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Detroit Lions offensive line overhaul includes coaches

Former Offensive Line Coach George Yarno became one of the casualties after the Detroit Lions suffered through a horrific 2012 season. He promptly went off to Jacksonville to do whatever he can with their offensive line, leaving an inconvenient hole in the coaching ranks at Allen Park.  That offensive line coach vacancy then became a huge opportunity for assistant offensive line...
Via The Penalty Flag
August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions: 5 areas where consistency is key

For the Detroit Lions to make any kind of decent showing this season, it seems that these five areas are most critical where consistency is concerned. Offensive Line:  Matthew Stafford cannot spend one half or more of the season running for his life because the offensive line can’t get the job done protecting him.  The starters on the line will be for the most part, a youthful...
Via The Penalty Flag
June 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Lions eager to shore up line, protect Stafford

(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By SCOTT HELD Associated Press The Detroit Lions have several holes to fill on their offensive line, including both tackles. They had a familiar face working with the unit Wednesday. Former left tackle Jeff Backus, who retired during the offseason after a 12-year career here, spent the organized team activities period watching and working with the...
Via AP on Fox
May 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Backus joins Lions' staff

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Jeff Backus has rejoined the Detroit Lions in a new capacity. The team announced Tuesday the retired tackle will be a part-time coaching intern that will assist the offensive line this season. Backus retired in March after missing only one game in his 12-year career. Detroit selected him from Michigan in the first round of the 2001 NFL draft. He started...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
May 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Backus rejoins Lions as part-time coaching intern

Jeff Backus has rejoined the Detroit Lions in a new capacity. The team announced Tuesday the retired tackle will be a part-time coaching intern that will assist the offensive line this season. Backus retired in March after missing only one game in his 12-year career. Detroit selected him from Michigan in the first round of the 2001 NFL draft. He started his first 186 games - plus...
Via AP on Fox
May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Lions take TE Michael Williams in 7th round

The Detroit Lions used their penultimate pick in the NFL draft to select Alabama tight end Michael Williams. Detroit took the 6-5, 278-pound Williams with the fifth pick of Saturday's seventh round, the 211 overall. The Lions already have tight ends Tony Scheffler and Brandon Pettigrew on the roster and Williams' future with the team could be as a blocker as the Lions seek...
Via AP on Fox
April 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Lions can address glaring need at 5th in NFL draft

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew is declining to discuss the franchise's needs and how they might affect who he chooses with the No. 5 pick. The Lions, though, clearly require help at offensive tackle and defensive end. They can address one of those voids Thursday night in the NFL draft. Detroit's starting offensive tackles and defensive ends from last season...
Via AP on Fox
April 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Why the Lions Should Draft an Offensive Lineman With the Fifth Pick

The Detroit Lions have had only 2 men start at left tackle since 2001. One of them is a guy that everyone in Detroit has loved to hate for the last 13 years and his name was Jeff Backus, a Michigan grad no less. One of the three most polarizing figures in Detroit sports, the Lions Left Tackle, the Red Wings Goalie, and the Tigers Closer, Jeff Backus racked up lots of hate over the...
Via The Majors Detroit
March 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit's Backus retires after 12 seasons

Jeff Backus played 12 years for the Detroit Lions, missing only one game while enduring some of the franchise's most difficult days. His perseverance was finally rewarded with a playoff appearance two seasons ago, and now the durable offensive lineman is comfortable calling it a career. ''It's time for me to hang up my cleats and retire,'' Backus said in...
Via AP on Fox
March 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit's Backus Retires After 12 Seasons

Detroit Lions tackle Jeff Backus is retiring, ending a 12-year career in which he missed only one game.
Via det.scout.com
March 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Lions’ Jeff Backus retires

The Detroit Lions announced today that offensive lineman Jeff Backus has retired. The 35 year-old Backus played his entire 13-year career with the Lions.  We certainly wish him the best going forward.   Need NFL Tickets? var _CI = _CI || {}; (function() { var script = document.createElement('script'); ref = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; _CI.counter...
Via Pro Football Zone
March 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Lions' Backus retires after 12 seasons

ALLEN PARK, Mich. --For the first time in over a decade, the Detroit Lions will have a new left tackle on offense. Jeff Backus, who had been a starter since 2001 when he was a first-round pick coming out of Michigan, announced his retirement Thursday afternoon. Backus, a very quiet and private man, did it his way, by releasing a statement through the club: Today, Ive come to the...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
March 14, 2013  |  Discuss

