Great comments by all this ifseason! Plenty of great points on free agency, and the additions of the right types of players, etc.
I'm in Lansing - West Side. Maybe next year I'll have to do a "DF79 Afternoon" at Rookies or something so all us Lansing area fans can get together. We'll see.
Well, the Lions have a DC. I haven't had much time to look into his background, but did find some good reads about his personality at Mlive, as well as a great background piece by a Chiefs blogger on Pride of Detroit, and his interview with the Freep here.
My general consensus view is that he likes an attacking pressure D, which is what he ran successfully in his first stint as the KC DC. He was in over his head an a HC, and ended up as LB coach under Schwartz his first 3 years in Tennesee. He hasn't had a lot of success as of late with the KC defense, but he has been running a T2 for them as that is what his boss, Herm Edwards, wanted him to run. Not his cup of tea.
As far as I can tell from the different reports, KC initially said "No" to talking with him, but then changed their minds and told him if we wanted to go, he could. I think they figured even if Herm stayed, a new DC was likely if not this year, next -- and decided to let the Gun, as he is called down there, do what was best for him.
Cunningham and Shcwartz have worked well together before, and with his experience he should be able to help put together the kind of defense that makes use of players, not just scheme, that Schwartz has indicated he wants to run. I disagree that he only did well when he had great players -- KC has drafted as bad as Detroit in the last few years. Couple that with running a defense he didn't believe in and well...you get the picture. Not to mention -- they were running a T2 and they let traded his top DE! Pretty hard to pressure in a T2 in that situation... no matter who you are.
We'll just have to wait and see, but if he and schwartz go with a style of D that is a mix of the late 90's KC Defense, and the 2000's Tennesee D then the Lions will be in great shape!!
As for players, that will all depend on if Mayhew-Lewand keeps up the good work they are doing so far. The Draft and Free Agency will be a big look on how they are doing.
Next up? Another Coordinator who isn't happy with the schemes he was forced to run, or the personnel situation he was dealt, or how the franchise treated him: Brian Schottenheimer.
I've read that he is both irritated that he didn't get the HC spot, but moreso because it was due to his "failures" as OC -- you know, running a more conservative offense for "Mangenius" than he wanted, and not being able to get beyond an elementary offense because he got saddled with Brett "I might retire but I might not" Favre on the downside of his career - and with no knowledge of the playbook, virtually after camp was over. yeah -- that really helped his offense. And they got rid of the QB who knew the offense best - Chad Pennington - to boot! Not sure I'm sold on him, but I think that Schottenheimer or Linehan if he'll come are the top two options right now. We'll have to see what he does...
Glad the "Peppers" piece gave everyone a good laugh -- it was meant as a general piece on building a team and managing an NFL roster; Only the last line was really meant to be about Peppers (other than the "Onion leaving for the Stats" bit.)