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LionArkie

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  1. I have a feeling the mlb season may influence the other pro sports for the year to come.
  2. I think me and you probably won't agree on the overall evaluation. Just because Caldwell is the shiniest turd over the past 70 years means nothing to me. I still think his record gets worse and worse as the team looks more like him and less like Schwartz, but I can't prove it so it is what it is. However, I love your post and I don't disagree with anything else in it.
  3. I agree with all of this. I think the bolded is very likely to happen. However, this is where I would give the daughter the benefit of the doubt (although i have no reason to do so) and hope she would do things differently than her parents did. A man cat at least dream.
  4. For me, 7-9 is the lowest I will go with the idea there were a couple of really tough losses to playoff caliber teams. If they look really good at 7-9 and have a few bad breaks, I'd let it go one more year as it would appear they are coming around. If we beat playoff teams and lose to basement dwellers, and we miss the playoffs at 9-7, especially if those losses to said basement dwellers are at the end of the year. I'm out. They can all go. My expectation for the year is MP and BQ are both fired with the chief reason being the right side of the OL not keeping Stafford up and too much reliance on rookies. I predict a 6-10 season with a hot start to get us all excited, and end with a very Lionesque let down. If I'm wrong...please point out this post and make fun of me! I really want to be wrong.
  5. This probably has been asked before, but what record would you be willing to accept this year as to give him his 4th year as a Lions coach? Are there any conditions where you would allow less wins (example: Stafford gets injured and misses half the season)? Is this a playoffs or bust year for you?
  6. I feel like this kind of gives him way more credit than what it was. I mean, yes the numbers support the claim, but after he was fired, no one was knocking down his door as a top 50 coach of all time. First Year 11-5 2nd year 7-9, with 7 losses in the first 8 games 3rd year 9-7, lost final 3 games 3rd year 9-7, 3-3 down the stretch and some sketchy play management calls in key situations. He was incredibly average, at best, albeit much better than Patricia record wise. He could have possibly been the next Wayne Fontes in Detroit. I felt like the further away from Schwartz's team he got, the worse he would do. He has always been an "almost good enough" coach. His teams weren't tough, they had no resiliency, and he managed it terribly. Remember 9 men on the field for a key 3rd down stop? I will always respect Caldwell as being a fantastic human being, or so it is reported, but as a coach, I'll pass.
  7. But can she play on the right side of the o-line?
  8. Totally agree with this. Slay didn't act perfectly, but I don't hold that against him. I think he is being made to look worse than what he really was here. Did he act like a prima donna? Yes, but isn't that expected from a cb to some degree, lol.
  9. I felt that Slay was going to go for a 3rd all along. I was hopeful for a 2nd, but felt an almost 30 year old vocal, anti-Lion management wasn't going to get much back in return. I think Slay had as much to do with the Lions only getting a 3rd as MPBQ did. I agree though, the Lions pretty much botched the returned value, but it was a team effort in doing so. I still like Slay, Trufant, Okudah far better in the backfield then what we have now. However, there is no way in knowing if the Lions would have grabbed Trufant if Slay stayed. I do believe the backfield for the future is set up nicely on paper, but I also thought that about the DLine last year.
  10. Pretty good article. The one thing about this regime is they definitely brought change. Since I've been watching the Lions, 30+ years, I don't remember a coaching style like this one. Will it work? I have my doubts, but it is definitely different. As a fan base, we've asked to be tougher more times then I remember, but then when it happens, we want to go back to the old ways.
  11. I can get on board with this. The one thing we don't know that is if an NFL reporter got wind of this before the trade was finalized and leaked it out to Twitter. Maybe even from Seattle's side. What do you do then? I'm not going to sit here and pretend the whole thing wasn't a cluster F---. the wheels were set in motion before the Diggs trade ever happened. but sometimes things that should be done, cant be done for a variety of reasons.
