Remembering Gunther Cunningham

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

On May 13th it was announced that former Kansas City Chiefs head coach, and former Chiefs, Raiders, and Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham had passed over the weekend.

For the Lions, he served as both a defensive coordinator under former head coach Jim Schwartz and then a defensive analyst for the Lions when he retired.

Born in Germany, he came to the United States as a child, shortly after World War II ended. At the time, he didn’t speak English but used football to help get acclimated to America.  He ended up having college coaching stints at Oregon, California, Stanford and Arkansas.

After his college career, he spent some time in Canada in the CFL.  In 1982, he came back to the States and began his NFL Coaching career; first with the Colts, then moving on to Kansas City.

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NFC North: Teams Improved Both Sides of the Ball

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @Wandaw63

There is one thing we must all keep in mind; not all college prospects translate to an NFL player.  We also must keep in mind that not all scouts and NFL experts get it right either.

So let’s see how well the NFC North did.

Chicago Bears: Iowa State, RB David Montgomery; Georgia, WR Riley Ridley; Kansas State, CB Duke Shelley; Florida Atlantic, RB Kerrith Whyte; Valdosta State, CB Stephen Denmark.

The Bears won the NFC North last season with a 12-4 record. Without any picks in the first two rounds, the Bears had to take the best player available while filling team needs. With that being said, the Bears chose a running back to replace Jordan Howard, whom they traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. Montgomery fits what Nagy wants to do with a three-down back. Fans did not expect the Bears to pick a wide receiver with their next pick but Ridley was still on the board, and with these two new additions they give quarterback Mitchell Trubisky more firepower.

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NFL good guys give back: NFC

OTFB Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

The desire to promote the welfare of others. That is the first definition when Googling ‘philanthropy’. It then goes on to talk about donations of money. Yes, money is helpful – so is a person’s time.

In this article, I highlight some of my favorite NFC players who do just that, donate their time.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is a traveler, philanthropist, photographer and father. Fitzgerald donates a lot of time to community programs in Arizona where he plays for the Cardinals. This past fall, he held a Women’s Clinic.

Our very own reporter, Page Denny, was at his event representing Our Turf Football. She shares these pics from his Field of Smiles Presentation. One knows that these young women have benefited by spending time with Larry Fitzgerald. Each of them takes home with her something positive to enhance the community she lives in, for the better. 

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Did Lions GM Bob Quinn get inspiration from Ariana Grande?

Sonja Greenfield, Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

If you have a child that is 9 years old or older, or if you’re just into the what the kids are listening to on the radio/iTunes/Spotify, etc. you more than likely have gotten a chance to hear Ariana Grande’s song 7 Rings.

In it, she talks about how she likes to buy stuff.  While it can get a little repetitive (“I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it”), one of the lines makes me laugh.  “Happiness is the same price as red bottoms.”

Well apparently, Bob Quinn either has a kid that is around my daughter’s ages or he’s just an Ariana Grande fan. Cause he wanted it, and he got it.  Quinn got the free agency negotiation period started with a bang.

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Why the Lions need to nail this draft

Sonja Greenfield, OTFB Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

The Detroit Lions will be picking 8th in this year’s draft. It will be the 2nd draft for head coach Matt Patricia and the 4th for general manager Bob Quinn. And while it’s “early” in the Patricia/Quinn era, they need to hit big.

Lions fans have been chomping at the bit for the team to be regular Super Bowl contenders, and always in the playoff mix.  When it was announced that Quinn was to be the general manager, most were hopeful that the Patriot Way was coming to Detroit. Throw in Matt Patricia and some of us Lions fans were thinking we’re the Patriots West and on the road to winning multiple Super Bowls.

Then reality set in and the Lions had a “disappointing” season.  They finished 6-10 and last in the NFC North. The team is at a sort of crossroads.

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Dear Saints Fans

Sonja Greenfield, Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Hi Who Dats!

It’s me, Sonja.  Congrats on an amazing 2018 season!  I was hoping your team was going to make it to the Super Bowl.  Can’t have enough 40+year-old quarterbacks there, right?  I would have really liked to see Drew Brees cap off an MVP caliber year and ride off into the sunset with a Super Bowl victory.  I’m sorry that it can’t happen because of officiating.  And that is an awful position to be in.  As a Detroit Lions fan, I, unfortunately, know all too well about poor officiating leading to bad outcomes.

Where shall I start?

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Lions hire offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell

Sonja Greenfield Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

 

With former offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter gone, the Lions have hired former Seahawks offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevel.   Bevel was fired in Seattle after the 2017 season when the Seahawks went 9-7 and missed the playoffs.

During his tenure as offensive coordinator with the Seahawks, they won a Super Bowl but also lost a Super Bowl on a play that will be remembered for a long, long time…

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The Lions beat Green Bay 31-0; secure 8th pick in the draft

Sonja Greenfield Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Detroit Lions 31 – Green Bay Packers 0

 

Some Lions fans are upset this New Year’s Eve.

According to them, the Lions can’t even tank correctly.

 

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Low Expectations for the Detroit Lions

Sonja Greenfield Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Head coach Matt Patricia’s first year is almost up.

I’m disappointed. Not in the team at all, but in myself.

It’s what football does to you.  You get your hopes all up and excited about a new season, and then boom.  It all comes crashing down.  One would think that as a Lions fan, that I wouldn’t fall for it.  But this year got me.

This season came with the hope of finally being able to right the ship and making it to the playoffs.  And to even up the ante on the hope, perhaps even get that elusive playoff win.  All thanks to the hiring of former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia by a former Patriots front office person, GM Bob Quin.

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Matthew Stafford is the Detroit Lions nominee for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year

Sonja Greenfield Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

“To whom much is given, much is required”

That was something that my mom used to always tell me as a kid, and sometimes now even though I consider myself grown!  But honestly, it took until I was grown to really understand what this meant.  Now that I really get it, I think it’s a wonderful way to describe the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford has been the leader of this Detroit Lions team for 10 seasons.  He has been a comeback player of the year, his name has been tossed around in both MVP conversations and trade conversations among fans.   But one thing you can’t deny about John Matthew Stafford is his commitment to the Detroit community.

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