Certainly I am a Lions slappy. I have normally looked at this underachieving squad using a glass 50 percent full Perspective and like numerous cornbread eaters, felt good in regards to the 2008 Lions following a effective and healthier preseason. Absent have been the cancers that plagued this staff in past times. We now have Rod’s gamers! And let me set it around the document, I like Rod. I like what he says and I like what he instills in apply but for god sakes is it possible to make sure you, please carry this around to the field wherever it counts.
But that isn’t my beef On this weblog, around the local radio airwaves these days everyone seems to be destroying Jon Kitna and evaluating him to your worst on the worst in Detroit QB lore (and that’s indicating something). Possessing been into the seven interception game of Ty Detmer in Cleveland, this isn’t quite the worst effort! Now that isn’t to say Jon didn’t Have a very bad very last five minutes, he absolutely did, no doubt about this And that i am sure he would admit it (if he now has not). But Jon is just not The explanation the Lions misplaced this activity or are 0-two it lies squarely around the pathetic protection along with the dearth of playmakers. Sims is a participant without doubt but pickin’s are slim after that (having an occasional amazing Participate in by White or Redding). I haven’t, at any time found a group get defeat deep so very easily. I believed the concept of the Tampa two (Unwell of that title) defense was to avoid massive plays – but they give up a lot more then any Lion team I’ve ever seen, at any time!!! You do not see other video games the place receivers are ten yards powering defenders that by no means comes about. Now we have great receivers and they are by no means 10 yards behind opposing defenders, does not occur while in the NFL – apart from in this article.
In any case, I put this reduction as well as Atlanta one too, squarely on Joe Barry’s shoulders. He will be the Defensive Coordinator and there is no coordination within the defense whatsoever. Within the NFL exactly where parity is everywhere you go, it truly is difficult to drop driving 21-0 in the initial 50 %, it would not occur, Go searching the league. You need to test tough to Participate in defense that poorly. This automatically normally takes Kevin Smith and Rudi Johnson and renders them mostly useless and makes the Lions Yet again one dimensional. I for one particular would like to see what both of these can perform, we may hardly ever get a chance. Both Calvin and Roy are freak’s of mother nature and therefore I don’t brain observing the Lions throw the ball, but You need to have harmony or you’ve corners sitting on receivers and defensive lineman pinning their ears back again. Any offensive line will probably search weak and any quarterback will probably appear terrible ultimately if they know exactly what you are going to do – Unless of course your defensive coordinator is Joe Barry naturally.
Atlanta one example is – the players explained they realized they have been intending to run the ball, and operate the ball they did! Exactly where have been eight or nine while in the box like other groups would do. Commit to stopping the operate and when you reduce the sport to the rookie QB who beats you passing then idea your hat and proceed. Yesterday’s Packer video game they committed to halting the operate and did a pleasant occupation of that but a novel considered to the move – blend in the blitz once in a while. This was Rogers first street start off and in case you did not listen to, Ford Area was really loud but for many cause, they handled him with kid gloves. Blitz him for gods sakes!!!! Your linebackers are not able to go over any person anyway so they could in addition do something handy like place stress over the QB. The cornerback’s and safeties get fried every one of the time so what on earth is the real difference, at the very least this fashion you dictate the way in which the game will be played. Turnovers come about as a consequence of force. Go searching the league at The great defenses and superior defensive coordinators. Other then the Giants front 4 who set continual strain, all of them blitz seriously. The Lions, they sit back in that bend but Really don’t split (Whilst they snap each of the time) protection and pray they will maintain the workforce to some FG, which doesn’t come about and Meanwhile the opposite group has chewed 7 minutes off the clock.
So back to the game. Jon hits Calvin on a brilliant touchdown (Calvin is undoubtedly an unstoppable gazelle) to put the Lions up by one particular – the first lead of the calendar year for that Lions. The building is going berserk. All the momentum is Along with the Lions. Penalty on the kickoff backs GB up to The ten and you will’t even hear yourself Assume or speak to the person close to you, and Exactly what does the protection do with all this mo and loudness, they permit Jennings to catch a 5 garden go and run 60 yards down the sphere – sport more than, great night now!!!!! Guaranteed blame Jon for his interceptions (and the first a single frankly was the worst) but the sport ended on that Perform mainly because it sucked the life out on the Lions and also the stadium – the Lions protection gave up the ghost at probably the most critical time choking the lifestyle out of the workforce. Time over, great night time Lions, we’ll see you in 2009 ideally using a new defensive coordinator who’s got heard of a blitz!