Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 12:22 PM EDT Oct 9, 2018 The topic of who will replace Jamal Agnew as the Detroit Lions' primary return man has not yet been discussed inside the team's Allen Park practice facility, but special teams coordinator Joe Marciano said Tuesday it soon will. "All our decisions are based on some staff decisions including myself, the head coach, general manager," Marciano said. "That conversation will come up before we play Miami, I’m sure." Agnew suffered what appears to be a serious knee injury in Sunday's 31-23 win over the Green Bay Packers while trying to break up an Aaron Rodgers pass to Davante Adams. Lions coach Matt Patricia declined to share the diagnosis on Agnew's injury Monday and Marciano did not specify the problem Tuesday, but former San Diego Chargers team doctor David Chao, who's made a second career of properly diagnosing injuries on video, wrote on Twitter that he fears Agnew tore the ACL in his knee. Agnew has … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions have time to replace Jamal Agnew in return game
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Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 12:25 PM EDT Oct 5, 2018 Matthew Stafford seemed unfazed by criticism levied against him by CBS analyst Boomer Esiason on Thursday, but that didn't stop Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia from coming to his quarterback's defense on Friday. Asked about comments Esiason made on WXYT-FM 97.1 criticizing Stafford's passive play and laid-back leadership style, Patricia said the whole topic was "ridiculous." "I think the only thing I’ll say on this whole ridiculous topic is just I’m very blessed and lucky to have Matt Stafford as my quarterback, and everybody else in the league would be in the same boat," Patricia said. "He’s a phenomenal quarterback, he’s a great leader. He certainly is the heartbeat of our team and he’s a great guy to be around." Esiason, who played 14 NFL seasons with four different teams, said on The Valenti Show" that the Lions need to hold Stafford more accountable in his 10th NFL … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions coach: Matthew Stafford criticism ‘ridiculous’
Jamie Samuelsen Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 4:17 p.m. UTC May 23, 2018 Jamie Samuelsen, co-host of the "Jamie and Stoney" show at 6 a.m. weekdays on WXYT-FM (97.1), blogs for freep.com. His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the Detroit Free Press nor its writers. You can reach him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @jamiesamuelsen. Who is the odd man out in the Detroit Lions’ backfield on gameday among Blount, Johnson, Riddick and Abdullah? Should all four be on the roster? For the briefest of moments there, I actually looked at the list of Lions running backs and thought, “Wow, the Lions have a lot of options in the backfield!” Then I paused and realized that last year, it seemed like the Lions had zero options at running back. Remarkable, seeing as two of the options at running back last year now comprise this supposed deep stable. The most dangerous thing that you can do in May is write down names on a piece … [Read more...] about How will Detroit Lions satisfy stable of running backs?
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 9:03 p.m. UTC May 21, 2018 Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia will not be disciplined for failing to disclose a 1996 arrest on sexual assault charges, and the NFL determined that the Lions "engaged in appropriate and thorough hiring practices" even though they did not learn of Patricia's arrest until three months after he was hired. "We determined that the Lions handled the interview process in a thoughtful and comprehensive manner and fully and appropriately complied with all applicable employment laws," the league said in a statement released Monday. "As we learned from both Mr. Patricia and the Lions, the matter was not part of his employment interview process for job opportunities outside of or within the NFL. He was under no legal or other requirement to raise this issue." Patricia, who was hired in February as the Lions' 27th head coach, was arrested in March 1996 and indicted five months later on charges of sexually … [Read more...] about NFL won’t discipline Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions over 1996 arrest
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 6:15 p.m. UTC May 21, 2018 Allen Park — The Detroit Lions and Matt Patricia will not face discipline from the NFL regarding a 1996 sexual assault allegation against the coach. “Our office reviewed the matter with the Lions and Mr. Patricia, and ensured the club engaged in appropriate and thorough hiring practices and that the Coach did not mislead the team during the interview process,” the NFL wrote in a statement on Monday. “We determined that the Lions handled the interview process in a thoughtful and comprehensive manner and fully and appropriately complied with all applicable employment laws. “As we learned from both Mr. Patricia and the Lions, the matter was not part of his employment interview process for job opportunities outside of or within the NFL. He was under no legal or other requirement to raise this issue.” The league also clarified that the incident is not subject to the personal … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions, Matt Patricia won’t face NFL discipline from 1996 allegations