  12. Delusion is just one of my many unique traits. We have to have it to be Lions' fans. However, I think we are putting on Slay many attributes here that are not his. First, Slay is not Brady. Slay is not even Stafford. So, no, I don't think personnel decisions should be ran through the second best player on my team and to compare him to a GOAT like Brady is not very accurate. Second, Slay is not an assistant manager. He is a player and a worker. My best worker's have input on things I let them know about. Not the direction of the company, the department or any software to be used. I appreciate their input, but they aren't hired or fired based on these decisions. They are hired and fired based on performance, which includes team comradeship and following the vision/scope of the company. Thirdly, letting all the other workers know I'm getting rid of a professional before the professional knows is a crap tactic. I would not do that to the professional I was getting rid of out of courtesy to him. Now if Quinn got rid of him without notifying the coaches, that's a different story. How would you feel walking out of the doors of your employer knowing everyone knew before you did. Why would you put that on the other workers? There is not a lot here to like. This would equally damage the moral. Fourth, if we are moving Slay anyways, as it was discussed before the Diggs trade to other teams, why then would I value his input? This makes no sense to me.
  13. I think this is where it gets complicated. The NE way, all people are equal and your stars aren't worth more than the lowest man on the team to some extent. Example, calling out Brady in front of the team...calling out Slay in front of the team. As a manager, I personally don't think I have to discuss personnel moves to the team before I make them. For one, it is not fair to the player being moved that everyone in the room knows before he does. Two, the player we are kissing up to, doesn't have a say anyways in it so it doesn't matter. I think the thought of any player being that important is a huge issue and one that could also divide the locker room. At my work, as a middle manager I would love to know the direction my company is going in because it will effect what I do at my job, but I in no terms expect that or even think it is appropriate.
  14. I agree with you about getting rid of issues in the locker room. However, in this instance, it sounds like Patricia was the one who initiated the issue, not Slay. Patricia created the divide with Slay. Maybe, Slay was not mature enough to accept the apology. I don't believe Patricia was being malicious when he called Slay out and embarrassed him, but I do believe it was a very rookie coaching mistake. The locker room issue works both ways and Patricia failed at this with our best defensive player. This off season we lost Slay and gained Trufant. It will take a few years to see if our 3rd round pick pans out. So for me right now, this is a step backwards in the off season.
  15. I think that's exactly what will happen. McDaniels that is.
  16. Week 1, Sept. 13: vs. Chicago Bears, Ford Field, 1 p.m., Fox - L Week 2, Sept. 20: at Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field, 1 p.m., Fox - L Week 3, Sept. 27: at Arizona Cardinals, University of Phoenix Stadium, 4:25 p.m., Fox - L Week 4, Oct. 4: vs. New Orleans Saints, Ford Field, 1 p.m., Fox - L Week 5, Oct. 11: Bye week Week 6, Oct. 18: at Jacksonville Jaguars, TIAA Bank Field, 1 p.m., Fox - W Week 7, Oct. 25: at Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 1 p.m., Fox - L Week 8, Nov. 1: vs. Indianapolis Colts, Ford Field, 1 p.m., CBS - W Week 9, Nov. 8: at Minnesota Vikings, U.S. Bank Stadium, 1 p.m., CBS - W Week 10, Nov. 15: vs. Washington, Ford Field, 1 p.m., Fox - W Week 11, Nov. 22: at Carolina Panthers, Bank of America Stadium, 1 p.m., Fox - L Week 12, Nov. 26: vs. Houston Texans, Thanksgiving Day, Ford Field, 12:30 p.m., CBS - L Week 13, Dec. 6: at Chicago Bears, Solider Field, 1 p.m., Fox - W Week 14, Dec. 13: vs. Green Bay Packers, Ford Field, 1 p.m., Fox - W Week 15, Dec. 19 or Dec. 20: at Tennessee Titans, Nissan Stadium, TBD - L Week 16, Dec. 26 or Dec. 27: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ford Field, TBD - L Week 17, Jan. 3: vs. Minnesota Vikings, Ford Field, 1 p.m., Fox - L Final record 6-10. Due to losses on the last 3 games and a terrible start, I predict Patricia to be fired at the end of the season and BQ to stay. Why not fire both? Well, for one it would make too much sense to do so. Making sense and the Lions don't go hand in hand. Secondly, I think BQ has enough on MP to use him as a scapegoat. Also, most GM's are allowed one firing. I don't think they will hold Caldwell against BQ since he didn't hire him.
