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Yea, that's cool about honoring Tom. It was well deserved.

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http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_ ... eff-backus

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Big Decision: Lions and Jeff Backus
By Kevin Seifert

Earlier this month, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew suggested he was entering "probably the most challenging offseason so far" of his tenure. His team has salary-cap issues at a time when some important players are approaching free agency, and the Lions also have a conundrum at a key position with no clear answer in view.

Veteran left tackle Jeff Backus had major surgery Jan. 9 after tearing a biceps muscle late in the Lions' season-ending playoff loss at the New Orleans Saints. He is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March, and the Lions don't have an obvious heir apparent to promote.

Backus will turn 35 in September, and the Lions will have to replace him at some point in the next few years. Will the injury, their cap situation and the occasion of his expiring contract accelerate the timetable? Mayhew said he wants Backus to return, but it's only fair to point out that general managers always say that at this time of year.

All indications suggest Backus' arm will be healed by the start of training camp. He hasn't missed a game in 11 NFL seasons, and the one player who might qualify as a potential replacement has appeared in only four games in two NFL seasons. Jason Fox, a fourth-round draft pick in 2010, has impressed the Lions in between injuries but can hardly be relied on as a starter entering training camp in 2012.

So unless they can grab a promising (and healthy) left tackle in the 2012 draft, the Lions might have no choice but to wait out Backus' rehabilitation and re-sign him as training camp approaches. He won't come cheap, having earned about $6.5 million in 2011, but even a cap-strapped team will have a hard time going cheap at the left tackle position.

The good news is that Backus finished the 2011 season well after a partially torn pectoral muscle seemed to limit him early on. Pro Football Focus (PFF) grades each block by NFL offensive linemen and gave Backus its highest grade among left tackles in the NFC North. He allowed seven sacks on the season, but five came in two games during the first half of the season, according to PFF.

The Lions just got franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford through the first 16-game season of his career. Chances are they won't risk a shaky situation with Stafford's backside protector anytime soon.

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http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_ ... -pettigrew

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Lions made prime use of Brandon Pettigrew
By Kevin Seifert

On several occasions during his tenure, Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz has emphasized the importance of drafting players with a specific role in mind for the team's scheme. In researching our 2011 All-NFC North team, it became clear that tight end Brandon Pettigrew is a prime example of that philosophy.

I chose Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley over Pettigrew for the team, but that shouldn't diminish Pettigrew's fundamental importance to the Lions' offense. The Lions drafted Pettigrew with the No. 20 overall pick in 2009, the highest selection for a tight end in the past five years. In 2011, we found out explicitly why a rebuilding team had prioritized what is normally a complementary position.

Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has a long history of utilizing tight ends in the passing game, and one of his primary philosophies is to use the same personnel in various sets to limit the ability of defenses to match up. Pettigrew has ably filled the role of a reliable, if unspectacular, workhorse under those parameters.

The Lions used Pettigrew in 2011 as much as any team in the NFL used their top tight end. He was on the field for 1,043 snaps -- more than every tight end except the New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski -- and played the fifth-highest percentage of his team's snaps (94.5).

The Lions targeted Pettigrew on 115 passes, tied for the third-highest total among NFL tight ends, and his 83 receptions also ranked third.

In choosing Finley, I noted that he was used in a lower-percentage scheme that featured more downfield passes. Pettigrew, on the other hand, was in many ways an extension of the Lions' running game.

But that's the point, isn't it? Pettigrew demonstrated the diversity required in the Lions' scheme. It requires a level of pass-catching skill to haul in 83 passes, no matter how short they are. And because he is more than an adequate blocker, there was never a reason to take him off the field. As a result, Pettigrew's presence never tips off a defense about an upcoming play call.

On another team or in a different scheme, drafting Pettigrew in the first round would have been a luxury. But the Lions insisted he would be an integral part of their approach, and in 2011 he was.

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February 10th, 2012, 3:33 pm
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This will only add to the speculation that the Lions will target Cortland Finnegan‎ this offseason.

http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/20 ... _robe.html

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Detroit Lions hire Marcus Robertson as assistant defensive backs coach

ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions have hired Marcus Robertson as its new defensive assistant/secondary coach.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz and Robertson previously worked together in Tennessee before he took over Detroit's franchise.

Robertson spent four years (2003-06) as the Titans' Director of Player Development. He joined Tennessee's coaching staff as an assistant secondary coach in 2007. Robertson served in that role before becoming Tennessee's defensive backs coach in 2009.

