Just Want A Title Posted January 1 Share Posted January 1 (edited) The Lions played a good game today. They did what is generally expected: they beat a not-very-good Bears Team. It was good to the offense get the running game back on-track. The run-defense was a little shaky in the first quarter but settled down without causing too much damage. Any win is a good win. Hopefully, this will be something that can build on and create some late season momentum. That said: Coaching: - It was a little concerning to see the run-defense get off to a shaky start against the Bears. The managed to make the right adjustments to contain Justin Fields and David Montgomery after the first quarter though. AG had the players in a better position to keep Justin Fields contained as as the game progressed. They still have some things to tighten-up on defense if they are going to make any noise at all in the post-season - This was the first game of the year where our special teams play was a little flat. It didn't change the outcome of the game but that kind of lapse against a better team could be problematic - The Lions have gotten much more consistent production from their TEs as the season has progressed. The Lions are creating a tough-to-defend 3-headed monster in Brock Wright, Shane Zylstra and James Mitchell. I think the offense is much better when things are clicking the the TEs in the passing game. - I think the coaching staff is taking the right approach with Jameson Williams. He may not be getting a huge number of snaps but that is OK. He needs to make plays and earn more playing time rather than it being simply given to him. Offense: - Jared Goff continues to play really good football. He had completions to 10 different receivers. He has made big strides in how he responds to being pressured which has helped limit our turnovers on offense. He has also gotten better with his accuracy and ball-placement He deserves a lot of credit for his improvement and his overall play this season. His ability to go through his progressions and find the open receiver really stands out right now. - D'Andre Swift had the kind of game we have been waiting for since Week 1. Granted, he feasted on a Bears defense that isn't very good. Hopefully, he will have a similar impact next week against the Packers - Jamal Williams had a really good game as well. I am hoping he and D'Andre Swift can carry that into the game next week - Jameson Williams on that Jet sweep was executed really well. He showed off his speed as well as his under-rated elusiveness. He did a nice job of following his blockers. The threat of that play could create a lot of problems for opposing defenses. - Penei Sewell deserves a shout-out on the Jameson Williams jet sweep. He made a really good block downfield to spring him for a good chuck of extra yardage. - The O-Line as a group played pretty well today. They needed a game like this to get their swagger back. - Brock Wright, Shane Zylstra and James Mitchell are giving the offense a very hard-to-defend option. Brock Wight has been making steady improvements. Shane Zylstra seems to create a fair amount of match-up problems. James Mitchell seems to know how to find the open spots in a defense. Kudos to Brad Holmes for finding solid contributors from two UDFAs and fifth-round draft pick. The coaching staff deserves a ton of credit for developing them and getting this level of production. Defense: - Our defense has to get better in the first quarter. We know their offense would be keyed by the running of Justin Fields. He ran for over 100 yards in the first quarter. It wasn't a deal-breaker against the Bears but good teams will not let you get away with that - James Houston is turning into a very well-rounded player. He had a key block on special teams against Jacksonville. Running down Justin Fields and creating fumble was a really good play. Notching a few more sacks doesn't hurt either - Josh Pascal finally had something close to a break-out game. He notched a couple of sacks and did a better job setting the edge as the game progressed. - John Cominsky continues to be a really good complimentary player. He notched a sack and was pretty disruptive today - Kerby Joseph may not be the best tackler yet but he is starting to make plays at the line of scrimmage and at the first down markers rather than just playing "deep centerfield". As with the rest of the defense, he should be dinged for letting Justin Fields run wild early but he settle down after the first quarter - Adain Hutchinson was all over the field today. Some of his best football showed up when he backed off enough to keep Justin Fields contained. He showed a really high football IQ - Alim McNeil and Isaiah Buggs have been pretty good but they need a third DT can help keep them fresh. Right now, we are scheming around it. That might explain why our run-defense is falling off late in the season. Front Office: - One thing that deserves mentioning is just how good of a job Brad Holmes has done with adding talent to the roster that was bereft of talent-especially on defense. In two off-seasons he has added: Penei Sewell, Alim McNeil, Amon Ra St Brown, Jamal Williams, Jerry Jacobs, Brock Wright, Aidan Hutchinson, Kerby Joseph, James Houston, Malcom Rodriguez, Derrick Barnes, Isaiah Buggs, John Cominsky, DeShon Elliot, and Shane Zylstra. All of these player either foundational players of significant contributors to our rebuild. - I never thought I would write something like this but the Lions ownership also deserves a lot of credit. Sheila Ford Hamp has helped create more excitement around the Lions in the last two years than we have seen in a long time The Lions did a lot of good things today but it is important to remember that Chicago isn't a very good team. The most important thing they did was not play down to their opponents level. The Lions have made more progress than most people expected this year. Hopefully they can end the season on a positive note in Green Bay. Edited January 1 by Just Want A Title Forgot something 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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