Found January 15, 2013 on
The Daily Traub:
Kyle Vanden Bosch
It’s been just over a year and yet again, I’m writing another piece on how to fix the Lions. Unfortunately the Lions are more broken than we thought, and the only good news is that there are a lot of free agents that will be available. The bad news? The Lions were absolutely destroyed by the old CBA and they have a ton of money tied up in a few players; specifically Matt Stafford, Megatron and Ndamukong Suh. They will keep working to restructure their deals and to sign them for the long-term, but it has handcuffed them so far. They have almost half the team as free agents this year, so it will be an important and an extremely busy off-season.
This is the first part in a three part series previewing the Lions off-season needs. Specifically who to re-sign, who could be a free agent target and who to watch at the combine as a potential Lions pick.
Re-signings: Of course in a pivotal off-season, the Detroit Lions have a huge class of unresticted free agents; thank god that Calvi...
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The Lions had major regression in their 2012 run, a season that saw a re-energized fan base bail on their team before Thanksgiving. After battling back to 4-4 the Lions lost the last 8 games of the season as the blame and backlash fell upon the team during their free fall and at the end of the season.
Heading into next season there’s a number of things the Lions will need to do...
Every season in the NFL there are teams that finish near the bottom of the standings that make you shake you head with shock and confusion. On the other side of the coin, the teams that win a division and make you say, “where did they come from?” There are three teams in which these perplexing categories apply. The following contenders and pretenders will give hope, or take it...
According to Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew the Lions will not be using their franchise tag on defensive end Cliff Avril or any other player that will become an unrestricted free agent in the coming months, per Dave Birkett.
“I would love to be here, but I know how this thing shakes out. I know how this works,” Avril said. “This is basically my third off-season going into...
The Detroit Lions have parted ways with special teams coordinator Danny Crossman.
The team announced Monday that Crossman would not return next season. Crossman's coaching was scrutinized after Detroit became the first team since at least 1940 to give up a kickoff and a punt return for touchdowns in consecutive games last season.
The Lions hired running backs coach Curtis Modkins...
After a disappointing 2012 season, the Lions are beginning to make changes to their coaching staff for the 2013 season. While no changes were made on the defensive side of the ball, there were numerous changes on offense and special teams.
Detroit hired former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins to become the new running backs coach. Last season under Modkins, the...
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh didn't endear himself to the Twitter world during Green Bay's loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday.
With a lengthy, work-filled NFL offseason upon the Detroit Lions, team insider Mike Mady breaks down the team's offensive line, and potential changes in 2013.
The Detroit Lions continue to put together its coaching staff for the 2013 season.
Along with the hiring of Bobby Johnson to coach tight ends, the Lions are adding Curtis Modkins to coach the running backs, and promoting assistant offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn to take over that position group.
Modkins comes from Buffalo, where he was the Bills offensive coordinator...
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, whose team just finished a 4-12 season, felt the need to tutor his division rivals on football basics after his Green Bay Packers counterpart B.J. Raji was penalized for encroachment on a 4th and 1 late in the fourth quarter of the Packers’ 45-31 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The penalty was costly, giving the 49ers a first down...
Tampa Bay receiver Vincent Jackson has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl, replacing Detroit's Calvin Johnson, who broke the NFL's single- season record for reception yards in 2012.
The NFL made the announcement Tuesday.
Jackson led the Bucs with career bests of 72 receptions and 1,384 yards after signing with them as a free agent last winter.
Johnson had 122 receptions and...
With a little more than three months left before the 2013 NFL Draft, we take a look at who some of the experts have the Detroit Lions selecting in their mock drafts.
• Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
The Lions’ future at defensive end looks uncertain right now with Cliff Avril about to hit free agency and Kyle Vanden Bosch turning 35 years old next...
The first Mel Kiper Jr. mock draft of 2013 hit ESPN.com on Wednesday, and Kiper has the Detroit Lions upgrading their pass rush with the No. 5 overall pick.
Kiper’s top four picks: Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel (Kansas City), Texas A&M DE/OLB Damontre Moore (Jacksonville), Utah DT Star Lotulelei (Oakland) and Alabama CB Dee Milliner (Philadelphia). That start left the Lions...
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will not participate in the Pro Bowl later this month. Tamba Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson has been named to replace Johnson, who has an injury. Rodgers said on his weekly radio show he won't play in the Pro Bowl because of multiple unspecified injuries, according to...
The NFL’s divisional playoffs were contested this weekend. That’s a round the Detroit Lions haven’t visited since 1991-92. Given what’s happened to the franchise in the meantime and the luck of plenty other franchises in the process, this should be enough to cause fans to wonder if a supernatural curse hangs over their team.
Consider this: Saturday afternoon, Lions’ fans...