Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Apr 20, 2019 Draft-day deals are about more than crunching numbers on a trade-value chart. “There’s gut instinct involved here, too,” Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn said at his pre-draft news conference Thursday. “This isn’t like you just plug it into your computer, into your matrix and it spits out yes or no, you make that trade. It’s taking everyone’s information, talking to the key people that you rely on and making the best decision for the Lions at the end of the day.” Quinn has made no secret about wanting to trade out of the No. 8 pick of the 2019 NFL draft, but just because he’s eyeing a deal doesn’t mean one will get done. Maybe a player the Lions really want slips to No. 8. Maybe no one feels strong enough about a player to come up. Or maybe Quinn’s gut tells him that if the Lions drop too far down, he’ll miss out on a chance to add a … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions can ace 2019 NFL draft. Here are 3 ways
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Ted Kulfan The Detroit News Published 10:33 PM EST Jan 8, 2019 Detroit — The Red Wings were pointing at this five-game home stand as an opportunity to right themselves a bit. But, no such luck. Detroit lost its third of five games at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday, falling 3-2 to Montreal and continuing a rough stretch in the schedule. The Canadiens scored twice in a span of 1 minute, 6 seconds early in the second period, then scored again early in the third while goalie Antti Niemi stopped 30 shots as the Wings continued reeling. BOX SCORE: Canadiens 3, Red Wings 2 Along with a 1-3-1 home stand, the Wings (16-22-7, 39 points) have only won twice in the last 14 games (2-9-3). And it's not getting easier, with some difficult road games against Western Conference teams coming up in the schedule. Beating the Canadiens hasn’t been all that common for the Wings, either, over the last few years. With Tuesday’s loss, Montreal has won … [Read more...] about Red Wings end home stand on a sour note, fall to Canadiens
Tony Paul The Detroit News Published 5:07 PM EST Dec 20, 2018 There was a bit of a feeling-out process in Tim Lester's first season as head coach at Western Michigan, his alma mater. He did all the traditional things, like letting his coordinators do what they're paid to do, coordinate. It left him, at times, frustrated, especially as the offense was up and down — as Lester, a former star Broncos quarterback, continued to delegate the play-calling duties. Once the season ended, in disappointing fashion as Western at 6-6 missed out on a bowl game, he sat down with his offensive coordinator, Kevin Johns, and discussed possible changes. One of them included Lester becoming more hands-on. "He asked me, 'I want to you to get more involved in the passing game,'" Lester said. "The passing game was really poor, he knew it, and he wanted my help." Two weeks later, Johns was gone, taking the job as offensive coordinator at Texas Tech, which made the decision easier for Lester. … [Read more...] about Western Michigan coach Tim Lester finds his voice in second season
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 12:00 AM EDT Nov 3, 2018 Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett breaks down the NFC North showdown between the Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings. Lions (3-4) at Vikings (4-3-1) When: Sunday, 1 p.m. Where: U.S. Bank Field, Minneapolis. TV/radio: Fox, WJR-AM 760. Line: Vikings by 5½. Lions run offense vs. Vikings run defense Kerryon Johnson might be the Lions’ MVP at this point of the season as he has forced defenses to respect a previously dormant running game. Johnson has two 100-yard rushing days on the year, and he has a knack for making the first tackler miss. Four of his 77 carries have gone for negative yards. LeGarrette Blount has settled into the big-back role for a Lions team that wants to run the ball 25-plus times a game. The Lions haven’t always run it well this year, but they’ve been effective with the carries they’ve had and are currently tied for eighth in the league at 4.7 yards per … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings: Scouting report, pick
By Matt Schoch Special to The Detroit News Published 2:21 PM EDT Oct 31, 2018 During Calvin Johnson’s record-setting season of 2012, the Lions wide receiver was a one-man wrecking crew in an otherwise underwhelming set of options for Matthew Stafford. In that 4-12 season, Titus Young was second for wide receivers with 33 catches while Nate Burleson missed 10 games with an injury, and Mikel Leshoure, Joique Bell and Kevin Smith shared carries for a pedestrian rushing corps. It’s little wonder that among the accomplishments that year, Johnson was able to set the NFL record for consecutive 100-yard games with eight. Adam Thielen’s chase for the mark, which could culminate Sunday as he goes for his ninth straight against Johnson’s former team, has been within a more diverse offense amidst more successful results. While Johnson dazzled each week with his powerful running after a catch and ability to snatch high passes in traffic, Thielen … [Read more...] about Vikings receiver Adam Thielen can break Calvin Johnson’s record.