't allow a single sack.
So, where does the blame lie? The inability to stop the Bears' running game, for starters. But, that's not enough. The Bears only scored one rushing touchdown, despite their effectiveness.
Special fucking Teams. A position on the field that's easy to forget. A lone kick return throttled the Rams' hopes for a good start to their season.
After the game Sam Bradford had this to say, "It's very unfortunate. We get to see a victory we worked hard to earn, essentially stolen off of one play. Painful, the best to describe this."
When asked about how this effected him on the sidelines, Von Miller responded with this, "It's excruciating to be on the sidelines and not be able to help. There's no way they run the ball like they did if I'm healthy. We have to regroup and get a W next week."
Defensive Linemen Sheldon Richardson gave the best quote of all, "This sucks, dude. I feel like we were the better team but, we screwed the pooch. I told coach to put me in on Special Teams next week and I'll knock some heads off. This won't happen again."
In Week 2 the Rams face off against NFC foe New Orleans.
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|Lions Weekly 2015 WK#2 Lions 0-1 Here Comes Seattle|
After WK 1 Starters QB Matt Stafford Calvin Johnson & Emmanuel Sanders
Missed the Plane to San Francisco
They where Each Fined $2500 Then Benched
Once back in Allan park
The coaching Staff went to work on Game plan for Seahawks
Who are here for The Lions home opener
The Seahawks are 0-1 After Losing to Arizona in Wk 1
We know going to be Hungry and Mean Said Stafford
We have pull together and Win
The Lions new 3-4 Front was Mixed bag in WK 1
They had 2 Picks 1 sack but still gave up too many points
Now they Find a way To Stop Cam Newton and Seahawks Offence
Even with Stafford and Johnson back in the lineup that a tall Order
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|49ers Beat Lions Starters Miss Plane to San Francisco|
The 49ers Won 27-to 12 Over The Lions
Mot of Lions starters Missed The Plane and are Still back In Detroit .
3rd String QB Mark Steel Played Giving the 49ers Defense a Huge lift
With Out Stafford Johnson the Lions where helpless kittens
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|Lions Weekly 2015 WK#1|
The hype is already starting for the showdown Sunday between the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers
Cornerback Chris Houston, called it a "Week 1 statement game" for the two NFC rivals. Both teams are possible Super Bowl contenders.
we want to win Said Houston
The Lions Defence Changed from 4-3 to 3-4 This year.
Outside Linebacker Cliff Avril: "Y'all are going to hype it up more than what it is. At least in my book, there's no revenge-type thing going on.
We just want to kick there asses "
GM Tom Riddell Said We want to start the season 1-0
Do that we have beat the 49ers
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|Lions Preseason Recap|
Allen Park MI
The Preseason is over and Lions went 2 and 2
Here a Recap of Preseason
26-13 L to The Colts
Game MVP For Detroit Emmanuel Sanders 7 Catches for 113
Injurys Emmanuel Sanders our for [/b]4 Weeks.
20-14 Loss to Tampabay
Lions Game MVP :Ronnie Lewis 6 Catches 162 27.0 Avg 56 Long 2 TD
34-31 Win over World Chamption New York Gaints
Lions Game MVP HB Mike Gillislee 1 Kick Return TD 11 Carries for 52 yards 4.7 YPA 23 Long 1 TD
Win Vs The Raiders 21-16
Lions Game MVP MLB Martez Wilson 5 Tackles and Pick .
GM Riddell had this Statement for the Detroit Press.
We very happy going 2 and 2 In Preseason
Our Goal was see to see New Defense and our younger offence players play
We did that .
We Wanted to Beat the Giants
We did that
we want to keep Injury Free for most part that was done
There will be some Growing Pains over next year or two
With our the youth on the Team
But I am very happy and feel a 500 or touch Better Record is Possible This Season.
Camp Battles :
Back QB Battle
Hester 33 CMP of 67 for 539 Yards 3 TD 3 INT
Steel 34 CMP of 66 for 310 Yards 1 TD 4 INT
Better Awr less mistakes with the Football
Right Tackle Battle
RT Marshall Pancakes 5 sacks 2
RT John Greco Pancakes 8 sacks 1
Winner : Marshall due to his upside
Leff Tackle Battle
LT Gosder Cherilus Pancakes 12 sacks 0
LT Jake Matthews Pancakes 11 sacks 1
Winner :Jake Matthews
This due his longer contact track and Youth.
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|New Rams GM and former Lions GM Jason Arnold PC|
St. Louis, MO. - Here is a recap and transcript from the press conference to introduce GM Jason Arnold to the media and fans.
Reporter: Welcome to St. Louis. Your dumbass abruptly left your last organization in Detroit. Can you explain that decision and did you feel regret seeing that team make it to the Superbowl?
Jason: Well, that was a complex time. There were some personal and family things going on and I didn't feel I had the time. If I do not have the time and motivation to put 100% into something, what's the point? I'm competitive and I want to win. I wasn't doing them any favors sticking around.
As for regret, to a certain degree. I try to never regret anything, but that was my favorite team and we had them humming. We felt like we had pivotal positions filled with young, up-and-coming superstars like Stafford, Jimmy Smith, Jake Matthews, etc. but, things happen. If I could go back I may have done it differently, but you live and learn.
Reporter: Explain the current status of the Rams and your goals for the team.
Jason: Smart winning, that's the goal. To clarify, I want to win and win big. I want to do it smart. I was brought in here to clean up a few things in terms of our finances. We were 550K from the cap threshold with several positions to fill ... that's not being smart. Several players, in my eyes are vastly overpaid and on long term deals. We will sort that out as time goes.
We have to be able to win big, but we don't want to let emotions get the best of us and vastly overpay to keep a guy on this team that isn't producing just simply because he's well liked and a fan favorite. You have to win, but do it smart.
Reporter: So, would you say there are a lot of changes to come?
Jason: I think that's a given with any regime change. Coaches are under the microscope. Players as well. We have certain expectations and types of players we like and the former regime had "their guys" as well. It's not a Rams thing, it's league-wide whenever there's a switch.
Reporter: Explain the decision to move Vincent Jackson.
Jason: Well, he falls under the overpaid and aging player. In my eyes, he's a clear #3 WR behind both Stephen Hill and Donnie Avery and while his contract wasn't huge, we received no bonus to move him and we obtained a second round draft pick out of it.
Reporter: What are your expectations this year given the fact you had to release some really good contributors and you traded off Vincent Jackson?
Jason: I expect to improve from 6-10. I also do caution the fans and media to be patient. This isn't a process that will change over night. I wasn't here for the draft, I wasn't here for the previous seasons of trades and acquisitions. You'll have to trust the process and that we aren't clueless.
Reporter: Does losing ILB Von Miller for any undetermined length of time change that expectation at all?
Jason: Obviously, that's a discussion between the coach and I. But, one player should not be the end all, be all in terms of a team, unless it's a Quarterback. We have to trust that the next man up can do his job.
Reporter: You've always known to be confrontational and speak your mind, do you see taking a "step back" this time around?
Jason: I don't know, we'll see. Don't say something stupid and I won't speak up. I've never attacked someone for no reason at all. Except Paronne, but he's pretty goddamn annoying.
Reporter: Thank you for your time.
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|Lions Sign CB Houston Beat Giants 34-31 in Preseason Action.|
Day 2 of the Green Zone Lions GM Tom Riddell
Sign Free Agent CB Chris Houston to a 3rd year deal.
Houton was cut Lose from The Rams early this week
The Lions Then Released CB Josh Robinson
Robson was Draft pick of Tom Riddell when He as with Jets
He Traded to The Lions in Miller Deal last season
Robinson Failed The Team Drug Test for HGH and was cut lose.
in other news The Lions Beat the World Champion Giants
In the 3rd Preseason game 34-31.
GM Tom Riddell was not going to start his starters
But after a Dare from G-Men GM James Paronne
The 3 Players Came to ask to play 1 game
Both Defenses played well
It was hard Faught and Lions starters where not going to play 2nd half.
After Rookie Backup QB Cameron Hester went down in 3rd Qrt
Stafford Finish The game but Detroit needed a last season kick to win
GM Riddell in statement to Lions press core
"I have great deal of Respect for James his team is always will coached.
He won a super last year and Did a hell of Job
But that was last year and we Had to Respond to his challenge"
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 07/17/2013)||Replies - 1 :: Views - 43|
|2015 Depth Chart Detroit Lions|
|Lions Sign Randall Cobb|
Lions GM Tom Riddell took a Dip in the FA Pool Signing WR Randall Cobb
The 5 year Contract Said to be 14.80M Deal
with 2,50M Signing Bonus
adding Depth Very Good WR Core
Cobb Spent the past 3 seasons with Saints
Now He Makes the move to The Motor city
The Lions Already have one Top Receiving cores in Greenzone
Calvin Johnson Emmanuel Sanders Ronnie Lewis
Davone Bess Dwayne Harris
GM Riddell had this to say
This was just giving Good Depth at Cheap Price
Never know what the season has in store for you
So it best to get Talent when you can
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|Stafford Johnson & Miller to sit out Entire Preseason|
Allan Park MI,
The Lions have Announced
There main offence Weapons will not play this preseason.
Stafford Still Recovering from a Season Ending Injury
They don't want Rush him back .