  17. really? I thought he generally traded quite a bit in the 3-7 range. Maybe I'm just not remembering correctly. I am getting old after all.
  18. Personally, I think Quinn moves around 2-7 rather well. He just doesn't move in the first, nor do I think he really can afford too at this point in time.
  19. This is kind of where I think he's damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. First, let me say I hated the Hock pick. Actually, hates not a strong enough word. However, if he feels like this is an elite talent, or Okudah this year is an elite talent then don't trade for more picks because you are going to get those Ok at their position types (See Decker). If he keeps the picks, like he does, than he doesn't get all the extra picks for those "Ok" position guys. There really is no win for him. Also, I kind of like this draft, but I'm really not sold on this off season. So, I'm in no way defending Quinn. I just don't know how he gets us out of this mess that's been going on for 50+ years. I think what I'm looking at is Mayhew didn't keep much past the third round or second for that matter. At least that's what it seems like to me. So Quinn's first job is to replace all that talent that is lacking from the poor job the previous regimes have done. Yes, they had 53 men suit up, but they were either grossly overpaid or should have been on the practice squad. So, let's say you get 6 picks to replace that 65% of your roster from rounds 3-7 each year. 65% which is 34-35 positions. That's 5 years worth of drafts. Now I know free agency plays a part in this, and I know there is some talent already on the team, but you also have to figure in players out of position, overpaid players, players that suck. Now if you go for more picks in the early rounds you have two issues, one finding a trade partner and two finding elite talent at a lower position. Heck of a choice to make. So, just in terms of depth, which is what Quinn first said he needed to focus on when he got here, he has a huge hill to climb. Now if we replace Quinn, this is even a bigger issue because you will have to start it all over again. These are just some thoughts I have.
  20. I think that's a luxury the good gm's have after they built their team. I don't disagree with you, but as I have argued before, they are completely rebuilding with only keeping a few pieces in place. The rich always get richer and the poor, poorer because they can't afford the risk. I think that's the issue. I think this was a minimum five year rebuild from top to bottom...scouts, players, coaches, salaries, philosophies. I think this is why Quinn has to be so conservative. The Lions for years didn't have crap to work with after the 1st round. I'd say that has significantly changed in rounds 3-7 for the Lions since Quinn has taken over. I think the stats they were lauding during the draft were 65% of your team our from round 3-7. Since we never hit before Quinn that's a lot of free agency money inflating the salaries. I think this is where Quinn shines. He can field the team and create his depth with cheaper salaries on this roster, but that takes time so he really has to hit on those. Once this team starts winning or better yet IF this team starts winning, I could see us doing more and taking more chances. But maybe I'm seeing it completely wrong.
  21. I think there are going to be very unrealistic expectations on Okudah by fans. That position takes a couple of years to set into. To rely on him the way this team is going to is going to be tough on him. I think this is why the loss of Slay was so huge. I know we have Trufant, but if Trufant doesn't work out it all falls on Okudah. If this is the situation, I think then the issue with Quinn and MP would be the dealings with Slay more so than drafting Okudah. In a perfect world, I would have really felt good about Slay, Trufant, Okudah. Then you set the rookie up to truly succeed. ***edit, I read your post totally wrong and my post probably doesn't make sense. I thought you were saying it meant Okudah was a failed pick. My bad...you know that whole reading comprehension thing.
  22. I'm not so sure that it's not him playing the board as it is he's playing for the prospects he wants. Doesn't trade down from 3...he wants Okudah and could lose him to Jax in a trade down. He doesn't trade down from 35...he loses out on all 3 rbs he has graded similarly. I'm not sure if he's heistant, or knows he needs to hit on prospects especially in the early rounds.
  23. I'm still mulling over the 2020 draft! But yes, give me Trevor Lawrence! Then give me a DL, i've been screaming for it all the way back to the 2020 draft!
  24. Really, really want to see decker resigned. I’d hate to go into next year possibly needing two tackles if hv doesn’t work out.
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