Here is a post I saw on Mlive today, and I thought I'd start with it. Another person claimed Rod was a dunce who was screwing up the team as bad as Millen. I disagree, and so did this individual. I like his response, so here it is:
"Posted by stickety on 03/12/08 at 9:02PM
1. Gave Kalimba $20 million... - That was Rod's mistake? I could swear Millen was behind that decision, even referring to Kalimba as a "comer."
2. Gave Corey $50 million- Clearly, this mistake is Marinelli's. However, to be fair, Redding was coming off a huge season, and Rod wanted to reward him for his hard work. Once again, it's the GM's job to make these type of big picture evaluations. It's pretty unfair to put this all on Rod.
3. Agree that Kitna is the answer...- So, you would have passed on Ernie Sims and drafted Leinart? I wouldn't have. They had just signed Kitna AND McCown, a promising young quarterback. They also liked Dan O. a lot at the time. I just don't see how you can classify this move as a mistake... Do you really think Leinart or Cutler would have turned this franchise around? I don't.
4. Draft Drew Stanton- I blame Rod for not fighting harder for a linebacker, but that was a 100% MILLEN pick. Martz told the MUSTACHE that he wanted either Trent Edwards or Drew Stanton. The MUSTACHE had a man crush on Stanton and didn't want to see him get swiped up, so he REACHED. Once again, you're blaming Marinelli for something that is clearly the GM's responsibility.
5. Keeping Joe Cullen- I think that what Marinelli has done in regards to Cullen is admirable. Instead of taking the safe route by firing him, he's tried to help the guy get his life together. Criticizing Marinelli for this is cheap and stupid.
6. Declare that the Lions "are close to being an elite team"- What in the hell is your problem with that? What's he supposed to say - we suck. The man is trying to convince these guys that they can be an elite team. One way to do that is by showing confidence in your guys.
* Yes, Rod has made some mistakes, but you vastly overstated his deficiencies. Remember, he took a team that "knowledgable sports fans thought would win 5 games," and won seven.
My point is this: 90% of Lions' fans are idiots(I'm not referring to you). They ALWAYS blame the coach and the quarterback no matter what the circumstance. They ALWAYS want the Lions to make the flashy draft pick or free agent signing. They NEVER want the Lions to address the offensive line with anything other than a 5th or 6th round pick.
These type of fans resent Marinelli because he has substance. He's not the typical bullsh*tter that the Lions put through the ringer. Give the man a chance. Do you really want to see a new coach bring in a brand new system next year? I don't.
IN ROD I TRUST."
I'm taking a break from the draft today. I still would like to see more ideas on yesterdays post - maybe even with probable trade partners, etc.
I was thinking about Safety again after reading the Tampa Bay is not going to re-sign Pearson. Silly move on their part. They gave him the lowest tender, which means as a UDFA, they get no compensation from the Lions if they choose not to match. Compare that to, say, the high tender the Lions gave Peterman. If anyone signs him to an offer sheet, and the Lions don't match, they would get a third round pick.
After last year, I really didn't think the Bucs would gamble on any more players they wanted to keep if Detroit might even possibly be interested in them. While looking through old quotes and thoughts form last year, I came across some interesting info on Dwayne White. I forgot to save the source with it, and I honestly can't remember where I came across it.
In summary of it, the Lions essentially forced Tampa to start Gaines Adams last year, to less than spectacular results. They knew they were going to be releasing Rice - he had been injured for a few years in a row, and wasn't worth what he was taking up under the cap. White had been a solid back-up, who was ready to move into a starting role. They wanted to get a younger pass-rusher to develop in the draft, and were hoping to have him rotate in with White and learn the D for a couple of years before starting full time.
Since he had been a backup, and wasn't really well known in league circles, they figured they could get off cheap re-signing him. They extended a decent, but not thrilling offer -- but big enough they figured it would take most other teams out of the running on an unknown backup. Then, Rod Marinelli -- his longtime position coach -- swoops in and offers him starter money to come to Detroit. While White's contract isn't small by any means, it sure does look puny compared to the one, say, Justin Smith got this off season. White said he was all ready to stay in Tampa Bay, but he couldn't resist the chance play for Rod Marinelli again -- and show Rod he was the starter that Rod envisioned him to be.
This year, the Bucs gambled no one would match the offer sheet (957,000 yr) they extended to Pearson. After all, he rarely - if ever - played his listed position as a DB; He was one of their special teams leader, and filled in if needed for injury situations. (What Rod calls positional flexibility). Pro-Bowl Special Teams Linebacker from the Bears (Oyanbedjo?) got over 1.5 mil a year from Baltimore just to play special teams, though. (Like Pearson, when with the Bears he played little if any time at LB). The Lions get Pearson to shore up what was one of the worst coverage and kickoff units - and they do it for about 1.08 mil a year. The average player salary on the 53 man roster is 2.25 mil. When Devin Hester is in your division some sure tacklers on special teams is not a luxury -- it is a necessity.
As I look at it, the Lions may even keep Blue if he plays special teams well. No one complained when Donte' Curry and Anthony Cannon we listed as LB's and only played special teams. It doesn't really matter what the position is -- if they can play an additional role as a reserve, and be an ace on special teams coverage units - then they are worth a couple of roster spots. If you take a close look - every team has them. And they aren't always LBs.
I like the move.
One question I saw indicated that all of these 3 year contracts could hurt the Lions cap wise. The answer is: No. Most of these guys are NOT getting signing bonuses. Teams take a cap "hit" when they drop a player if that player has pro-rated signing bonus money that has been spread out over the life of his contract that is going to be accelerated (Like BMW last year) or that will count against them for what would have been the duration of the original contract (Why Joey and Crog hit the Lions for so long.)
In this case, even if 3 of the guys with 3 year contracts all got 1 mil signing bonuses-- and were all cut in the second year (not likely) there would be a 2 mil cap hit (one time) or 1 mil a year for two years.
Part of Millen's problem early was giving huge signing bonuses to every FA - and then when they didn't work out, it put pressure on the cap that is only now finally easing a little bit with 2 off seasons of more solid signings.