Calvin Johnson has Wrist Sprain after Damaging it The Weight Room
So The Coaching Staff will hold out their all Star Wideout from the Pre-season
RB Lamar Miller will also not see any Pre-season Action
But HE is Healthy The Lions Lost Safety Lewis Delmas for most of last year
He was Hurt During the Final Game of Preseason Game Last year.
One has to Wounder if Lions being overprotective with Star Players
Taking Stafford Place with The one's is 6th round pick Cameron Hester
He'll be backed up by QB Mark Steel
While Mini Mouse WR Ronnie Lewis will Return
He see his 1st Action after losing his rookie season to Injury
He Fill in for Megatron
Rookie HB Mike Gillislee Will start at HB In Place of Miller
Backup by Aaron Brown & FB Brit Miller
Jake Matthews Will Play Out of Position at LT
Will Rookie 5Th Draft Pick Alvin Marshall Will Slide in to RT
The Lions Defence Switch to a 3-4 will play 1st 2 pre-season Games
Then backup will start the Final 2 where needed.
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|Lions Draft Recap (with Video)|
Day 2 of the Green Zone Lions GM Tom Riddell Selected
Mike Gillislee, HB From FLORIDA
He was 9th Pick of the 5th Round
Strengths: Pretty good frame with the ability to get bigger in future years without losing athleticism.
Possesses above average vision with excellent
cutback ability in-between the tackles.
Balance stood out to me
as he rarely loses yardage because of technique.
Runs at a solid pad level which helps him gain leverage
against bigger defenders.
Shows some surprising pop from time to time
can run with decent strength.
Elusive when he is in the open field
with the ability to turn on the jets and reach a solid top speed.
When he reaches top speed,
it is pretty tough to catch him, especially to the outside.
Willing as a pass blocker with solid technique as well.
Has pancaked defenders on occasion.
Pretty good at everything.
Never really stood out to me in terms of physical attributes.
Not the quickest or the fastest back and not the strongest either.
Footwork can be a little bit choppy at times
causing him to run east/west too much.
Needs to be smarter when picking up in pass protection.
Not a huge threat to be a receiver although he has shown flashes.
Job this season
Will Be the 3rd Down back
He will also Backup at Kick & Punt Returns
There next Pick was LG Alvin Marshall
Marshall has good size at 6'3 312
He has very good Feet and will kickout To back up RT
here is the Full 2015 Lions Draft Class
The Lions added Depth on Both Sides of The ball
Filling all of Their rosters needs via the Draft as Planned
The Lions Draft QB Cameron Hester a TCU Horned Frog
Then Released 3rd String QB TJ Yates
They Draft SS Shelton Atkinson From Virginia
Then Ciut Vet FS John Wendling
Both Cuts Save Lions over 2M Cap
With Rookie Signing + Trade with Ravens
The Lions have $4.12M in cap room to Add 1 more Vet.
GM Riddell Video Review of The 2015 Draft and Off-Season
Can be found Below:
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|Lions Draft Day 1|
Day 1 of the Green Zone Draft The Lions Had to wait till Round 3
They Try move up twice but could make deal so they stayed
at 3.26 Drafted mammoth Georga Tech NT T.J. Barnes
Barnes played nose tackle in Georgia Tech's 3-4 defense.
He was often asked to occupy two blockers and take up both interior gaps.
Barnes generally wasn't meant to penetrate the backfield or rush the passer
This is what Barnes has going for him.
At 6'6", 369 pounds, He is truly massive.
Barnes doesn't have the sloppy body one might expect,
though, as he's actually built quite solidly.
With nearly 35" arms, Barnes has plenty of length, as well.
Athletically, he's solid, as his 5.3 40-yard-dash time suggests.
Barnes isn't nearly as strong as expected,
He did just 25 bench reps at the GZL Scouting Combine.
The Lions Then Sent a Pick in the Round 5 to Ravens
CB Curtis Marsh comes to Lions
Marsh is 6'1 The Lions Love his size.
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|Lions Stay out of the Free Agency Frenzy|
Lions Avoid FA till after Draft
Lions GM Tom Riddell spoke to Reporters
The Topic The Opening of Greenzone Free Agency
"Every year the Prices go up and Value Comes down
we decided to sign our guys to Value priced deals
we be using the draft to rebuild over next 3 seasons
for 1 FA we could sign 3 or 4 drafted Players
They Lions will then use 2nd Part of Free Agency to fill holes
We want use FA as Hole Filler cheep backups
why spend a Ton on over priced over the hill players.
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/24/2013)||Replies - 1 :: Views - 37|
|Lions trade with Browns Acquire NT/DT|
Lions Acquire NT/DT Marcus Holyfield from Browns
The Lions Have sent Bengals 4th Round pick to Cleveland
To Acquire Nose/Defensive Tackle Marcus Holyfield
The Deal Also See the Lions Get a 7th Round pick In Return
The team was in market for new DT after a Trade with Bucs
Holyfield was drafted in the 2013 Draft
He has been a Depth player for Browns
He'll now get chance to start for Lions
We loved his size and Strength said The GM
Plus his contact is very Manageable
The deal still Must pass Greenzone Trade Office
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|Lions Dump Sallary in Trade with Bucs|
in what could be Descibed as Sallary Dump the Lions made Trade Bucs
The Lions also Cut LB Clint Session to save some cap
After resigning Suh & giving wilson the Franny Tag
We getting low on Cap
We knew where going to resign Martez Wilson next year
and Franny Our Kicker so would decided to just make deal
with Tampa get some guy who long term Cheep Deals via the draft
Start our rebuild this year.
Kendricks will move to OLB to replace session
it dose leave gaping hole Lions Front 3 with no backup for Suh
The Lions GM Did a Video Statemant on youtube :
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|Lions Sign Suh to 5 year extension|
Ndamukong Suh has signed a 5 year extension with lions
Suh signed for 5 years 42 Million dollar deal with 12 Million Bonus
We are happy Ndamukong will be a lions for many years
The lions also franny Tag MLB Martez Wilson 7.73M
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 06/17/2013)||Replies - 1 :: Views - 25|
|RFA WR Dwayne Harris Signed With Lions|
Lions GM Tom Riddel was hoping to sign 2 to 4 players from RFA He got 1
WR Dwayne Harris Who spent the last two season in Buffalo
Signs in Detroit He will Provide Depth to all Ready Very Fast Receiving Core
We Disappointed we only landed The 1 RFA Said The GM
"But We Fill our Roster. We have Late round picks
we also sign some less Expensive FA over the Coming weeks .
Dewayne has Very good Speed.
He Play on Special Teams
He Be great depth for us at Receiver
so where happy there."
The Lions Know they have 99% of their starters In Place
Players they are signing will be young Cheep Depth guys
With so many players on this years Roster on the last year of There Contacts
The lions are making an effort to keep prices low.
Where trying not get huge cap hits this year and next year Said The GM
For a few of the players this will Final year as Detroit lions
But when asked if the Lions are rebuilding Gm Riddell Said :
we don't rebuild in Detroit we Reload"
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|Lions make 6 offers to RFA|
The Lions Have Hit the RFA Hard
Looking for Backups and Possible Starters
GM Tom Riddell Made 6 RFA Offers last night
The Lions Due lack of Draft Pic this year
The Lions GM will be Big players in Both RFA and UFA this year
The Lions GM Comment on what Teams Plan was this off-Season
The plan is to Look for Players at RB WR QB OL LB and CB in RFA.
We hope to get 1 to 3 players in RFA
Then Draft what we Need with our Late Round Picks
we then fill in with cheep UFA
We trying Regain some cap by not signing high prices older players
going to younger backups
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|Lions Trade for Linebacker|
The Lions have Trade with The Divison Rival Bears
The Have Send 2.32 From this years Draft + Next years 2nd to Bears
In Return The Bears have sent 2nd round OLB Bryan Keith to lions + 6 Round Pick Next year
Keith will be Groom to become an Inside Linebacker with Lions
Gm Tom Riddell Has been busy this off Season trying to change
The Lions Defence that one worst in Greenzone
We Love his Size and Speed With Limited Trade options this year
We decided to make a deal with the bears
Bryan has very good Skills but he very raw
Will add 10 Pounds to him and work on him as he adjust to MLB
Here a Youtube Video on why we made the trade
LB -> MLB [240+lbs | 70+STR | 75+TAK | -5 AWR Hit]
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|Lions hire former Vikings Special Teams Coach|
Leslie Frazier is not only coach to leave the Minnesota Vikings' for Motown
The Detroit Lions announced on Wednesday afternoon
they've hired Brian Murphy to be their special-teams coordinator
the same position he held with the Vikings since 2009.
Lions GM Tom Riddell Said We like what Brian Brings to the Table
Again He know the Division and is very good Special teams Coach
We look Forward to seeing how Special teams Improve this year.
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|Lions close to deal with the Titans|
The Lions and Titans are close to deal
CB Cortland Finnegan will come to Detroit
The deal will see CB Marcus Gilchrist and 3.11 go to The Titans.
Finnegan will Battle for #2 or #3 Corner Spot
He become a mentor to the lions Corners
The Deal still needs legal approval
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|Lions hire former Vikings DC to Replace Rex Ryan.|
The Lions Have Hired Leslie Frazer to be there new DC
He takes over for Fired Rex Ryan
Rex is now DC in Tampa
Ryan was never able to get respect of Lions locker room
Players just did not buy into his Game plans
Frazer know the division
He been the DC In Minnesota for past 5 seasons.
