Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 1:09 PM EST Nov 8, 2018 Of the seven head-coaching jobs that came open in January, the Detroit Lions were considered one of the best. They had a proven quarterback in Matthew Stafford, a patient owner in Martha Ford and were coming off back-to-back nine-win seasons, the first of which resulted in a playoff appearance. “I think we have a lot to offer,” general manager Bob Quinn said at the time. “I think we have a really good, solid nucleus of players that can kind of be molded into what the new head coach wants his team to look like.” Ten months later, the Lions look nothing like what Quinn and his hand-picked coach, Matt Patricia, envisioned. They went through a rough patch in training camp that seeped into the start of the season, they’ve seesawed wildly from bad to good and back again, and they’ve dealt with some of the same problems that befuddled the old regime, namely an inability to stop the run … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ midseason grades: Patricia’s rocky 1st season
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Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 12:02 PM EST Nov 8, 2018 It's Thursday and therefore Detroit Lions mailbag day. When the Lions extended Sam Martin's contract in 2016, he was one of the best punters in the game. He finished fourth in the NFL in net average the previous season and rewarded the team's faith in him with the second-best net average in NFL history the following year. No one could have expected what happened in 2017, a freak foot injury suffered while on vacation. You just deal with those things as they come along, but that was the key culprit to last year's disappointing performance. This season, Martin has bounced back. He's not threatening franchise records, but his 45.4-yard average indicates the leg strength is close to normal. The net is a disaster, and some of that is his fault due to a few mishits, but it's more on shoddy work from the coverage units. Financially, Martin's contract extension didn't kick in until 2017 and … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions mailbag: Potential cap casualties, move on from Sam Martin?
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 6:45 PM EST Nov 7, 2018 Kenny Golladay has just six catches on seven targets over the last three weeks, but the Detroit Lions' leading receiver insisted Wednesday he's not frustrated by his lack of production since the bye. "Just the flow of the game," Golladay said. "My number’s called, I try to make the most of the plays and I just got to be ready. You never know when your number’s going to be called." Increasingly, Golladay's number has been getting called at a slower rate than it was to start the season. Golladay opened the year with a breakout seven-catch, 114-yard game against the New York Jets and scored touchdowns in three of the Lions' next four games. But as defenses have shifted more attention his way, Golladay's receiving numbers have dropped. He had two catches for 37 yards in a Week 7 win over the Miami Dolphins (plus a third-quarter touchdown called back on penalty), one catch for 12 yards the … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay: ‘I want more catches’
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 10:24 AM EST Nov 7, 2018 It’s mailbag time! Every week, Dave Birkett will answer your Detroit Lions questions. Send them via Twitter to @davebirkett or by email to [email protected] How does Bob Quinn justify this season after firing Caldwell for going 9-7 saying that wasn't good enough? Lions won't be even close to that this year with essentially the same talent. – @blok_rich Bob Quinn hasn’t talked publicly since the draft and there are a bunch of questions, new and old, he’ll face when he finally does. Quinn, of course, said in January when he fired Jim Caldwell that he thought the Lions underachieved at 9-7 and were better than their record. Well, they’re on track for more losses now in a season that looks like it will be a step back. There's still eight games left, so who knows if the Lions turn things around. But I suspect Quinn will say this season wasn’t good enough, he’s … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions mailbag: How will Bob Quinn explain this year?
opinion Free Press readers Published 8:01 AM EST Nov 7, 2018 The Detroit Lions’ 3-5 record halfway through this season should surprise no one. Those who thought a new coach would make a difference are ignoring history. Seventeen new coaches have been hired since William Clay Ford purchased the Lions in 1963. All had very limited success. In fact, since winning their last championship in 1957, the Lions have won only one playoff game – nearly 28 years ago. More: NFL power rankings: How much do Lions drop this week? More: Matt Patricia calls Joe Marciano firing 'necessary' The long consistent history of the Lions’ failures and disappointments coincides with one thing — the Ford family’s ownership. Adding insult to injury, after only seven games through the 2018 season, with a 3-4 record, the Lions’ bailed on their fans and gave up any hope of reaching the playoffs this season when they traded Golden Tate for a … [Read more...] about Here’s what the Detroit Lions need to win consistently