To tag or not to tag an NFL quandary

NFL games have begun for 2015. Don't bother checking out your Sunday Ticket, though. This is not football the teams are playing, it's tag. Monday was the deadline for franchises to decide whether to hold onto key players who are pending free agents by giving them the franchise or transition tag. The alternative: letting them hit the open market on March 10. A lot more goes into tagging...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Lions will not franchise tag Ndamukong Suh

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports The Detroit Lions announced Monday that they will not use their franchise tag on  All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. At a price tag of $26.9 million, the Lions declined to use the tag and will let Suh become an unrestricted free agent on March 10. A four-time All-Pro and Pro Bowler, Suh, 28, led the Lions with 8.5 sacks and his 37 quarterback...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions release Reggie Bush

  The Detroit Lions have cut running back Reggie Bush, the team announced Wednesday. “You’ve got to look at the contribution versus how much you’re paying the player,” Mayhew said. “It’s what they give you versus what you pay them. That’s a process we spend a lot of time on. He’s just one of the players we look at.” Bush still has two years remaining on a...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Proposed new Detroit Lions helmet is the coolest one made so far

Right now concept helmets for NFL teams are all the rage, including models made for the Detroit Lions. Here’s the latest one that dropped earlier this week from the folks at Paul Bunyan Design. Via Paul Bunyan Design That is awesome. You can check out all the NFL helmets from PBD right here. You may also be interested in: Proposed new Detroit Lions helmet is the coolest one...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford praised in this week’s QB rankings

Quarterback is the most important position in all of sports. That’s why teams are so willing to pony up big bucks to a signal caller when they have (or think they have) a guy who can do the job. One look at the highest paid players in the NFL will support this fact; it’s a list littered with QBs. But part of the equation is also tied to supply and demand. Sometimes, teams are...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Proposed new Detroit Lions helmet is the coolest thing you’ll see this month

The fellas at Deeyung Entertainment dropped 32 new NFL helmet designs Tuesday, including one for the Detroit Lions. Via Deeyung Entertainment AROUND COVER32 Free Agents: The top-10 wide receivers on the market QB Rankings: Rating today’s starters from 1-32 based on their cap value That’s so cool. You can check out all 32 concept helmets here. You may also be interested in...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford too high in latest QB rankings?

Quarterback is the most important position in all of sports. That’s why teams are so willing to pony up big bucks to a signal caller when they have (or think they have) a guy who can do the job. One look at the highest paid players in the NFL will support this fact; it’s a list littered with QBs. If the mega-contract is given to a player who is actually worthy of big money, it’s...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

If tagged, Ndamukong Suh would take up $36 million on Lions cap in 2015

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports The Detroit Lions’ two-week window to make a decision on whether to use the franchise or transition tag for Ndamukong Suh officially begins Monday. The Lions have from now until March 2 at 4 p.m. to decide if Suh’s tag number of more than $26.7 million is worth it. According to ESPN, the Lions remain undecided on the decision. Colleague Ed Werder...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Fairely found not guilty of DUI

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was found not guilty of driving under the influence, but guilty of reckless driving, by a jury in Mobile County, Alabama, television station WKRG reported Friday. Fairley was driving 100 mph in his Cadillac Escalade at the time he was pulled over in May 2012. According to WKRG, Fairley will have to pay a $500 fine for the reckless...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Young QB prospect impresses in workout for the Detroit Lions

Multiple sources online have reported that the Detroit Lions brought in quarterback Tajh Boyd for a workout yesterday… AROUND COVER32 QB Rankings: Rating all 32 starters if needed for just one game Power Rankings: Rating NFL owners from 1-32s By most accounts, the workout went fairly well: Sounds like Tajh Boyd had a good workout for the Lions today. Nothing imminent with a...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions non pass interference call named a key moment from 2014 season

What an incredible ending to an amazing NFL season. Now that it’s all over, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and remember some of the biggest moments from 2014. QPrism came up with a handy infographic with a timeline of all the big events from Ray Rice’s arrest to the Super Bowl pick. Detroit Lions fans probably won’t be happy that their big moment was the pass interference...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Check out Lions' Matthew Stafford, fiance's wedding registry

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and his fiance clearly realize that not all of the friends and relatives who will be attending their wedding are as rich as an NFL star. Stafford and Kelly Hall have registered at Williams-Sonoma with a wide variety of price ranges on their wish list. It starts with a wine bottle stopper for $9.95 and includes poultry shears for $26, a burger...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

How does Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford do in one-game QB Power Rankings?