He also was Defence back with the bears
He won a Superbowl under Iron Mike Ditka
The Lions pass defence 31st last year
while the vikings with 3rd vs the pass
The lions expect him to fix a Defence
That lost respect from league last year.
We hire coach Frazier to fix our pass D
Said GM Tom Riddell
He understand what it is to be Secondary player
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|Lions Fire DC Rex Ryan and OC|
Lions GM Tom Riddell has Fired DC Rex Ryan
This was after just 1 season as DC
The lions Defence fell apart under Ryan and Became on of worst in Green zone History.
Ryan was fired after the defence became one the worst in Greenzone History
The Lions also Fired OC J.Zorn After Lions TD Per Season went down Drastically Zorn will be Replace by Paul Hackett
who was the Special Teams coach Last years.
He also Warned He Coach Jim Schwartz that the Lions must win 10 games ot keep his job next year .
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|Lions get ready for off-season|
After going to superbowl Last year
The Lions Hope to go back but after 9 and 7 Season
They are looking at Rebuilding a defence that was one of the worst in Greenzone History
The lions Rebuilt Secondary was awful
after losing Delmas they never recovered.
Some hard Choices have to made
do the Lions resign Suh?
Suh numbers are down and he's a Free Agent this year .
also MLB Martez Wilson Had great year
He is FA The lions may look tag & trade the linebacker for draft picks.
Many Question in Detroit when comes to Defence
They Offence is solid
Megatron led league in Catches and Yards
They also good #2 WR in Emmanuel Sanders who had 1200 yard Season
will HB Miller led the league in Running Touchdowns.
as long stafford is under Center they lions offence will click .
Question is keeping him Healthy for all 16 games.
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|Stafford Placed on IR Lions sign 2|
The Lions have Place Starting QB Matt Stafford on IR
We felt we not going to make a playoff push
it was better to pit him on IR
Sign players who have here for now and next year
The Lions have Signed Jonathan Vilma to 2 year deal
They Also Signed QB Seneca Wallace to 1 year deal
The Lions will Now Start QB Mark Steele
Wallace will back up
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|Lions WK1 Vs Oakland (Audio Podcast)The end of the gauntlet|
Time Once again for This weeks Podcast
we talk about the Moonsoon in GB and the Loss
WK 9 @ The Vikings
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|Lions Cut 1 sign 3|
|The Lions have Cut Vet Center Olin Kreutz
Gm Riddell had this say "
with Rookie Matt Smith Playing so well and our Injures mounting
we just could not afford to Keep Olin
We'd thank for his services"
The Lions have signed 3 players
C Jackie Crawford
DT Myron Pryor
MLB David Hawthorne
The Lions will now go 3-4 Defense to Try put Pressure on Denver young QB
Please read the bottom of the Thread
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|Lions Weekly WK 5 The Mud Slide Continues|
Time Once again for This weeks Podcast
The Lions lose it's 3rd Straight Game at Home
The Game was Blood Bath of Injures for the Lions
we talk about the Loss to The Cowboys
a Ton of Injures during the game
Losing Stafford & DT
About a chance to win in Denver
Pod Cast Length 6 Mins :01 Seconds.
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|Lions WK4 DALLAS (Audio Podcast)|
Time Once again for This weeks Podcast
The Lions Offence came to play vs KC but Defense Stayed home
As Chiefs won a Squeaker at ford Field
we talk about the Loss to The Chiefs
Briefly talk about the cowboys game
The Loss of Louis Delmas how it hurt the defence.
3rd Down Woes
Pod Cast Length 7 Mins :33 Seconds.
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|Lions Weekly WK3 Chiefs @ Lions (Audio Podcast)|
Time Once again for This weeks Podcast
Game vs the Vikings was Trap game .
we talk about the Loss to The Vikings
Briefly talk about the Chiefs game
Pod Cast Length 5 Mins :29 Seconds.
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|Lions Weekly WK2 Vikings @ Lions (Audio Podcast)|
Time Once again for This weeks Podcast
Very happy with Game Last week as we go into our home Opener.
we talk about the Huge Blowout win in Oakland
Stats From WK 1
the Home Opener Vs The Vikings
Miller Breaks the Raiders Back with 90 yard TD Run.
Pod Cast Length 15 Mins :24 Seconds.
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|Lions WK1 Vs Oakland (WK 1 Audio Podcast)|
Since I suck at typing
I've decided to Bring back my show for last year with small Changes
Moving to a podcast format at http://www.spreaker.com
we talk about the 0-4 Preseason
Changes to Team during this Off-season
Some info the on Team's Depth Chart .
Draft Picks Recap
the Game in Oakland Next week.
Check it out here
Run Time :16:42
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|Lions Trade Stewart to The Giants|
|]The Lions Have sent HB Stewart to Giants
Here the deal Break Down
5th round Pick (DET)
HB J Stewart (89)
QB Alex Carder (65)
2nd Round Pick (NYG)
QB Mark Steele (75)
The Lions get 2nd Round pick and Nice young Backup QB for Stafford
With The Trade the Lions Sign HB Deangelo Williams to a 1 year deal
The Lions did look at frank Gore but went with the faster Williams
It a Win for Us
we Wish Mr Stewart the best and thank you for his Time with the Lions
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|Lions Trade with Steelers|
|The Lions have traded for WR Emmanuel Sanders from the Steelers
Here info on Deal
This guys Lions now have one of Fastest Receiving cores in the league
They can stretch the field and also be used in a quick passing game
This should open the running game also for Miller & Stewart
The Trade still has to pass league Trade office
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|Lions Make an Offer to WR Lee Evans after workout|
|The Lions GM Tom Riddell is not happy with #2 WR Spot.
The Lions had Vet Lee Evans in to Alan Park today .
Gm Riddell Said We did have Lee in for Physical exam & Workout
He's still in Great Shape Still very quick and runs good Pass Routes
Matt and lee worked out for good Two Hours
We Feel Lee has some gas left
so we made his agent the Offer .
we have no idea if he'll take the offer
If He signes the lions may look to Move a WR
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|Lions Send CB Flowers to Steelers|
|The Lions have Sent CB Brandon Flowers to Steelers
In Return the Steelers send a 2nd Round pick and CB Jonathan Wade
GM Tom Riddell said This deal was more about next year then this year
Next year we have alot of vet players who will be Free Agents
The two Biggest Being MLB Martez Wilson & DT Ndamukong Suh
We just could not afford to Keep Flowers long Term
This way we get pick #2 and player who is a good CB.
who could be #2 CB or Play Nickle
We Wish Brandon all the best in Pittsburgh .
The deal still has to pass league trade rules
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|Lions Preseason Depth Chart 2014|
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|Lions Sign Rookie FB Charlie Schwartz to 5 year deal|
|FB Charlie Schwartz who Drafted By Ravens but Released earlier this week
Has Signed with The Lions the 6 FT FB will move will be moved TE
"We love his speed Said GM Riddell His Lack Size is a bit of an Issue
He still very good Speed and Hands"
Schwartz will be Used as bit game changer vs Certain Defenses Units.
He'll Normally be the 3rd TE
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|Lions Sign 4|
|The Lion Sign 4 Free Agents
Rookie Free QB Alex Carder from Westren Michigan signed a 4 year deal
QB Shawn Hill Returns to the Lions After 1 Season with the Vikings
He back up Matt Stafford
CB Jonathan Wilhite Comes over From Falcons He'll Battle for #2 CB spot
LE Dwayne Powell was Drafted by Cards last year Signed a Deal to back up a DE
The Lions also Waved 2 Players
Lions released LE Wallace Gilberry & QB Luke McCown
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|Lions Draft Recap|
2.18 WR Ronnie Lewis College:Oregon
Lewis is 5'7 WR with Good speed and Catch
He will be Teams Kick Returner and Battle for Slot WR spot.
4.05 C Matt Smith College: Kentucky
Smith is Pass blocking Center with good Football IQ
He'll be the Teams long Snapper
Backing up at Center for a season or two .
4.28 P Ryan Allen College: Louisiana Tech
Allen was Ray Guy Winner for Punting and Nice addtion
5.25 CB Ryan Steed College : Furman
Steed has great Hands and Is a Ball hawk[
He will battle for Nickle Spot in Camp
6.08 LT Steve MacMahon Collage Georgia
Steve Will Move Inside to LG and Backup
6.18 LOLB Benjamin Yambo College: Arizona
Will move to ROLB and Back up there
6.31 LG Jeff Baca College: UCLA
Will move to RG and Back up
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|Lions Finally Draft a Player on Defence|
|Lions Finally Address the Defence adding CB Ryan Steed From Furman
He was taken with 25th Pick of the 5th Round
Also played quarterback, running back and wide receiver as a South Carolina prep, in addition to being a two-time all-state basketball player. Saw action in all 12 games in 2008 and recorded 10 tackles, zero pass breakups and two interceptions with two blocked kicks. Stepped into the starting lineup at the boundary corner spot in ’09, taking over for Atlanta Falcons 2009 fifth-rounder William Middleton (now with the Jacksonville Jaguars), and posted 59-11-4 with one tackle for loss and a forced fumble in 11 starts. Scored two touchdowns —
recovered a fumble in the endzone against Chattanooga and returned an interception 43 yards vs. Georgia Southern. Led the team in interceptions for a second consecutive season in ’10 after recording 65-9-4 with two tackles for loss and three forced fumbles in 11 starts at the boundary corner. Made all 11 starts in ’11 and logged 46-4-4 with one tackle for loss, one sack and one blocked kick. Returned a fumble 48 yards for a touchdown against Elon. Also returned two interceptions for TDs. Two-time team captain.
