Found September 05, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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Outside voices can say whatever they want about the Lions' need for a running game to complement quarterback Matthew Stafford. Those in charge of running this organization aren't sweating it. The Lions make no apologies for how they are built. They are built to pass the football. You don't use the first overall pick on a franchise quarterback as gifted as Stafford to have him hand the ball off 30 times a game. They don't pass to set up the run; they pass because passing is what they do best. While they don't necessarily aspire to have Stafford lead the league in pass attempts again this season, if it happens, so be it. But it's not just about Stafford's skill set. The Lions also have a uniquely-gifted, game-changing receiver in Calvin Johnson who puts as much, and probably more, pressure on defenses as any ball carrier in the league. "We're going to see different defenses than anybody else sees," Stafford said. "Teams will come ...
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