Kids have some interesting games/sayings. With Mrs. DetFan1979 still sick, I've found myself spending a lot more time with the kids. (and a lot less time on this blog -- thanks for sticking with me. Frequency will hopefully improve again soon -- along with my wife's health.) Two of their favorite kid-activities that stick with us as adults are "Dibbs!" and "Not It!".
Dibbs!, of course, is what you yell out quickest and loudest to have first crack at shotgun in the car, the last brownie, or the biggest slice of pie. It is the right of first choice.
Not It! is the opposite. It is the right NOT to do something no fun -- wash the dishes, clean up the cat puke on the floor, or talk to that really annoying customer nobody likes. It is the right of first refusal.
0-16 has some distinct disadvantages in the Ifseason, as we've already seen. Many good players don't want to come near the team for any amount of money. Other marginal players only wanted to come here to get a bigger-than-they'd-get-elsewhere Pay Day. What you do end up with is players who come here that would be backups on other teams looking for a chance to start given the Lions' talent depleted roster.
It does, however, have some advantages as well. One of those is the Wavier Wire.
Because they were so historically awful, no one has waiver claims over the Lions. When teams trim talented potential or skilled young players from their rosters to get down to the camp and ifseason roster limits, the Lions will be first in line to cull who they want from the pool.
In other words, when it comes to waiver-eligible players, the Lions have the right to call both Dibbs! and Not It!
They are also winners when waiver eligible players are cut due to coaching changes earlier in the ifseason. One such signing/claim that was of this variety is the signing of Will Franklin.
I saw a lot of derision and "huh?" type comments in response to his signing, but I think it deserves going back and taking at look at again. You may be surprised at how well it could work out. Franklin was a 4th round pick of the Chiefs last year, and showed flashes of potential on an awful team with limited playing time. The Lions had dibs on him, beating out what is listed conservatively as 5 different teams for this returner/slot Wr with excellent potential. So why did KC let him go? Interesting article from a KC site may shed some light on this... According to this KC beat-writer's article I found he asked for his release after the new coaching staff started using him as a whipping boy example of the changes they were making from the prior staff.
Being a former 4th rounder, KC obliged.
Will he make an impact? Only time will tell. But keep in mind as teams have to keep shaving players to make room for draft picks and injury signings that the Lions have Dibbs/Not It! until some team wins more games than them.
That means as Mayhew and Schwartz continue to tweak the roster and fill gaps heading into the
season that no one can out-dibb them on the waiver wire. Until September. Then we will see how good of a team Mr. Mayhew built.
Til then, while they may still be on a 17 game losing streak when it matters, they are the waiver wire winners!