Good size and length. Flashes quick hands and good balance to stab and reroute. Quick-footed pedal. Shows savvy to read quarterback drops and receiver body language. Leverages routes in zone and trusts his eyes. Competes in the air and has good ball skills to track and snatch interceptions. Solid tackler. Likes to play and it shows. Contained South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery as a junior. Three-year starter. Outstanding personal and football character. Very intelligent.
Marginal speed — cannot keep pace vertically with faster wideouts (see Florida). Not an explosive athlete. Lacks suddenness to shadow quicker receivers. Susceptible to double moves. Limited recovery burst — tight for a cornerback. Vulnerable on an island. Could stand to get stronger and be more physical on the edge.
Confident, competitive, tough, heady cornerback who plays faster than he times. However, will be relegated to a cover-2 scheme that takes advantage of his ball skills and tackling ability while providing help over the top. Can be a solid backup and special-teams contributor. Intelligence, instincts and toughness might project best to safety.
He'll battle for Nickle Job http://www.gzl-football.com/draft.php?section=warroom&sub=card&id=4336&skin=lp
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|Lions Draft Punter Allen|
| Louisiana Tech punter Ryan Allen is a Detroit Lions
The Ray Guy Award Winner was Drafted by Team in 4th round
The Lions moved up to get him
He was #2 Rated punter in the draft
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|Lions Draft Pass Blocking Center in the 4th Round|
|The Lions have Drafted SR Center Matt Smith From the Kentucky Wildcats
Collage Highlights :
- SEC Academic Honor Roll (2010, 2011)
Two-year starter at center ... Intelligent performer who does a good job with the line calls ... Also handles the shotgun snap well ... Came to UK as a defensive tackle before moving to center ... Had an interesting experience in May as he took an educational/service trip to Ethiopia ... Has played in 29 games, including 22 starts.
2011 (Junior): Season got off to a slow start ... Missed the first two games with a sprained ankle ... Bounced back to play in the last 10 games, starting the final nine ... Was on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy for the nation's best center.
2010 (Sophomore): Played well in his first season as the starting center ... Started all 13 games ... Earned the job after winning the center battle in fall camp with his consistent play ... Helped UK rank in the nation's top 25 in fewest quarterback sacks allowed.
2009 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in six games ... Saw extensive action in the season opener vs. Miami when Jorge Gonzalez and Marcus Davis were sidelined.
2008 (Freshman): Redshirt season ... Was named the Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week prior to the Mississippi State game.
The Lions will add 10 Pounds to his Frame
They also Work on his Run blocking during the season
He'll be the Lions long Snapper this year
Matt will Learn behind Vet Center Olin Kreutz
He'll take over in a season or two as the Starting Center .
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 01/06/2013)||Replies - 2 :: Views - 28|
|Lions Take WR -KR/PR Lewis with it's 2nd Round Pick|
|The Lions Have Drafted Oregon Speedy Mighty Mouse WR Ronnie Lewis.
Lewis is only 5'7 But has amazing Skills for his size
He would been picked in top 32 if he was 5'10
He will take over as Lions Kick and Punt Returner with 99 Kick Return.
He also Tough for a little guy with 94 INJ Rating
GM Riddell Said This
:We need a KR and He is best in this draft plus He a very good WR"
Ronnie Speed and Quickness will be Asset for The Lions
He has one better set of Hands for a all the Rookies at 85 CHT.
we can him Line him up in the slot or 4th WR to Stretch Defences.
He'll is the Smallest Player on the Lions Roster this year.
But every bit a game Breaker .
His info and Stats
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|Lions Sign Wideout Davone Bess to a 5 year Deal|
|The Detroit Lions Have Signed Davone Bess to 5 year Deal
The 5'10 190 Pound WR from Hawaii Spent last year with New England
He gives the lions another Threat to Stretch The Field .
GM Tom Riddell Said
I am Thrilled when got we got word Davone had Decided to sign with us
He gives us a our 2nd Deep Threat Behind Calvin Johson
He'll Battle for 2nd and 3rd WR spot in Camp"
Here is look at his player Card
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|Lions Trade with Seahawks FB Brit Miller on his way to Lions|
|Lions GM Sent the Colts 6 round pick to the Seahawks
In Return the Lions get a Versatile FB in Brit Miller
The 6'1 250 Pound FB will be a Battering Ram for The Lions.
who is very good Run blocker
He can Catch passes out of the back field
GM Riddell Said "He got a very Reasonable Contact
Will have to work on his pass blocking skills
He has very quick for a Fullback.
We feel we can count on Him
His Job will be Getting into the hole & making Contact .
He also can catch with is another asset we loved
The price was right as well"
The Lions Traded FB Patrick DiMarco Due to his 1M Dollar Sallary.
The Lions save 580K with this trade
GM Riddel Feel they got a Better FB out of the trade.
For less money
You be the Judge
Tail of the Tape Millers Vs Dimarco
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|Lions Sign Mentor Center|
|The Lions have signed Veteran Center Oline Kreutz to a 3 year Contact
Gm Tom Riddell had this to say :
Olin Has been in the NFC North Before
He know the Rivalerys well
He is a very good Pass blocker and will be Mentor to Younger Linemen on Offence.
The Vet Center has Played for Bears Vikings and Bills .
Here a Look at Lions Projected 0- Line Starters for 2014
LT Gosder Cherlus
LG Rob Sims
C Olin Krutz (mentor)
RG Donald Thomas
RT Jake Mathews
Krutz Said He not sure if He'll play the full 3 years of his deal
I am taking 1 season at time Said The 37 year old Center .
I plan on Helping bring Young Kids along as I a Play .
The Lions will work on Getting Young Ben Habem Ready to play when Krutz dose hang it up
Habem did play in Spot duty last year a 7th Round pick in the 2013 Draft .
He has long way to go to be as good as the Mentor Center but has some time.
The Signing still must be okay by Leagues Book Keepers
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|Motor City Bound 2 a Review of Lions Off-Season :upadated|
In His 1st Full Season as Lions GM Tom Riddell has make many hard choices
The Lions Resign Calvin Johnson to Long Term Deal.
They Brought in Lamar Miller from Jets to be Starting HB
No knows if Jonathan Stewart will be happy as the teams #2 HB
He will see the field as the Teams 3rd down back.
Could he Be traded during the Preseason ?
Only GM Riddell Knows.
The lions Traded Wideout Greg Jennings to Kansas City
This was due to his High Salary and a Tight cap.
The Trade Brings back Massaquai who had his best season as a Lion.
also Brought back Roy Williams who was drafted by the Lions .
The Lions also Resigned Wes Welker to a 2 year Deal
Who is a Mentor to Younger Receivers on the Team
Both these WR still have some Value in the tank left
All have a Catch rating of 85 or Better
all have Speed Of At Least 86
Meaning no Defense can never Feel Safe vs the Lions Offence.
The Lions also added Vet Center Olin Kreutz
Luke McCown is back to back up QB Matt Stafford .
Vet Punter Chris Hanson Is back
But Could lose his Job if Lions find a Younger Punter .
On Defense Most of The Lions Starters Return.
The Lions Did Upgrade at the Strong Safety spot
adding Major Wright & Aaron Rouse Both via Trade.
Bob Standers resigned a 1 year deal.
He back up Major Wright This season.
Rouse will be moving to Free Safety
He will Back up Starter Louis Delmas
Will Wright will Start at Strong Safety
The Lions Still Working hard to Bring two more players
Via Free Agency. Word Are there a WR and CB
The Lions Front Office will Hit the Draft Table once FA is Over.
Looking to spend it 9 Picks and Counting
as they start Draft day maneuvering
Where they Try and Fill the Rest of the Teams Needs
as Lions Try to Return to Superbowl this time to win it .
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|Lions and Chiefs Swap WR|
|The Lions have Sent Greg Jennings to Chiefs
In Return the Lions get Mohamed Massaquoi
This saves the Lions 7 Million in Cap Space.
The Lions also Cut Center Eric Heitmann Saving 4.50M
The Lions have 11 Million in Cap now Free
The Deal has Approved by the league
Greg Jennings on his way to The Chiefs
Mohamed Massaquoi on his way to Detroit
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|Motor City Bound|
The Lions 2nd KC 2nd Round Pick to Buffalo
In Return for WR Stevie Johnson //SS Aaron Rouse //Vikings 4th Round are on way to The Motor City
Johnson was traded to The Lions after He Lost his spot to Dwayne Bowe
Bowe was traded to The Bills From Tampa Bay
Rouse will move to FS from SS and Give Lions more depth .
