Originally written on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 8/11/13

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions looks on against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field on November 22, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions came from behind to defeat the Browns 38-37. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Over his tenure with the Detroit Lions, Head Coach Jim Schwartz has had plenty to say about the fullback position in the NFL, but never really giving the impression that run-blocking fullbacks were going to be an integral part of his team.  In the summer of 2010, he noted that those traditional fullbacks were essentially  dinosaurs. Once relegated to lead blocks, men like Jerome Felton were now being required to run the ball, catch the ball and on special teams, chase down the ball.  He noted that the Lions’ fullbacks were in a state of transition.  Everyone thought that meant they were learning new tricks, but in 2011, the fullback all but went extinct in Detroit with the departure of Felton... Read more
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