Not all quarterbacks are created equally; that’s something that is apparent on a weekly basis during the NFL season. Thus, it’s important to have a signal caller who can step up and make plays when the pressure is on. It’s vital to have a quarterback that can handle the pressure of having everything on the line during one 60-minute test. That was the basis for cover32′s latest...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Matthew Stafford’s and Kelly Hall’s wedding registry has expensive taste Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is marrying his longtime girlfriend, now fiancee, Kelly Hall on April 4, 2015.  CBS Detroit poked around online and found part of their wedding registry from kitchen store extraordinaire Williams-Sonoma. Notice the veteran move with the Kelly Hall and “John” Stafford. What do you buy a couple whose breadwinner’s net worth...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

McShay: Jameis is second-best QB prospect of past decade

ESPN NFL draft expert Todd McShay has a history of interesting takes and analysis. But his most recent view is rather eye-opening. The veteran media scout indicated recently on ESPN that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is the second-best quarterback prospect of the past 10 years from an on-field perspective (h/t Business Insider). From purely on the field, the grade...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford tabbed as a top option for next 10 years

On Wednesday, cover32′s weekly Quarterback Ratings had a slightly different spin to them. Instead of just ranking all of the league’s current signal callers from best to worst, each of the 32 starters was graded based on how good of a prospect they are for the next 10 years. It made for an interesting list, as some of the game’s top passers fell toward the bottom because they...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Stafford Is Not a Franchise Quarterback

Matthew Stafford is 0-2 in the playoffs as a six year starter. Matthew Stafford is a true starting quarterback in the NFL there is no doubt about it. He has superior arm talent than most quarterbacks in the NFL, and can make every throw that is required.  He has all the physical abilities one could want in a franchise quarterback. However, in my opinion, Matthew Stafford does not...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Detroit Lions consider a QB in the 2015 NFL Draft?

Right now, the Detroit Lions are set at quarterback. Matthew Stafford is a bona fide star, a clutch player who makes the franchise a viable Super Bowl contender. And he’s coming off a season in which he grew by leaps and bounds, eliminating a lot of the mistakes that plagued him earlier in his career. But behind Stafford, things are pretty thin for the Lions. At season’s end...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions: Stafford and Tate shine in Pro Bowl

It seemed that all the Detroit Lions players took advantage of playing in this year’s Pro Bowl as Matthew Stafford, Golden Tate, and Glover Quinn all had good games. Stafford won the offensive MVP of the game and Golden and Glover had their moments in the game. Now, even though this game was equivalent to a casual pickup game, it still has Lions fans looking forward to next year...
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Stafford donates $1M to help renovate Detroit's Lipke Recreation Center

A couple days after being named the Pro Bowl's offensive MVP, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford announced that he's become part of a revitalization project to help Detroit youngsters. Stafford is donating $1 million through his Score 7 Charitable Fund to help renovate the shutdown Lipke Recreation Center on the city's east side and turn it into a fledgling academic/athletic...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Matthew Stafford to donate $1 million for football facility at Lipke Rec Center

@Lions On Tuesday, the Lions and Matthew Stafford announced that the franchise quarterback is donating $1 million to build a football facility in the Lipke Recreation Center in Detroit.  The center has been closed, but Stafford was on hand for the announcement in conjunction with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom. The plan will cost a total...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Quarterbacks are no longer worth an early-draft gamble

For anyone (and we’re looking at you, Chip Kelly) considering a bold move to climb the draft board April 30 in order to land this year’s near-consensus top quarterback, Marcus Mariota, please consider that the odds of Mariota becoming a franchise quarterback are probably no better than 50/50. I elaborated on this in a recent article at Bleacher Report, but I want to expand beyond...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Three and out: Stafford shines in Pro Bowl

FIRST DOWN The general reaction around here to Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford being added to the Pro Bowl roster was that he didn't deserve the invite. His statistics certainly weren't all that impressive. He finished ninth in passing yardage (4,257), 14th in touchdown passes (22) and 20th in passer rating (85.7) among quarterbacks with at least 300 attempts. Stafford...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders add two quality position coaches

The Oakland Raiders still do not have a defensive coordinator at the time that I am writing this post. But despite that fact, they are still adding position coaches to the staff. On Thursday, they added quarterbacks coach Todd Downing and defensive position coach Sal Sunseri. The two are rather opposite in their experience with Downing being a young offensive mind with a bright future...
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January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions Offseason Musts

The Detroit Lions had an impressive, enjoyable 11-5 2014 season, upgrading from their abysmal 7-9 2013 season. The Lions had a top-three defense, boasted a lot of young talent, and clinched their first playoff berth since 2011.Not so fast; Detroit can't tip their caps just yet -- we all know what happened when they did after their magical 2011 season: collapsed two seasons back-to...
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January 18, 2015  |  Discuss
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