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  1. What Position To Draft In The First Round

    Since the playoffs are a longshot for us I started thinking about what position I would like to see addressed in the first round. We have a crying need for someone who can put pressure on the QB from the edge and set the edge on run-defense. Brian Burns or Jachia Polite or Clellin Ferril could be really good fits. Da'shawn Hand has been pretty good and Damon Harrison has been awesome but this draft has some really good interior lineman. Dexter Lawrence could be a game wrecker for us in will likely be available when we pick. Same goes for Christian Wilkins, Jeffrey Simmons, Jerry Tillery or Rashan Gary. What would you prioritize: edge rusher or disruptive interior defender?
  2. Bruce Irvin Cut--Is He Worth A Look?

    I read that Bruce Irvin is going to be cut: https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/11/03/report-raiders-cut-bruce-irvin/ We need better edge rushing in the worst way. Do you think he would make a decent pick-up for the Lions?
  3. Potential Personnel Moves

    I just read an article that Jon Gruden is shopping Karl Joseph and could be shopping Amari Cooper also: https://sports.yahoo.com/report-raiders-shopping-former-first-163641362.html I think Gruden has lost his mind but maybe the Lions can benefit from his insanity. Gareon Conley or Karl Joseph would be great additions to our defense.
  4. Potential Personnel Moves

    I read a couple of interesting things this morning. The Lions brought in Tank Carradine for a look. He was playing pretty will with the 49rs once they figured out he wasn't very good at trying to play at 295Lbs. He was cut by the Raiders but considering the state of the coaching staff that wouldn't scare me. I think he could be another under-the-radar signing that could provide decent production. I also read the Deone Buchanon is on the trading block. He may be mostly an in-the-box safety but he has been pretty good in the past. Should we take a shot?
  5. Erick Flowers--Could He Thrive As A Guard?

    Erick Flowers was pretty bad as a LT. He always seemed more of a RT to me. He is listed at 6'6" and 315Lbs so he has decent size. However, could he be most suited to playing inside at guard? I think the Lions should kick the tires on him if he is willing to slide inside to guard. He may not be a very good tackle but at the very least, he could be decent depth as a back-up guard. Who knows, maybe a change of scenery could help him become a decent backup at RT. Thoughts?
  6. Bye Week Review

    Now that we have reached the bye week, I thought it would be nice to get everyone's take on the team. I am sure there will be a lot if agreement on certain things but I am curious to see what we disagree on. With that said, here is my take: Our rookie class and free agents/trades: Ragnow and Hand have been pretty much indispensable as rookies. Johnson has been a huge boost to our running game. Walker is getting significant playing time and is playing fairly well. Devon Kenard has been pretty good in pass rush and decent against the run. Okwara has exceeded all expectations. Blount has been as advertised. Christian Jones has been somewhat disappointing. Eli Harold has exceeded expectations also. Overall, Bob Quinn did a really nice job with the players he chose to bring in this year. Kudos to him. If I had to grade him it would be a B+. He gets a bit of a downgrade of not adding better D-line additions. Offense: At times, the offense hasn't been very good. At times it has been fairly good. We have finally shown a consistent running game. Still it would be nice to see the offense be more consistent and more explosive. Our WRs are doing a really good job. We are getting very little production from our TE's and that needs to change. The O-Line has been much improved and they might get better as the season progresses. Johnson, Blount and Riddick are solid but it would be nice to see them more on swing and screen passes. Stafford has been solid but it seems like he is just a little bit out of sync. I am not sure if it is him or JBC. Overall I give them a B. Defense: Obviously, our D-Line is a work in progress. They don't generate much pass rush and are still trying to figure out how to be decent against the run. Any improvement on defense is going to have to start with the D-Line. The one thing the is really confounding is the disappearance of A'Shawn Robinson. Our LBs have provided most of our pass rush but have been inconsistent against the run and spotty in pass coverage (not just Jarrad Davis). Our secondary is the heart of our defense. If their play goes down hill we are in serious trouble on defense. Overall, I give them a C+. Special Teams: I don't know what happened but our coverage units haven't been very good. This is another area that needs to be tightened up. Prater is still Prater and Sam Martin is rounding into shape. Overall, I give them a B Coaching: JBC is doing a solid but not spectacular job. Personally, I think he needs to show a more aggressive/attacking style. On defense, I don't see Pasquoloni coming back after this season. I think he was brought in to help Patricia transition into the head-coaching position. His comments about sacks being over-rated is a good example of why he shouldn't be brought back. We are terrible against the run. He does a good job of generating pass rush with our LBs and creating coverage sacks but the performance of our front-seven shouldn't be so inconsistent. I think Patricia is a good coach who is still finding his way as a head coach. Expecting to instantly morph into the second coming of Bill Belichick is unrealistic and unfair. He is obviously going through some growing pains. Still, I think he has a bright future if he can get our run-defense straightened out and prod more consistency out of our offense. Overall, I give the coaching staff a C+. What I am hoping to see: As stated above, I am hoping to see a more aggressive and more consistent offense. Our offense has the potential to be lights out but it doesn't quite seem to maximize its potential. Getting any kind of production from our TE's would complete our offense. I hope that our run-defense improves to middle of the pack (gotta have realistic expectations). I really hope our special teams coverage gets back to what it was last year or at least closer to the top-10. Players who I want to see more of: Jalen Reeves-Maybin: This kid is fast and makes solid plays when he is in the game. He might be our best hope at having a good coverage LB. Miles Killibrew. He wasn't doing well as a safety so he moved to LB. I think he could surprise some people after the bye week. He has the physical talent but he has to get better between the ears. Eli Harold: I think he could end up being a really smart pick-up by Bob Quinn. This might be the perfect defense for his skill set. I think his play will continue to improve as he gets more familiar with the playbook. He might not be a pro-bowler but he could be a solid starter if he continues to improve. Brandon Powell: I think he could replace Jamal Agnew as a gadget/jet-sweep player. They kept him on the active roster for a reason. What does everyone else think?
  7. I have watched every game this year and I noticed that we don't run very many RB screens. We run some WR screens but very few RB screens. Theo Riddick and Kerryon Johnson should do pretty well on screen passes. Blount would be a scary sight for a DB or LB if he was running out of the backfield on a screen. Abdullah has enough wiggle to be effective on screens also. Thoughts?
  8. Patricia's Multiple Defense=Schwart's 9-Wide?

