I have a random cacophony of articles and odds and ends thoughts hanging around to share, so this post may be a bit more eclectic than usual.
Also, quick bit of notice: Tomorrow I may write a blog, but on Sunday and Monday the DetFan1979 Clan will be on vacation. Please keep the comments and the commentary coming! I'll weigh in on the Superbowl, and other ifseason matters once again upon my return either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Kevin Siefert indicates that the Lions are homing in on James "Shack" Harris formerly of Jacksonville as their new director of player personnel. His record is mixed, but he has done his best work in later rounds, where the Lions have struggled. Not sure about this one yet, so I'll reserve judgement.
New Poll up -- Lewand mentioned the possibility of a change in uniforms/logo? at the town hall meetings the Lions held for fans. I have two examples of possibilities up along the side -- so weigh in on your logo choice!
In a stunning turnabout, a starting caliber player for another team wants to come to Detroit to play. No, seriously. Larry Foote, a starting LB with the Pittsburgh Steelers wants to finish up his career in his native Detroit. If Mayhew could secure him for a 5th round choice (wish we had a 4th) it would be a coup for the Lions' LB corps.
This is an older article, but Mike O'Hara had some good points. What I almost choked on was him stating the Lions' Scouts were respected around the league. Come again?? Couldn't all be Millen ignoring everyone right?
How about wrong. But that information is way too long for tonight. I'm going to do a special piece when I get back to explain the following statement: I think the Lions will significantly improve on their drafting ability and rival the best teams in the league when it comes to drafting acumen... IF... they stick to their plan. And I think they will.
As for the mighty Millen... I don't care what this reporter thinks, he didn't have to put up with Millen's closed minded "I know better than you" attitude as he ran the Lions franchise further into the ground than any other team in NFL history for 8 YEARS. Sorry, the man can make a living - fine. But don't call Lions fans silly, or ask them to come out in grand support of him. I know what I'm going to do if they bring him on - hit mute. "A peek behind the curtain at the wizard" gives him insight? He WAS the wizard, you moron! And he stunk at it. Why would I trust his evaluation or analysis on if a move or a player was good or bad? He proved he has no clue during his time in Detroit. The only reason he has any credibility with those losers is that Detroit was such a laughing stock while he was in charge, the national media ignored it.
This is a pretty objective article analyzing the Lions' coaching hires for HC/DC/OC. Very good read, and little I disagree with in there.
Linehan hasn't named his 2009 starter yet at QB. You know it is early ifseason when that's news! Thank goodness though, as it seems the staff and front office are taking a long, hard, objective look at each player's performance, potential, salary-to-contribution ratio, etc. before making personnel decisions. About time!! He also went over some good points in this article from Detroit Lions.com about how he is feeling about the offensive pieces in place, and what needs to be added.
For those of you chomping at the bit for prospect rankings, or to know who the top lookers are right now, the National Football Post has updated players rankings -- for what those are worth at this point.
Such speculation is also swirling around the top pick. This publication (and apparently the league) think the Lions are going Stafford #1. Huh? Plenty of time to get away from that later. The one think I expect Mayhew to do at this point is the unexpected. That says to me right now no Stafford. Mooch thinks he'd rather have a Matt Cassel than take a chance on either of the "top" QB's this year. I'm inclined to agree - at least Cassel can flourish in the right situation. That is a much greater known than anything about the pro prospects of Stafford or Sanchez. Killer gave good info on why Kiper is so pro-Stafford despite the questions.
This ESPN story of sliders/risers is intriguing. Again, worth an early read to get a feel for the talent pool out there. Who is available to draft, and how deep the class is at a given position (or perceived to be) can significantly alter FA movement.
Going into FA, which will heavily influence the draft as it always does. Wasn't secondary Detroit's #1 need heading into FA last ifseason? By draft time, it was filled enough to look in other directions. This article from a Tennesee beat writer points out some FA who may look to come to Detroit for both an opportunity to work with Schwartz again, and to have a chance to start. Carr is my favorite from the list as he is a good returner and nickle back, both of which are needs for the Lions.
the Commish raised the possibility of taking Thanksgiving from Detroit possibly at the owners meetings next year, although it is safe for now. For NOW??!?! Was the Dallas smackdown of Seattle any different than the Titan's smackdown of Detroit --- NO!
With the exception of home/visitor getting beat on, they were both VERY lopsided games. No matter how hard you try to make a match up in season "great" at the beginning of the year, they will often disappoint. Dallas-Seattle SHOULD have been a great game according to the preseason. By the time Thanksgiving got here, about 20 Seattle WR later, it wasn't.
I didn't hear anyone saying "take it from Dallas because they just beat on an inferior opponent as well."
Detroit has had many memorable Thanksgiving day games and invented the Tradition -- and were the first to play on a day other than Sunday -- Against the league's wishes at the time to boot.
The Lions keep Thanksgiving -- end of story. If the Lions lose the game, so does Dallas and I don't see that happening. Ratings this year were actually slightly higher than last, and are still VERY strong -- so don't look for the league to mess with it and possibly screw it up.
Also, the league aims to have a prime-time/national game for every team at least once every two years. Having Detroit on Thanksgiving means that they don't have to schedule them elsewhere ie coveted SNF or MNF slots where they would negatively impact the ratings if they are bad. By keeping them on Turkey day, they insulate the ratings against the teams playing because it is a tradition to watch Dallas and Detroit play.
It doesn't make financial, or PR sense and the league owners know it and will see it.
Have a great weekend everyone! I'll see you again next week!! Keep the great commentary coming! Also remember, if there is a topic you'd like to give your thoughts on - send me an email and I will edit it, possibly comment, and give you credit in a guest blog. I love it when I have other opinions to be able to toss out there for all of you! so keep the comments, and guest-blog emails coming!