How’s the preseason going for the good ol’ Black and Blue division? Not too shabby actually. As we reach the halfway point to preseason games, let’s see how the teams are looking.
The Lions started to show some signs of life, the Bears kicker competition is getting real, the Vikings head coach mixed up his tobacco and his sunflower seeds, and the Packers sort of have some of the same questions as the Lions do. I’ll get into that more in a few! Continue reading “The NFC North round up, preseason week 2”→
Megatron. For those who love the game, that is how we’ll always remember Calvin Johnson and his talented, explosive time with the Detroit Lions. Oh, and for helping us to understand that we really don’t know what a catch is…
Drafted #2 overall in 2007 by the Lions, Johnson immediately became an elite receiver, holding both team and NFL records that still stand and making six trips to the Pro Bowl.
In March of 2012, he signed an eight-year extension for a cool $132 million, with $60 million guaranteed. He then went on to set the NFL record for most receiving yards in a single season at 1,964. Clearly, getting paid motivated him to continue producing on the field.
And then, in a move that not only shocked fans and is still talked about today, he announced his retirement in March of 2016 due to concerns for his long-term health if he continued to play the game of professional football.
It’s been a pretty eventful offseason for the NFC North teams. Free agency has brought some good players into the mix, as my fellow reporter Wanda Wiedman has mentioned. New coaches and coordinators have been hired, and the teams are looking to solidify themselves with a successful draft.
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.
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…
According to them, the Lions can’t even tank correctly.
I don’t get this tanking crowd, they told us we needed a top 10 Pick just 4 weeks ago and now that we’ve dropped from 5th to 8th in the draft order they act like it’s end of the world, it’s still a top 10 Pick. What the heck #OnePride
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.
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.
The St. Louis Rams came to town and pretty much did what was expected. They won, but it wasn’t as much of a slaughter fest as originally thought. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t pretty, but it wasn’t a bloodbath! Though there was some hope when left tackle Taylor Decker scored a touchdown to make the score 16-13.
However, all hope was lost when the Rams defense did their thing. Quarterback Matthew Stafford got hit by defensive tackle Aaron Donald and fumbled the ball in the 4th quarter, and the Rams were able to score and pulled away from the Lions. The Rams were able to win their division, and the Lions are looking forward to the draft. Once again.
I’m really not asking this in a philosophical and/or rhetorical way. If I’m being honest, they’re something different every week. At this point, what can we really expect from this team? That’s another question for another post.
Last night, the Lions were again brought into the national spotlight. This time by legendary game show host, and insurance spokesperson, Alex Trebek.