    During his last season in college Kerryon Johnson had hamstring, shoulder and rib injuries. I am not saying he is injury prone but he might not be physically ready to handle 20-25 rushes per week.
  9. Patricia's Multiple Defense=Schwart's 9-Wide?

    He also had a bunch of injury problems in has last year. Something to consider.
  10. Patricia's Multiple Defense=Schwart's 9-Wide?

    I know everyone is making a big deal about Kerryon Johhson playing more but he is still a rookie. If we push him too hard early, he will hit the rookie wall hard. That wouldn't be good for Johnson or the Lions.
  11. I hate to make the comparison after 4 games but the results from Matt Patricia's multiple defense is starting to look an awful lot like Jim Schwartz's 9-Wide Defense. Schwartz let his pride prevent him from making the changes required to get his defense on track. I really hope Matt Patricia doesn't make the same mistake. I read that one of the Cowboys O-Lineman said that they new what the Lions were going to call on their defense on a lot of plays. I am not up for panicking after four games but bold moves might be needed. Paul Pasqualoni may be helpful due to his head coaching experience but I am not sure he is getting it done as our Defensive Coordinator. Lets hope the Lions go can get a win next Sunday and go into their by on a positive note. I hope the fact that the Packers played a real slobber-knocker of a game works in our favor. Thoughts?
  12. Teez Tabor--Is His Long-Term Future at Safety

    The one thing I noticed over the last two games is the Tracy Walker is getting some significant playing time. He made a really nice play that was called back by the penalty on Diggs. Seeing as Glover Quinn is getting up there in age, we really need him to develop sooner rather than later. Reeves-Maybin made a really nice play also. Desean Hand has been getting a lot of playing time and playing pretty well. Ragnow is developing nicely and played pretty well against the Patriots. I think Ragnow, Johnson, Reeves-Mayben, Walker and Hand are flashing and could really be important pieces of our team going forward.
  13. Our D-Line Is Terrible--If You Had to Make A Trade...

    I could see trying to get Trevon Coley from the Browns also. Heck, I would be open to promoting John Atkins from the Practice Squad roster. At least he has some serious size and could be a decent space eater to help free up our LBs.
  14. Teez Tabor--Is His Long-Term Future at Safety

    I hope I am wrong but his first extended stint at CB went pretty badly. Moving to S is definitely an option as far as I am concerned.
  15. Our D-line is horrible even with Ziggy Ansah. If you had to make a realistic trade who would you go after? A couple of rumors have been going around about Malcom Brown from the Patriots but that is too obvious. My ideal candidate: Michael Brockers from the Rams. They just paid Aaron Donald a ton of money. Even if they let Suh walk after this season, they can't tie up that much money on two DTs. Thoughts?