What Detroit Lions fans have known pretty much since week 15 (some figured this out even earlier), is that former New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was going to be the next head coach. After a failure to make the playoffs this past season, Jim Caldwell‘s time was up. It was officially announced this past Monday, and there was great rejoicing among One Pride Nation.
After years of mediocre success and playoff losses, the Lions are finally starting to put something together it seems. Bob Quinn was brought in to take this team to the next level and he feels that Matt Patricia is the one to do it.
He was officially introduced today at a press conference. He came looking more polished then he normally does on the Patriots sideline.
The Detroit Lions picked a tight end with their first pick in the 2014 draft, Eric Ebronout of North Carolina. Most were surprised. At the time, the Lions had just signed tight end Brandon Pettigrew to a 4-year deal. He proceeded to put a lackluster year together with lots of drops, just like Pettigrew.
In fact, most of his career he has been plagued with drops. He would go back and forth with Lions fans on Twitter about that issue. As his career went on, he wouldn’t argue as much, but he did change his tune. He promised to work on the drops. Continue reading “The Improvement of Eric Ebron”→
Handle your business and win. Get some help from a couple of teams, and the Lions could get into the playoffs. Easy enough. In their last 4 games, the Lions faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Chicago Bears, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers. They were favored in all of them. They beat both the Buccaneers and the Bears. Today they had to go on the road and face the 5-11 Bengals who were thoroughly beaten by the Vikings and the Bears.
This game should be no problem. Despite a slow start from both teams, tight end Eric Ebron scored on a pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford. Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay was getting calls, breaking up passes. But the game took a slow turn. The Bengals scored a touchdown in the 3rd quarter to make the score 13-10. Lions fans just started to get “That Feeling”. That some way, somehow, this team was going to lose to the Bengals. Continue reading “Week 16: Detroit Lions Pride Report”→
It’s that time of year again where I’m sure your twitter feed is getting filled with RTs from people who are trying to get their team’s nominee to win the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. The Walter Payton Man of The Year Award goes to the player who is involved in their community off the field.
Each team nominates a player who they feel is most deserving. The winner will get a total of $500,000, with half going to the winner’s charity of choice, and the other half going to Character Playbook. Character Playbook is a digital learning initiative that helps children learn how to build character, and develop good interpersonal skills. This is an initiative between the NFL and United Way.
Yes, there are parties for hosting, marshmallows for roasting, and caroling out in the snow.
But there’s also football for watching and talking and tweeting about. Nothing says “Home For The Holidays” like when the Cowboys Fan Faction of your family meet up with the Redskins Fan Faction of the family, mixed in with the Steeler fans and the trash talking ensues. (Which is really my family Y’all!)
And there’s also Christmas lists for wishing and hoping. For our inaugural Christmas, I asked the OurTurf writers what they wanted most for their teams for Christmas. The answers were great and I hope that these wishes go straight from this post to Santa’s ears. So, for everyone’s enjoyment, here are what some of the ladies from OurTurf’s Christmas Wishes want for their team!
The Lions have owned the Bears in the past few years. But when it’s a division rival, it’s different. Back in week 11 when they played in Chicago, running back Jordan Howard had 125 yards rushing and the Bears jumped out to a 10-0 lead. The Lions finally got their act together and won the game. This game was different. The Lions came out and scored right away. Yes, it was a field goal, but it was something.
The Lions have had slow starts these past few games. Early scoring was a good thing. The Lions just about pitched a shutout during the first half, only allowing a field goal by at the end of the half. The Lions drastically improved their run defense this game by only allowing 43 rushing yards. In Week 11, they gave up 222 yards rushing. Quarterback Matthew Staffordwas able to make very impressive plays against a tough Bears defense. The most impressive was a 2nd quarter pass to wide receiver Marvin Jones, Jr.
The Lions were facing an opponent this week that on paper, appeared pretty evenly matched. Both teams are having mediocre seasons so far. Each team has playoff aspirations. Each team has had impressive wins but also had some not so impressive losses. They also had the same record going into this game. In order for the Lions to keep their playoff hopes alive, winning this game was paramount.
Yesterday was a day to give thanks. While I was (and still am) very thankful for plenty of things, the way the Detroit Lions played yesterday, wasn’t one of them. The Lions played their division rival Minnesota Vikings. The last few Thanksgivings the Lions had some pretty impressive victories, including last year against the Vikings as well.