Plus the still have a 4th Round pick to add Youth
GM Tom Riddell Said there a New Law Firm In Town
Called Johnson Johnson Jennings & Williams
we have Great Depth In Secondary and at Wideout
As we look to Return to the playoffs
Where Thrilled to add Steve: to our great list of players here in The Motor city
With Johnson Not wanting to be a Backup in Detroit
The Lions have Sent Johnson to Jets for a Draft pick
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|Lions Trade with Tampa Aquire SS Wright|
Lions sent next year 1st Round and this years 7 to Tampa for SS Wright.
This gives lions one of the best Defensive Secondary in the League
FS Louis Delmas (94)
SS Major Wright (85)
CB Jimmy Smith (88)
CB Fabian Washington (82)
Nickle CB Brandon Flowers (94)
SS Bob Sanders will back up at SS and FS this year.
With Young Depth Up & coming Corners
Tan Wu (66) & Josh Robinson (70)
New DC Rex Ryan was a Proud Man today
We Really Proud of Our Defensive Secondary Adding Major is big addtion
I would not want send A WR up the middle with both guys back there.
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|Miller gets to work during Lions Off-season work outs|
The Deal For Miller passed This week
He Flew to Allen park to day with GM Tom Riddell
The Lions asked him to add 10 Pounds to Weight
He now at 224 Pounds
He will work out with Lions Trainers
This will increase Speed and Agility During Lions Off seasons Work outs
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|Rex Ryan Joins Lions Coaching Staff|
Ryan sign 3 year deal to Be the new DC
Allen Park MI,
In Move Shocking move no one saw coming
Fired Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan is New DC In Detroit
GM Riddell Hated Ryan when he was with Jets
AS GM Riddell Promised He would have fired Ryan as Head Coach.
For Him to Hire Ryan is a Complete 360 by Him.
Here what said in Press Confrence
He a Good DC that why I hired him.
His job is to get us back to Superbowl with a Great Defense
Rex is a Defense Genius
It Great to get back to what I do Best
I will make this Defense Powerful and Tough.
Just like People of Detroit
Lots great players here in Detroit.
I am looking forward to getting the best from Them
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|Lions Welcome Home former Starter.|
Lions GM Riddell Has Brought WR Roy Williams Home
The 32 year old Vet Returns
The Lions Drafted him seventh overall in the 2004 NFL Draft.
"It great to Welcome Roy home said The GM
We sent a 4th Round for Roy to the Panthers .
With the Return of Williams
The Lions will Not be Resigning WR Wes Welker
We wanted to get a Taller WR in here who play the #2 WR or Slot
This gives the Flexibly at WR with Megatron Jennings and now Roy
All 3 Can play outside and the Slot
Wes did not want a 1 year deal for League Minimum Salary .
He also did not want to be the 4th on the Teams Depth chart .
so with this Trade we are moving ahead without him
we wish him all the best and thank him for his Time in Detroit.
Roy will be Using #11
In Other News The Lions Cut KR /PR Logan
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|Lions get their Man|
|The Lions have a trade deal in Principle with the New York Jets
it will Bring Rookie of the year Half back Lamar Miller to Detroit .
Miller Rushed for 1741 Yards in his Rookie Season in White and Green
It was the 4th Best In League for a Halfback
He also scored 11 Touchdown with only 4 Fumbles
Terms of The Deal where not disclosed
They also need to be approved by the league.
Once that is done
The Trade in full will be Announce the to Public at that time.
Lemar was draft by Lions Current GM Tom Riddell
He had this to day about the Trade.
We are Thrilled to get this deal done
It took alot of work from both Jets GM Corey Smith & Myself
The deal Fell Apart and then we managed to get it done in the End
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|Lions Bring Al Pacino to give the "Inches" Speach|
Happening the locker Room Right now
Tony D'Amato: I don't know what to say, really. Three minutes to the biggest battle of our professional lives. All comes down to today, and either, we heal as a team, or we're gonna crumble. Inch by inch, play by play. Until we're finished. We're in hell right now, gentlemen. Believe me. And, we can stay here, get the shit kicked out of us, or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb outta hell... one inch at a time. Now I can't do it for ya, I'm too old. I look around, I see these young faces and I think, I mean, I've made every wrong choice a middle-aged man can make. I, uh, I've pissed away all my money, believe it or not. I chased off anyone who's ever loved me. And lately, I can't even stand the face I see in the mirror. You know, when you get old, in life, things get taken from you. I mean, that's... that's... that's a part of life. But, you only learn that when you start losin' stuff. You find out life's this game of inches, so is football. Because in either game - life or football - the margin for error is so small. I mean, one half a step too late or too early and you don't quite make it. One half second too slow, too fast and you don't quite catch it. The inches we need are everywhere around us. They're in every break of the game, every minute, every second. On this team we fight for that inch. On this team we tear ourselves and everyone else around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch. Because we know when add up all those inches, that's gonna make the fucking difference between winning and losing! Between living and dying! I'll tell you this, in any fight it's the guy whose willing to die whose gonna win that inch. And I know, if I'm gonna have any life anymore it's because I'm still willing to fight and die for that inch, because that's what living is, the six inches in front of your face. Now I can't make you do it. You've got to look at the guy next to you, look into his eyes. Now I think ya going to see a guy who will go that inch with you. Your gonna see a guy who will sacrifice himself for this team, because he knows when it comes down to it your gonna do the same for him. That's a team, gentlemen, and either, we heal, now, as a team, or we will die as individuals. That's football guys, that's all it is. Now, what are you gonna do?
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 12/12/2012)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 28|
|Something for The Charger to think about :)|
Calvin Johnson NFL Highlight package
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|Lions At Home for the Super Bowl|
|After Beating the Falcons in The NFC Title game
The Lions are Home for the superbowl
We got on a roll when at the right time. .
We beat some good Teams but chargers will be another Test Said the GM
The Lions have to be at out best to win the Title ..
The Charges Defence is very good
They coaching staff has done some great thing being shorthanded on Offence
The Key for lions win is Balance on both sides of ball
You know the Chargers are going to be keying on our Wideouts Said Stafford.
We must keep them Honest with the Run and quick passes.
Calvin and Greg will get their touches
But other guys must step up now there no Tomorow
DT Suh has been the glue on Defense
We have great group here
Where Proud to be here
We have prove it on Field in Biggest game of year now .
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 12/09/2012)||Replies - 15 :: Views - 181|
|Lions want to be home for the Super Bowl|
|Next Week is Super Bowl in Detroit Next Week
Your Home Town lions would like to be there.
The Falcons stand in the of them doing that
The wildcard Team has push back Rams and #1 NFC Ranked Buccaneers
The Falcons have Great Ballace on Offence
a Great D and will Real test to Lions this week
The NFC Title game should be a good one .
We feel the Defense is Ready
They Falcons will a huge Challenge Said The GM
The Winner Plays the Chargers next week at Ford Field
The Charger upset the Highly Favored #1 Ranks AFC Titans.
We Just Squeezed by Dallas Each Will get Tougher .
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 12/08/2012)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 18|
|News from The Lions Locker Room in Dallas|
|Game day at Cowboys Stadium
ESPN Talked to GM Tom Riddell
We added some new Wrinkles this week
We hope enought to keep us in game to win it
When asked about Miles Austin The GM had this to say
you can't stop Austin. all you can do hope you keep him in Check
The Lions will Start TE John Phillips at FB Today
Reason He is better Pass Blocker and Catches better out of backfield
He about even with Dimarco as a run Blocker just a touch slower
FB Patrick DiMarco said I am the back up this week
I do my part. if John need to come out for any reason
I'll step up
with almost 2 hours to game Time
Well soon know who host the NFC Title Game and The Falcons.
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 12/04/2012)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 26|
|Lions Bring back Logan and cut Two.|
|Allen Park Mi,
After a Hard Fought win vs Seattle Yesterday
GM Tom Riddell and Head Coach Jim Schwartz
Starting looking at Game fill till 4:30 AM
The ending up sleepimg at Teams offices in Allen park
They where back to work at 10:30 AM
Looking Film From Dallas lost early this year.
they also look Film Team that beat Dallas as well.
The Gm did have some Roster news
In Shocking movie The Lions Have Released The Following Players :
WR Marvin Jones
WR Ramses Barden
They Signed KR /WR Stefan Logan to a two year Deal
We not been happy with Field Possion this year
We feel Stefan will give us a boost there vs Dallas
also with Aaron Brown Now full time 3rd Down Back
We felt it was best to bring another Returner Said The GM
The Lions Also Signed a 5th CB Signing Brandon Burton
His deal is 850K with 120k SB for 1 season.
He brings depth to us said the GM we Nearly Lost WU
so we thought be better bring in some help.
The lions are now getting ready for Battle in Dallas next Monday.
The Lions lost to cowboys by a single point late in the Season 27-28
Losing the Game 1 point was Toughest lost this season for us
said Suh at his locker
I am glad we get 2nd Chance at Coach Phillips and his Offence unit
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 11/28/2012)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 23|
|ESPN New Deal for Johnson Coming ????|
|ESPN's Adam Schefter breaks a another story
Lions GM Tom Riddell has been Meeting with Agent Bus Cook.
Cook is the Agent For Lions WR Calvin Johnson.
Johnson Current Contract has 1 year Left as of next season
The GM and Agent have been Meeting for past 3 Weeks at a Secret Location
Schefter has learned a Deal is in Place
But it Well not be Announced in Till The Start of new League year
This is due Greenzone Football Rules.
