Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 11:27 PM EST Mar 4, 2019 Maybe all those theories about the Detroit Lions taking a quarterback with the No. 8 pick of the NFL draft aren't so far-fetched after all. According to NBC Sports, the Lions met with Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray at the combine last week, one of 60 formal interviews they had with draft prospects. A formal interview isn't necessarily a sign a team is interested in drafting a player. Teams use those interviews for a variety of reasons, and some request prospects before their pre-combine draft meetings even begin. But for a Lions front office that has both publicly backed Matthew Stafford as its starting quarterback and said it will consider all options at No. 8, including a quarterback, it's an interesting development nonetheless. [ Lions should draft Kyler Murray now that he measures up ] Asked about that dichotomy at the combine last week, why he'd consider taking a quarterback at … [Read more...] about Kyler Murray-Detroit Lions not as far-fetched as once thought
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Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Feb 16, 2019 I couldn’t bring myself to shake Glover Quin’s hand at the end of the season. I didn’t want to say goodbye, and I didn’t want to offend a proud player by presuming too much. The end of a professional athlete’s tenure with a team can be predictable. It either comes down to money or performance, or both. When it’s a virtual certainty a player is leaving, and I’ve appreciated his professionalism in dealing with reporters, I often shake his hand and thank him. I’ve done this with guys like Larry Warford and Nate Burleson, who were a pleasure to cover. But Quin is different. The veteran Detroit Lions safety, who was released Friday in order to save $6.25 million in salary cap money, has been an iron man on the field and in the locker room. I’ve never known a player who has personified professionalism, on and off the field, more than Quin. I didn’t have as … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions should put Glover Quin in ring of honor
Detroit News staff and wires Published 5:31 PM EST Feb 8, 2019 Allen Park -- Former Detroit Lions coaches Jim Caldwell and Jim Bob Cooter were officially hired for new jobs on Friday. Following rumors from last month, Caldwell, the Lions’ head coach from 2014-17, was introduced as the quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach on Brian Flores' staff in Miami. "Jim is an incredible human being, a man of faith and a great football coach. His experience as a head coach will be invaluable for me," Flores said. "Jim is a great teacher, highly organized and somebody that I have a lot of respect for." Prior to working with the Lions, Caldwell coached quarterbacks at Penn State (1986-92), Tampa Bay (2001), Indianapolis (2002-08) and Baltimore (2012-13). Caldwell’s record with the Lions was 36-28 in the regular season, and 0-2 in the playoffs. Caldwell was fired by the Lions after a 9-7 finish in 2017. Caldwell's former offensive coordinator in … [Read more...] about Former Detroit Lions coaches Jim Caldwell, Jim Bob Cooter land new jobs
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 3:10 PM EST Jan 10, 2019 Allen Park — It's all quiet on the offensive coordinator front, so it felt like a good time to do a Detroit Lions mailbag. What is a going on with the OC search? With no news or rumors about it, I am afraid they are just going to hire from within. — @kered316 Understandably, there are a lot of questions about the offensive coordinator opening, and I'm here to tell you I know almost nothing. That's a more difficult thing for me to write than you to read, trust me. The organization is in lockdown in regards to the process, and based on the reporting of others, including those at top national outlets, they're running into the same brick walls with their sources. And coaching is almost always a trickier topic to unearth information. The circles are tighter, the agent information isn't easily accessible, so unless there's a leak from the organization or those being interviewed, we … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions mailbag: What should be done at offensive coordinator?
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 2:25 PM EST Jan 4, 2019 Allen Park – The Detroit Lions had Eric Ebron under contract and let him go. He scored 14 touchdowns for the Indianapolis Colts this season. The Lions tried to swing a deal for Rob Gronkowski, but the four-time All-Pro wanted nothing to do with that and reportedly threatened to retire. In the end, the Lions settled on Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo, a pair of free agents on one-year deals, to go with Michael Roberts, a fourth-round draft pick in 2017 who caught four passes as a rookie. And it still went worse than expected. The trio combined for 42 catches, 450 yards and four touchdowns. This wasn’t how general manager Bob Quinn anticipated things going down when he cut Ebron in March, as opposed to paying the former first-round pick an $8.25 million salary for the 2018 season. “I’ll give you guys a little bit of background on the whole tight end situation,” Quinn said during his … [Read more...] about After letting Eric Ebron walk, Detroit Lions’ efforts to land top tight end fell short