Last season, the Titans ranked 11th in the NFL in interceptions with 17 picks and four of the team's top five tacklers were members of the secondary

Robertson was originally drafted by the Houston Oilers in the fourth round of the 1991 NFL Draft. He played 10 years with the Oilers/Titans and two seasons in Seattle. Robertson, named first team All-Pro at free safety in 1993 and 1997, recorded 22 interceptions in his Titans/Oilers career and played in the post-season in five of his 10 seasons with the franchise.

Over the course of his 12-year NFL career, Robertson played in 157 games (144 starts) with 851 tackles, 24 interceptions and 1.5 sacks.

Robertson fills the coaching vacancy created when former Detroit defensive assistant coach Brandon Fisher, son of Jeff Fisher, left the Lions to join his dad's staff in St. Louis.

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http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_ ... ortscenter

Stafford on Sports Center


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http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/20 ... gle+Reader

Good breakdown of the Lions run game this season. Part of a series of articles breaking down different aspects of the team.


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http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-trian ... ce-jackson

A little Q &A with Lawrence Jackson.


March 6th, 2012, 8:59 pm
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http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/20 ... ender.html

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Detroit Lions intend to tender tackle Corey Hilliard; receiver Maurice Stovall will hit free agency

The Detroit Lions want restricted free agent tackle Corey Hilliard on its team in 2012.

Detroit will place a tender on Hilliard tomorrow and prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent, according to sources. The Lions have until 4 p.m. on Tuesday to tender Hilliard, linebacker DeAndre Levey and defensive tackle Sammie Hill or risk losing them to free agency.

Hilliard, who has less than fours years of NFL experience, will receive a "low" tender. Since he was drafted in the sixth-round, any team that wants to sign Hilliard must give up a similar pick in this year's draft. If an interested team makes an offer, Detroit has seven days to counter or let Hilliard walk.

Last season, Hilliard earned $685,000, but will receiver over $1.2 million in 2012 with the one-year deal.

After New England made Hilliard a sixth-round selection in 2007, he spent time on Indianapolis' and Cleveland's squads. Hilliard was signed off Cleveland's practice squad by Detroit on December 9, 2009.

Hilliard has appeared in 32 games over the past two seasons for Detroit. He had four starts in 2010 and one last season (against Kansas City). He has the ability to play left tackle, right tackle and guard, making Hilliard a valuable asset on Detroit's offensive line.

Meanwhile, Lions receiver Maurice Stovall will test the free agent market.

Stovall signed a one-year contract with Detroit prior to last season. He appeared in 15 games and played primarily on special teams. Stovall, a former third round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006, had one reception for eight yards last season.

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According to Yahoo sports, we're interested in Laron Landry. Dude is a beast when healthy, but he's rarely been healthy in recent seasons.


March 13th, 2012, 8:12 pm
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Post Lions are quiet so far on free-agent front
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March 14, 2012 at 1:22 am

Lions are quiet so far on free-agent front

By Chris McCosky
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Drew Stanton has spent his entire NFL career with the Lions. The former Michigan State star didn’t play last season. (Daniel Mears/Detroit News)


Allen Park— The Lions left it to others Tuesday to fire the first shots in free agency.

They still need to shed some payroll to facilitate signing their free agents — Jeff Backus, Stephen Tulloch, Eric Wright, Shaun Hill and others — before they can go after other free agents.

They are still, presumably, working on a long-term extension with receiver Calvin Johnson, who would otherwise go on the books for $21.1 million in the final year of his rookie contract.

And their ability to get that deal done will greatly impact their free agent activity.

Phone calls to the agents for Backus, Tulloch and Wright were not returned Tuesday. Neither general manager Martin Mayhew nor Tom Lewand were available for comment.

But according to ESPN and the NFL Network, several teams have expressed interest in Wright. San Francisco, Washington and Tampa Bay are among the teams reaching out to Wright.

And, reports out of New York indicated free-agent quarterback Drew Stanton planned to visit the Jets this week.

At the end of last season, Stanton, 27, made it clear he wouldn't mind returning, but would seek an opportunity for a larger role.

Mayhew has said he wants to bring Shaun Hill and Stanton back, but understood Stanton's desire for more playing time.

The Lions also are expected to host former Carolina offensive tackle Geoff Schwartz this week. Schwartz, who started all 16 games for the Panthers in 2010, missed last season with a hip injury. He's 25 years old.

Several sources also indicated the Lions have expressed an interest in former Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne as a possible replacement if Tulloch is not re-signed. Hawthorne has posted 100-plus tackles the last three seasons.