The Contract & Payday are said to long Enough Johnson will Retire a Lion.
Johnson had no Comment when coming off The Practice Field
The Lions play Seahawks in a wild Card Playoff game on Monday.
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 11/22/2012)||Replies - 9 :: Views - 110|
|Lions Weekly Wildcard Addion|
We talk about The Playoff Game vs the seahawks
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 11/21/2012)||Replies - 12 :: Views - 83|
|Free Seat Cushions to 1st 20,000 Fans Fan Appreciation Day|
|The Lions would like to thank there fan base for Great season
The Lions use there Fan Appreciation day
250K on Seatcusions
if 20,000 Fans will get one
Please note the Changes in Ticket & Parking Prices for the Playoffs.
we have included the Fan Appreciation Info as well
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 11/21/2012)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 21|
Soldier field Chicago,IL
On Cold and Windy day The Detroit Lions Won a Shoot out with Chicago Bears.
Winning 47-37 as Stafford Became 1 of 5 quarterback in Greenzone History to throw for 500 Yards in 1 Game
The Other 4 Quaterbacks to do that Where
The Saints Drew Brees at 574 in 2012
Payton Manning of Colts 2 Times 529 in 2011 503 in 2011
Kyle Orton of Denver 200 & Eli Manning 500 in 2013
Stafford Get Long Bomb off to Megatron in the 3rd Qrt
Calvin Catches a 54 Yard Pass from Stafford
The problems started Early for Chicago when both Starting Corrners where lost for the game Early
That allowed The Lions QB to light up The bears secondary like a Christmas tree on Christmas morning
Only to have Bear's QB to the same to Lions secondary
only difference was that He Turned the ball over 2 times on INT's
Stafford did not turn it over and had 3 TD Passes
With The Win Lions Take the North in very close season.
GM Tom Riddell Who went from Outhouse to Penthouse with late season move to Lions
Said "We have more work to Do But I 'm very Proud of the guys in our Locker Room
they Stepped up when it was needed
Now we are the NFC North Champs "
Stafford broke his Single season Yardage Mark but then had it Snap by Tony Romo of Dallas
The league had 3 Quaterbacks Break 5000 Yard Mark
They where Romo Stafford and Matt Ryan.
It was Amazing how these guy can throw the ball Said Calvin Johnson who had 10 Catches for 227 Yards and a TD.
Megtron was not only WR on Lions to have a good Day Greg Jennings also broke a 134 yards in Receiving
Pettigrew & Welker also had TD's
Well Running back Jonathan Stewart had 1 Catch for 38 Yards and 2 TD Rushing.
He also ran the Ball 16 Times for 148 Yards including 71 Yard TD to Clinch the North Title
The Lions will Take Wednesday & Thursday Off
The Team Be Back on Field Friday to Begin work on The Wild Card Home Game .
a Lions Fan shows his Pride after the win
Jim Schwartz Gives a Fist Pump after the win
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 11/20/2012)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 46|
|Lions Send Scouts Norte Dame Oregon & Georgia Tech|
|Lions GM Tom Riddell Sent The Lions top 3 Scouts to EUGENE Oregon Atlanta and South Bend
No one knows what lions are looking for in the Up Coming Draft
as Week 17 gets closer to kick off The coaching staff is hard at Work
Tying to get into the playoffs.
The Lions Must Win To Clinch the North Title
This won't be easy as Lions Head to Chicago
If they don't win The Full Staff will be working on next season.
We just hope out game play vs the Bears works Other wise the bears or Viking will win the north. Said GM Riddell
The Reporters Ask the Question Why are lions going to these Collages as his Car pulled into parking lot at Allan Park
He had no Comment as He quick went into The Lions Offices at Allan Park
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 11/17/2012)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 29|
|Lions Win Take The Lead in the North|
|The Detroit Lions Are very close to a Playoff Spot
The Lions Beat the Eagles 40-27
Stafford Went 12 of 23 for 300 Yards 3 TD Passes
But the Third Quarter Stafford went down with Shoulder Injury
He was Pulled from The Game and Rusty Smith did good Job Moping up
Calvin Johnson had Monster Game 4 Catches 175 Yards and 2 TD
Jonathan Stewart Rushed for 113 Yards on 25 Carries Giving Balance
The MIR On Stafford was Negative said GM Riddell
He Start next Week for Lions as we head to Miami
Also Returning will be TE Brandon Pettigrew
Right now The Lions & Bears are Tied for the lead Division
We have a better Record in the Division
So We have Division right now due that Record.
The Lions play AFC East Leading Dolphins
Wiill The Bears Play the RG3 Less Bills
Who ever Wins this Week will have an Inside Track for Division
Leading into the last game of Season Bears and Lions Head to Head
Who ever lose may end in Playoffs as a Wild Card
This going a Battle for us to win the Division said GM
Riddell But I am Proud of the Boys in that Locker Room.
The Bears or Lions may still make the Playoffs as a Wild Card
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 11/07/2012)||Replies - 2 :: Views - 55|
|Lions GM Talks about Why he not big on Draft Picks|
|Please ask why I am not big on Draft picks .
in this video I expane why I am not big on them
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 11/05/2012)||Replies - 2 :: Views - 56|
|Lions Sign Depth at TE with Injury to Brandon Pettigrew|
|The Lions Lost TE Brandon Pettigrew for 2 for 4 Weeks with a Bruised shoulder.
The Lions have Signed FA TE John Phillips to a Contract
The Lions do not officially announce acquisitions until the player has passed a physical.
Terms of the deal are unknown at this time.
GM Riddell Said Phillips is very good Blocker
He Will need to work on Route Running and Pass Catching
He Young and The Added depth can only help us.
He can play FB or TE if needed
With Brandon being last year of his Deal this made since to us
We still have Tony Scheffler under contract for next year.
There Talk lions want a restructured Contract next Season with WR Calvin Johnson
We already taking to Calvin about Extending his say in Detroit
That means we have to see if there is Money left to keep Brandon
He will be next on the list if there is
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 11/01/2012)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 24|
|Lions Sign Punter Hanson Release P Ryan Donahue|
|GM Tom Riddell Worried about his Team Punting Accuracy cut P Ryan Donahue
The Kid has a Big leg but no Control over it
I worried about short punts in a close game
or him out kicking his coverage
The Lions Signs Vet Punter Chris Hanson to take his place on a 1 year deal.
We feel get Better Field Possion by Using Chris as our Punter
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 10/27/2012)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 18|
|Lions Cut Two add Depth at RB & WR.|
|GM Tom Riddell Cut RB Kevin Smith & MLB Arthur Cook
The Lions then Signed Depth for the Offence
as They Signed HB Ben Tate & Rookie WR Marvin Jones
I love players with Size Jones is 6'2 with good Speed
He'll need to work on his hands in The off-season
Tate is Bruising Running back
He be Good Complement to Starting HB Johnathan Stewart
Said GM Riddell
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 10/26/2012)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 17|
|Dallas coming to Detroit Will Suh be a Factor ?|
Will Romo see this man in his nightmares after this week ?
The Lions Ndamukong Suh
Said he can't wait to get his hands on Cowboys QB Tony Romo
The Outspoken DT said Where ready to go war.
Romo will see alot me this week I hope .
The Lions are changing the style of Defense
The Lions Offence will mix up the Starting WR Week to week .
Hoping to get a Miss match on the cowboys .
It should be a good Game with a Playoff Birth on the line.
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 10/26/2012)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 15|
|Lions Put SS Rolle on IR and Sign 2|
New Lions GM Tom Riddell went Right to work
Putting SS Antrel Rolle on IR with Broken Ribs.
Taking his place is Vet Bob Sanders who signed a 1 year deal with 2.01M with 250K Bonus.
also signing to add Depth at QB is Luke McCown
Yes luke a Scrambler but he just Insurance and it only a 1 year deal.
The deals worth 1.77M with 330K Bonus
He the best of what is a very Empty QB Market
I am not fan of Scramblers but you take what you can get Said GM Riddell
Then leaves the Lions 850K under the Cap.
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 10/24/2012)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 20|
|GM Riddell Bolts to Detroit|
|After weeks of rumor and speculation Jets Owner Woody Johnson has Released GM Thomas Riddell
The League uncovered e-mail messages between The GM the Lions and the commissioners Office
Johnson did not of want keep a GM who did't want to be there so he was released
Former Jets GM Tom Riddell Leaves JFK Airport for Detroit.
Mr. Riddell Is From Near by Hamilton Ontario Canada
He will be introduced as The lions new general manager sometime Today.
Mr. Riddell will be living in nearby Windsor just across the Detroit River
The Fords Understand I wanted to be closer to Family .
When asked by the Detroit free press about his time with the Jets
I was never happy in New York
I didn't get along with the press there
The team owner didn't help the situation
The ford Family I been around them for years
I Grew up a Lions Fan it's my Dream Job.
