So the Detroit Lions voted Ndamukong Suh a team captain on Friday. Suh said he wanted the role. Suh called a players only meeting on the same day of being named a captain. He stressed to the team playing without taking stupid penalties. Like personal fouls, Unsportsmanlike Conduct, playing past the whistle.
This may seem ironic coming from the man who has yet to show he has the on the field discipline that he’s asking his teammates to show. Everyone knows about the “stomp” and his multiple late hits but with this newly found leadership role it will say A TON about how far he has grown if he can go out there and lead by example in this part of the game.
Let’s not kid ourselves, the defensive line has been the biggest culprit in extending opposing teams drives by such stupid penalties. Suh, Nick Fairley, Willie Young are all guys who have done these things on the regular the past few seasons.
Whether or not the Lions can dramatically cutback on this penalties is yet to be seen. I will be watching the defensive line especially, to see improvement in this area and Suh being the leader and asking for discipline ALL eyes are firmly set on him to see if he can eliminate the dumb penalties he has been prone to so far throughout his young career without losing his intensity in the game.
Not committing these penalties and handing the opposition another 3 cracks at it will dramatically affect the Lions chances to win football games.
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Joique Bell is better than Leshoure, deal with it.
Jason Jones looks like a stud.
Reggie Bush, Matthew Stafford, Chris Houston all impressive.
Far too many penalties and STILL LACKING DISCIPLINE. Willie Young incomplete pass on 2nd down taunts Tom Brady. STUPID. Nick Fairley and C.J. Mosley each with Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalties as well.
Offensive line is set and looked much better this week.
Ezekiel Ansah and Darius Slay will have rookie growing pains, I expect Ansah to have some real nice SPLASH plays.
DeAndre Levy has been real good looking all pre season long.
David Akers will be our kicker.
Kellen Moore was ok for the #3 QB still going to be surprised if he makes the team.
Patrick Edwards did not impress.
Matt Willis has looked real nice.
Looks like the 3 players, Justin Bannan, Rocky McIntosh, Rashaen Mathis, the Lions just brought in will be playing and making contributions.
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The first 2 pre season games are in the books and the starting offense has scored ZERO touchdowns.
Let me get the bad out-of-the-way.
The secondary looks really bad. Bill Bentley is NOT a slot corner. We have NO reliable receivers other than Calvin Johnson. Brandon Pettitgrew is STILL dropping passes. Scott Linehan is still calling the same plays he’s been calling since the day he came to Detroit. Scott, that end around isn’t fooling ANYBODY. We have 2 good running backs; Joique Bell and Reggie Bush and Linehan never puts them on the field at the same time. It’s the same looks over and over and over.
This team is not a playoff team. It’d be a miracle if we could be an 8-8 team. Jim Schwartz sealed his fate this off-season when he fired a very good assistant coach, one the players liked and trusted, Shawn Jefferson and failed to fire Linehan. On top of that Martin Mayhew did the team NO favors by not drafting a true #2 WR. In the 2nd round he took yet another cornerback who seems to be another failed pick. Meanwhile Robert Woods and Aaron Dobson were both on the board. In the 3rd round Keenan Allen, Terrance Williams were there. The one draft he doesn’t trade up. It’s like this organization can not dig its head out of the darn sand.
Now for the good. Nick Fairley looks very good. Reggie Bush is going to help this offense, just not as much as many believed when he signed. Ezekiel Ansah is going to make plays. Willie Young looks like a new man. Chris Houston is the only steady player on the secondary. So if your counting at home, it’s the defensive line as the positive and everyone else as a question mark at best. I believe once Schwartz finally chooses his starting offensive line that they will continue to get better throughout the season, Continuity is key for offensive lineman and it’s only gained by playing together.
I’m tired of Lions fans and media alike trashing Matthew Stafford. The kid is a very good QB. He can’t make guys hold onto the ball for him. He can’t block for himself and he can’t implement new offensive packages that would give him a higher percentage of having a good play. The only thing he can do is A) Be accurate and B) Be smart with the ball.
I’m not hitting the panic button because of 2 pre season games. I said it back in March. This team as currently constructed is not a playoff team. I hope they prove me wrong but I see way too many flaws with management and personnel for this to be a playoff season.
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