Yahoo Sports reported the Lions were among several teams with interest in safety LaRon Landry. The Jets, Eagles and Bears were also mentioned.

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Wright just signed a 5 year deal with Tampa, so that lightens our load a little I think.

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McNeil along with CB Jacob Lacey will visit tomorrow. If he can get medically cleared, he'd be a huge addition.


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I didn't want to start a thread for this...

The Detroit News wrote:
March 31, 2012 at 1:00 am

Ex-Lions, Michigan State receiver Charles Rogers wanted by Saginaw police


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Former Lions and Michigan State receiver Charles Rogers has yet to turn himself in on two warrants seeking his arrest in Saginaw, WJRT-TV reported. (David Coates/Detroit News)


Former Lions and Michigan State receiver Charles Rogers has yet to turn himself in on two warrants seeking his arrest in Saginaw, WJRT-TV reported.

Rogers, 30, is charged with five misdemeanors in two unrelated incidents.

Rogers is charged with making a malicious phone call and conspiring to commit a crime in March, and possessing marijuana, an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and driving on a suspended license in December.

The marijuana charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail, while the phone call charge carries a six-month maximum sentence.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2012 ... z1qgm996AQ


What a hot mess Rogers has become. He had all the potential in the world and threw everything away. All because getting high was more important than anything else. Such a shame. What a waste!

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LionFan57 wrote:
I didn't want to start a thread for this...

The Detroit News wrote:
March 31, 2012 at 1:00 am

Ex-Lions, Michigan State receiver Charles Rogers wanted by Saginaw police


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Former Lions and Michigan State receiver Charles Rogers has yet to turn himself in on two warrants seeking his arrest in Saginaw, WJRT-TV reported. (David Coates/Detroit News)


Former Lions and Michigan State receiver Charles Rogers has yet to turn himself in on two warrants seeking his arrest in Saginaw, WJRT-TV reported.

Rogers, 30, is charged with five misdemeanors in two unrelated incidents.

Rogers is charged with making a malicious phone call and conspiring to commit a crime in March, and possessing marijuana, an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and driving on a suspended license in December.

The marijuana charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail, while the phone call charge carries a six-month maximum sentence.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2012 ... z1qgm996AQ


What a hot mess Rogers has become. He had all the potential in the world and threw everything away. All because getting high was more important than anything else. Such a shame. What a waste!


What do you expect from someone who's dad is Named Charles Brown? I don't know why he didn't get his dad's last name. I used to work with his dad at GM in Lansing. They shut down the assembly line for 10 minutes and had a short party the Monday after CRog was drafted.


March 31st, 2012, 9:54 am
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Gosder Cherilus says Lions' veteran offensive line is exuding confidence

April 9, 2012
By Carlos Monarrez
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The Lions' offensive line prepares to begin its third year together with the same starters still in place. That continuity -- not to mention an explosive 5,000-yard passing offense -- has given right tackle Gosder Cherilus plenty of confidence.

"We've been together for a while now," the four-year veteran said. "The whole line came together. We speak each other's language and kind of understand what we want to do as a group and I felt like for the most part this year we did that. I think next year will be even better."

Better? How about the best?

"Just walking up to the line, we have this confidence, this swagger like we don't care what you do," he said. "It's about what we do. If you do your best and we do our best, our best will beat your best. That's how I feel."

It isn't hard to understand why Cherilus is so encouraged. He began his career in the smoldering chaos of the Lions' 0-16 season and tasted the playoffs just three years later.

Cherilus also made a comeback of his own. He fought his way back from microfracture surgery on his right knee in December 2010 and started the 2011 season. He was benched after the first game for a costly penalty and then didn't commit another until Week 14 and finished with the second-fewest penalties on the offensive line.

"You're talking about the game of football," he said. "So many things can go right and wrong. At the end of the day, a little bump in the road. Don't let it hold you back.

"So I'm glad that last year around this time I was on crutches and this year I was able to finish and be part of my first playoff team."



I don't get it. There is very little to be excited about with this O-line IMO. They're weak, undersized, overly penalized, Backus & Raiola are old, lethargic, lack depth, abysmal at run blocking. On their very best days they are average! The Lions O-line is the worst unit on the offense!

Cherilus might be the dumbest lineman in the history of the game. I'm happy that he's positive and excited but I'm perplexed as to why he feels this way. The fact that they've been playing together is nice but it would be more helpful if there was some real talent. With the exception of bringing in Rob Simms a few years ago this has largely been an overlooked unit. As far as I'm concerned this unit needs a ton of work just to become satisfactory.

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