I'm very comfortable and happy to work for a great organization
When asked about his about questionable moves as the jets general manager
I made some mistakes early in my Tenure
I really thought we were about Turn the Conner
The Jets have a great running game
I really thought Defense was good
I won't be making as many moves with the lions
The last General Manager did a nice job and personnel
|Forum Discussion (by T_Riddell on 10/24/2012)||Replies - 19 :: Views - 162|
|Detroit Lions Off-Season & TC|
Allen Park, MI. -- Familiar face, same place. GM Jason Arnold returns to take over the team he built prior to leaving. Jason Arnold brought on a lot of the key cogs that took the Lions to the playoffs. Guys like CB Jimmy Smith, HB Jonathan Stewart, OLB Brett Lewis, and OT Rodger Saffold(who's no longer with the team). So, the Lions fans are optimistic and ecstatic to have him back.
Off-Season Free Agent Additions & Trades
Only one Free Agent, but a big one. The Lions paid big bucks to bring in one of the better veteran WRs in the league to pair up with All-Everything Calvin Johnson ... and that guy is Greg Jennings. Jennings and Calvin immediately are the scariest 1-2 punch in the GZL.
2.21 for OLB Clint Sessions -- The Lions were intent on developing this LB corps and Sessions is a very good player that is a veteran presence, but has plenty of athleticism to play at a high level for another 4-5 seasons.
1.21 LT Jake Matthews -- Stud. One of the more athletic OL to come into the GZL and Matthews should be a cornerstone at OT for years to come. Protecting Stafford is a huge key and Matthews can do it with the best.
3.21 DT Alameda Ta'amu -- The Lions were very happy to see this big bodied DT on the board, still. They love big bodied DTs and he's huge. Has enough athleticism to play UT, too. With a good TC skew, could push Rogers out the door immediately.
4.21 LOLB Ronnell Lewis - Project.
5.21 CB Tan Wu - Project.
6.21 MLB Ricky Werner - Project.
7.21 C Ben Habem - Fodder.
Training Camp & Positional Battles
There's a few guys that have really stood out this TC and seem to have put in a lot of work. Matthew Stafford first off. On the 7 on 7's we didn't see a ball hit the ground. He was sharp, precise and just basically a stud.
Donald Thomas on the Offensive Line stood out, too. He's a guy that has been raved about for a while because of his great athleticism at the interior OL position. He looked very good in drills though and neutralized Suh more than once.
Last but not least, Louis Delmas, who else? He has been a fixture of this secondary for a long time, even when they were bad. But, his presence on the field and his ability to make sure guys know where they need to be is uncanny. He made some phenomenal breaks on the ball and could have easily knocked a few guys out cold if contact was allowed. If he can carry this momentum over, watch out.
Position Battles of Note
Gosder doesn't like the rookie trying to take his job
Offense -- Gosder Cherilus vs. Jake Matthews -- Rumors are Matthews is the front runner for the ever lucrative RT position. It would make sense considering his phenomenal athleticism. However, Gosder has played RT before and is not going to give up easily -- this should be Matthews to lose, but never count out Gosder.
Defense -- Shaun Rogers vs. Alameda Ta'amu -- Rogers is a guy the staff loved when they traded for him 2.5 years ago, however -- he's aging and has lost a big time step. Plus, he's expensive. He was re-signed this off-season but if Ta'amu is good, they won't hesitate to cut him loose. Ta'amu is a big boy with better athleticism to Rogers, so I will actually give him the nod in terms of lead right now.
|Forum Discussion (by J_Arnold on 07/09/2012)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 40|
|Lions Lose GM Steps Down|
|Sorry guys but I have notified AF that I wont be returning next season as GM of the Lions.
I am just about to purchase a 2nd business which has recently become available & trying to incorporate the new business into my exisiting business & manage time for family life as well means I can not give GZL the time it deserves.
Thanks to all who run the league for having me the past season.
|Forum Discussion (by B_Richmond on 05/14/2012)||Replies - 3 :: Views - 49|
|Lions Lucky ?|
|4 losses in a row & we are still a game clear in the division.
After a great start this team is heading south rather quickly and I am hoping over the next month the players & coaching staff can turn this around as I am not sure I could survive a mid/late season collapse.
Calvin Johnson needs to get back to his dominating best & Matthew Stafford needs to grow some balls & stop coming off the field every 5 minutes with some soft injury.
Our young defense is struggling as a whole, but the play of rookie Allen Bailey has been excellent, he will continue to get over looked as a quality player this defense can build around.
|Forum Discussion (by B_Richmond on 04/11/2012)||Replies - 1 :: Views - 29|
|10 weeks down of the regular season and we are still leading the division.......who would have thought ??????
It may sound like a defeatest attitude, but I still feel the Packers are going to take the division, even though we have a game and a half lead over them, the Pack after a slow start are really starting to turn it on.
The Packers and Lions going at it in week 17 could be one of the games of the season.
If our young guys can hold it together long enough to qualify for a playoff berth I will be happy, obviously winning the division would make me even happier, considering the quality of the teams in the NFC North, plus I would like to get me one of those nice shiny pennants a lot of GMs have in their signatures.
|Forum Discussion (by B_Richmond on 03/15/2012)||Replies - 5 :: Views - 38|
|The Lions have hit their bye week at a respectable 4-1, surprising many people around the league.
With a number of injuries expected to derail the teams chances this season, free agents MLB Ahmad Brooks & OG Terence Metcalf have covered starters Martez Wilson & Donald Thomas well.
Former Browns wide out Mohamed Massaquoi continues to impress with 37 receptions so far this season and is outplaying star Calvin Johnson.
HB Jonathan Stewart has not rested on his laurels after signing a contract extension in the offseason and is averaging over 5 yards per carry and has made it into the end zone 6 times.
The defense has been solid without being spectacular, but rookie DE Allen Bailey has shown what he is capable of and with 4 sacks to date, looks to have a bright future in the league.
All in all we are happy with the start, but understand the season is well & truly open to all in our division.
|Forum Discussion (by B_Richmond on 02/14/2012)||Replies - 4 :: Views - 59|
|Mohamed to Mallett|
|Put that in your pipe & smoke it Mr Mallett.
At the end of last season I begged you to give me another year, but you were too keen to bring in new & shiny players instead of putting some faith in my ability.
I look forward to showing you just what I can do in this league.
|Forum Discussion (by B_Richmond on 01/11/2012)||Replies - 2 :: Views - 52|
|As the Lions prepare for their season opener against the Eagles, the coaching staff are working tirelessly to get backup guard Terrence Metcalf as many reps with the starting lineup as possible.
Metcalf was signed as free agent during the offseason to backup Donlad Thomas, but in the final preseason game against the Ravens, Thomas was injured and will miss at least 6 weeks.
During the preseason the Lions also lost electric kick returner Stefan Logan for 8 weeks and will sorely miss his return abilities.
Most starting spots are set for the week 1 clash with the Eagles and whilst the coaching staff are relatively happy with the 2-2 record in the 4 games, had hoped to see better results from some of the younger players.
The Lions will need a good start to compete in a tough NFC North this year and with both the Bears & Packers boasting to of the best rosters in the league, it is widely predicted that the Lions will be fighting to stay out of the cellar in the division.
|Forum Discussion (by B_Richmond on 01/05/2012)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 18|
|Lions Training Camp|
With such a hectic offseason bestowed upon the Lions franchise and its fans still in a head spin over what has transpired lets take a quick look at what has happened this offseason for the Lions.
Incumbent GM Jason Arnold steps down after a bitter power struggle with within the organisation.
Jay Hall comes aboard as new GM but relinquishes the position after finding out business ventures outside of football will not allow him to devote enough time to the position.
Brett Richmond comes aboard just weeks before the draft period.
Since GM Richmond's arrival the following player movement has taken place:
With no 1st round pick the Lions were keen trade for a 1st rounder and came to the following agreement with the Saints:
DP #1 (1.9)
In the second trade recently acquired veteran Steven Jackson got traded to the Seattle Seahawks:
HB Steven Jackson
DP #3 (3.4)
With uncertainty surrounding the resigning of No 2 wide out Nate Burleson the Lions then completed a trade with the Browns.
WR Mohamed Massaquoi
Coach staff have all agreed that the player who has been most impressive in training cam is recently acquired wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi.
Massaquoi has been in the league a number of seasons but has yet to make a name for himself as the classy possesion receiver scouts had believed he would become when he nominated for the draft.
The Browns who had seen Massaquoi's production drop over the past two seasons decided it was time to move in a different direction and placed him on the trade block, where a deal was eventually brokered for him to become a Lion.
Since joining the Lions Massaquoi has spent a lot of his time following star wide receiver Calvin Johnson's lead and spent extra time in the film room learning the Lions playbook and discussing man of the plays with Matt Stafford & Calvin Johnson.
Outside of the film room the coaching staff were to see if Massaquoi could improve his speed slightly and have spent many long hours on the track doing and strengthening work.
Players battling for starting spots:.
The two most fiercely contested position battles in training camp have been at tight end & wide receiver.
After many predicted veteran TE Tony Scheffler to leave via free agency, the front office managed to convince him to resign for 3 years and battle up & coming Brandon Pettigrew. Pettigrew is considered the heavily backed favourite to win the starters role, but should he slip in anyway or get injured, the coaching staff will have no hesitation in handing the starting role to Scheffler.
The second key position battle for the Lions is at wide receiver and is very similar to that of the tight end position. Veteran Nate Burleson who has put up very solid numbers playing second fiddle to Calvin Johnson, also resigned after not garnering much interest in the free agent market.
