Just some random thoughts on the stories of the day to cap off our weekend here, pending breaking news on the coordinators front. Filling out staff is Schwartz's next priority. While I like the idea of Jeremy Bates, who called plays for Denver's high-powered offense last season as OC I'm not too high on Cunningham as DC. He didn't do so well in KC in his second stint and many sources feel he has lost a few steps (he is 62).
On the free-agent front, there is a rumor out there that Schwartz and the Lions are interested in PR/KR-CB Chris Carr. He fits the type of FA the Lions are targeting this Ifseason, and I think he would be a good pick-up.
Pat Caputo of the Morning Sun seems to think that the Lions are taking a better approach hiring a coach instead of a system this time out. Speaking of hiring, someone with the Freep did a half-baked attempt at looking at how hiring assistants has turned out as far as NFL coaches - but he didn't just rate Corrdinators, but guys who were position coaches as well, and didn't look at all of them. So what is the point?? No idea, but it may be a decent read.
There are some musings here about the first pick in the draft. I will have much more on this later in the ifseason - so consider this just a mini-primer. Even more absurd musing by BVO about Julis Peppers here! LOL -- when was the last time anyone gave up 2 1sts for a player like that? Jared Allen is a premier pass rusher of similar age, and last season he went for a 1-3-4, I believe -- and the 1 was #18. His team was trying to offload him in a youth movement, so he wasn't even demanding out. In this case, Carolina has no leverage whatsoever. It is an interesting thought (if they should decide to go to a 3-4) picking him up as it would definitely solidify the LB with Sims, Avril, Dizon, and Peppers -- but I haven't taken the time to look at it fully.
Finally, want to say to the Wize Chief that our thoughts and prayers are with you, and we feel for your tragic loss. Shoot me an email if there is anything I can do.