LIONS T JEFF BACKUS TO RETIRE AFTER 12 SEASONS

Allen Park, Mich. — Detroit Lions T Jeff Backus, who holds the Lions all-time franchise record with 187 consecutive starts, announced today his retirement from the National Football League after 12 seasons. Backus has served as the Lions’ starting left tackle since he was drafted in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft out of the [...]
Via Detroit Sports Nation
March 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Eric Fisher ‘Solidly in the Top 10′ for 2013 NFL Draft, Per Mel Kiper

Eric Fisher, the dynamite offensive tackle out of Central Michigan, might wind up on the Detroit Lions’ radar at No. 5 overall, especially if the team loses both Jeff Backus (retirement) and Gosder Cherulis (free agency). And, if ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has his finger on the pulse, using the fifth pick on Fisher might not be much of a stretch. Kiper said Eric Fisher of...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Lions Offensive Line To Undergo Major Changes In 2013

Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com believes that the Lions will make drastic changes to their starting offensive line, which could end up with four different starters. For the last three seasons the Lions have maintained the continuity of starters: LT Jeff Backus, LG Rob Sims, C Dominic Raiola, RG Stephen Peterman and RT Gosder Cherilus. The team is expected to retain only Sims out...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
January 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Who could be the Lions' goodbye guys?

In the wake of a 12-loss season, with 23 unrestricted free agents and ongoing salary-cap issues, the Detroit Lions roster could look considerably different before they hit training camp next summer. The easiest way to start making changes is to not re-sign some of those free agents. That's seemingly inevitable, especially if players such as Cliff Avril, Justin Durant and DeAndre...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Backus' starts streak ends at 186

Detroit Lions offensive tackle Jeff Backus is inactive against the Houston Texans, ending his 186-game starting streak. Rookie Riley Reiff replaced Backus at left tackle Thursday. Backus is out with a hamstring injury after starting every game of his 12-year career. Detroit did have starting safety Louis Delmas back in the lineup after he missed three straight games with an injured...
Via Fox Sports
November 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Backus inactive, start streak ends at 186 games

DETROIT -- Lions tackle Jeff Backus will miss Thursday's game against Houston with a hamstring injury, ending his regular-season games started streak at 186. The news had been expected since Backus sustained the injury in Sunday's loss to Green Bay, but was made official when the Lions released their inactive list 90 minutes before the Thanksgiving Day kickoff. The total...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
November 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Lions list Backus inactive, ending 186-game streak

Detroit Lions offensive tackle Jeff Backus is inactive against the Houston Texans, ending his 186-game starting streak. Rookie Riley Reiff replaced Backus at left tackle Thursday. Backus is out with a hamstring injury after starting every game of his 12-year career. Detroit did have starting safety Louis Delmas back in the lineup after he missed three straight games with an injured...
Via Fox Sports
November 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Reiff Likely To Start Against Texans

Detroit's rookie offensive tackle Riley Reiff will likely supplant incumbent Jeff Backus during Thursday's Turkey Day game against Texans.
Via det.scout.com
November 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Lions' rookie Reiff on the spot with Backus ailing

Updates. With AP Photos. By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Riley Reiff was one of the last players to leave the field Tuesday at Detroit's practice facility. That was appropriate, because the Lions' rookie offensive lineman could have quite a task on his hands this week - without a lot of time to prepare. Reiff may very well start for the Lions at left tackle Thursday against...
Via AP on Fox
November 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Backus' consecutive starts streak in jeopardy

ALLEN PARK, Mich. Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola shakes his head when he thinks back to when teammate Jeff Backus suffered a torn biceps during the playoffs last season. He was trying to wrap it and go back in the game, Raiola said. There was like a minute left in the game and we were down two or three scores. That will give you an example into the mind of Jeff Backus. Backus...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
November 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Backus' consecutive starts streak in jeopardy

ALLEN PARK, Mich. Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola shakes his head when he thinks back to when teammate Jeff Backus suffered a torn biceps during the playoffs last season. He was trying to wrap it and go back in the game, Raiola said. There was like a minute left in the game and we were down two or three scores. That will give you an example into the mind of Jeff Backus. Backus...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
November 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Detroit's Backus leaves with hamstring injury

Detroit offensive tackle Jeff Backus has left Sunday's game against Green Bay with a hamstring injury and will not return. Backus did not start Detroit's first possession of the second half after appearing to hurt his right leg. The veteran lineman was playing his 186th career game, passing Hall of Fame cornerback Dick LeBeau for fourth place on the franchise's career...
Via Fox Sports
November 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Nike Jerseys too form fitting?

When the NFL switched over from Reebok to Nike, Nike promised to use lighter material that made for a sleeker design and to make the jerseys more form fitting.  Apparently, not everyone likes them.  The bigger players, aka offensive and defensive lineman, aren’t exactly thrilled with how tight they are, because they say that it is making them feel and look fatter than they actually...
Via Diehardsport
October 04, 2012  |  Discuss
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