With the Lions convinced Burleson would leave via free agency, GM Richmond traded for emerging ex Cleveland Brown Mohamed Massaquio. Massaquio has impressed the coaching staff enough to unseat Burleson as the 2nd wide receiver, which will also help free up Burleson to return kicks.
|Forum Discussion (by B_Richmond on 12/18/2011)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 18|
|Lions Draft PC|
1.9 LE Allen Bailey - many scouts had Robert Quinn pegged as the first defensive end to go in this years draft. With both Quinn & Bailey available, the Lions went with the big bodied Bailey.
GM Richmond has this to say:
" Both players will be comapred often during their professional careers and I am sure both players will be quality picks for the prospective franchises. In this situation we liked the extra strength & size Bailey brought to the defensive line. His size allows us to consider running a 3-4 defense in the coming seasons. If need be the scouting staff also believe Bailey with his athletic ability could line up at OLB or even DT"
More to come.
|Forum Discussion (by B_Richmond on 12/11/2011)||Replies - 2 :: Views - 39|
|I bet you opened this post expecting to read CJ had been traded
What the Lions have actually done is traded a 3rd and 7th round draft pick to the Cleveland Browns for WR Mohamed Massaquoi & a 5th round draft pick.
Nate Burleson still may be resigned depending on if or any free agent offers he may receive, but Massaquoi should provided CJ with an excellent partner to help carry some of the load.
|Forum Discussion (by B_Richmond on 12/06/2011)||Replies - 2 :: Views - 29|
|Motor City Madness|
|Lions fans are still scratching the heads after a tumultuous start to the off season, which has seen the 3 rd GM reside in the front office since the season ended.
The current whipping boy is Aussie Brett Richmond who had this to say:
" There is no doubt this franchise is in serious turmoil. We have a good young core nucleus of players to build from, but in such a tough division and with no 1st round draft pick in this strong up & coming draft we are getting even further behind the rest of the division.
Over the coming days we will access the roster, but I would ask Lions fans to stay patient as we try & turn team around."
|Forum Discussion (by B_Richmond on 12/05/2011)||Replies - 10 :: Views - 116|
|The Lions finish strong|
|Detroit, MI --
The Lions did what they needed to do. Beat the bad teams and finish strong.
Over their last 9 games, the Lions won 7 and barely skipped out on a playoff performance. Not bad for a team who was without Calvin Johnson for two of those games.
Even more impressive, without starting place Kicker Olindo Mare and without All-World WR Calvin Johnson, the Lions beat a playoff team in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They out totaled them in yards, 361 to 258. Again, not bad at all.
The Lions have a lot of building blocks going forward. Don Carey, brought in via trade looks like the nickel CB of the future. Jimmy Smith was a great draftee for them and will be a starter for a long, long time. They found gems in the late rounds at OLB and one in particular, Brett Lewis has a very bright future ahead of him and will probably make the All-Rookie team.
The Lions' brass did it again. They drafted well and have a firm foundation for the future moving ahead.
Did I mention Matthew Stafford improved like is rarely seen? He went from throwing 30 INTs last year and 30 TDs to throwing only 15 INTs with 26 TDs. He also increased his completion % by 8 points. Stafford looks to be a Pro Bowl QB going forward and that will give the Lions a chance every week.
|Forum Discussion (by J_Arnold on 11/01/2011)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 19|
|Detroit Lions PC|
|Detroit, MI. -- Same Face, New Results
With the return of GM Jason Arnold, the Detroit Lions seem rejuvinated and are playing better ball. "We just have more confidence knowing leadership at the top knows what to do. Stability is important on and off the field." Coach Jim Schwartz said.
The proof is in the pudding.
The Lions are 4-1 under the watchful eye of Jason Arnold. They have reeled off two straight wins without their second best defensive player, DeAndre Levy. Their drafting has yielded two young studs that have been playing significant minutes despite not being taken until the 6th and 7th Round: LBs Arthur Cook and Brett Lewis. More testament to the stability and leadership.
Lewis has been the starter from week 1. Cook has jumped into the role of OLB to fill in for Martez Wilson who had to move to ILB with Levy out. They haven't skipped a beat. The Lions have allowed a combination of 16 and 10 points while limiting stud HBs Beanie Wells and Adrian Peterson.
There's definitely a feeling that this team is moving into the right direction for once. With Matthew Stafford succeeding and the defense getting better and the Management team finding gems in the late rounds -- the aura around Motown is much different. Can it translate to playoffs? We'll see.
|Forum Discussion (by J_Arnold on 08/31/2011)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 14|
|Lions PC - Thank God it's almost over|
|Detroit, MI. - To say this season has been a bust wouldn't do the trick. Matthew Stafford broke the record for most INTs in a season, the offensive line still stinks, and the defensive backfield is outdone by about 3-4 big time college programs.
The bright side? The seasons almost over.
Matthew Stafford and the defense can finally rest. Help is on the way. How much help? No one knows.
But, GM Jason Arnold had this to say about the off-season period coming up, "we will be active in FA, trades, and the NFL draft. We will not 'sit tight' and hope things get better, we will make sure we get better."
It's not all bad news though. Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson have been rock solid all year long and both could top 1,000 yards. Calvin has lead the NFL in receptions all year long, despite shakey QB play. Matthew Stafford has shown he can take a hit and get back up, so that's a plus, too.
But, the reality is the Lions are a long ways away from where they want and need to be. That will change.
|Forum Discussion (by J_Arnold on 05/02/2011)||Replies - 3 :: Views - 30|
|Detroit, MI. --
Not much has changed around the Lions over the last few weeks. Injuries continue to pile up, our passing game has been very inconsistent and our secondary couldn't cover my Grandma ... and she's dead.
GM Jason Arnold had this to say about the season so far, "We will continue to practice hard and try to compete in every single game. We are not in 'tank' mode by any means and will not lay down for an easy victory. We have some special young talent on this roster we just need to piece it all together."
The question is, can they? Matthew Stafford was one of the brightest young QB in the league, but -- he has struggled mightily this season. Poor decisions, inaccurate throws, taking needless sacks, all have become the norm this year. The Detroit Lions and their die hard fans better hope he can turn the corner ... otherwise, their season just may be over and maybe the future of this franchise in doubt.
|Forum Discussion (by J_Arnold on 04/01/2011)||Replies - 1 :: Views - 22|
Detroit, MI. - In a short and sweet news conference GM Jason Arnold alienated his defensive backfield and made for a damn funny Youtube video. You can bet the GZL management staff will be giving him a call this week, too.
GM Jason Arnold, "We suck. We have like 2 defensive backs that are worth a damn. Is it draft time yet?"
When continually pressed to talk about their 0-3 record, Arnold responded again, very vividly, "What the [expletive] do you want me to say? We have a young QB learning the game. No running game at this point. Our best Cornerback is injured and the rest of the guys, save Delmas have really just played like [expletive]."
A news reported tried to give Arnold a break stating, "Well, in your defense ... the opposing teams you've played are a combined 6-3. Your schedule hasn't done you any favors." We weren't done with the colorful quotes from Arnold quite yet, "Does that [expletive] matter? We could be playing the blind, deaf, and amputated team and still lose - convincingly. We're just not a good team. I'll probably be fined by the GZL for my comments so I may as well go all out. We will be lucky to win a [expletive] game all year long. Oh yeah, and Obama sucks."
He walked off the stage and the snickers and laughing began. One thing you can for sure say ... this will be a press conference none of us will forget.
|Forum Discussion (by J_Arnold on 01/27/2011)||Replies - 39 :: Views - 332|
|Detroit Lions Hire GM Jason Arnold.|
Detroit, MI. - With the season about to begin, the Lions have hired a new head man to run the show. General Manager Jason Arnold. Little is known about this guy, but - for the Lions, anything is an improvement over the stain Matt Millen left on this franchise. A lot of questions are going to be answered over the next few seasons, the main one .... where does this franchise go from here?
"Time will tell. We have some serious talent in place and I'm always working the phones to bring in more talent. "
He wasn't lying. Just 6 hours after the press conference concluded word was out that he had traded newly acquired CB Tye Hill and young DT Sammie Lee Hill for veteran DT, former Pro Bowler and Detroit Lion Shaun Rogers
|Forum Discussion (by J_Arnold on 12/28/2010)||Replies - 0 :: Views - 19|
|LIONS FRONT OFFICE|
|Head Coach||Mike Martz|
|Offensive Coordinator||Scott Linehan|
|Defensive Coordinator||Perry Fewell|
|Josh Ware||SS||99||Out for season|
|P.J. Mitchell||WR||83||Out for season|
|1||Sep 10||vs Texans #21||
|2||Sep 17||at Buccaneers #6||
|3||Sep 24||at Jaguars #32||
|4||Oct 1||at Titans #22||
|6||Oct 15||at Vikings #2||
|7||Oct 22||at Redskins #12||
|8||Oct 29||vs 49ers #31||
|9||Nov 5||vs Colts #14||
|10||Nov 13||at Packers #4||
|11||Nov 19||vs Bears #23||
|12||Nov 23||vs Vikings #2||
|13||Dec 3||at Falcons #25||
|14||Dec 10||vs Saints #17||4:15pm|
|15||Dec 17||at Bears #23||1:00pm|
|16||Dec 23||vs Packers #4||1:00pm|