Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 11:15 AM EST Jan 14, 2019 It started with a knee, or eight of them, and on Monday, Detroit Lions players and owner Martha Ford took the next step in their continuing pledge to help causes important to the community. Ford and Lions players pledged $600,000, with Ford matching player contributions, to help launch the new "Detroit Lions Inspire Change" initiative around the city. The money will help fund three causes chosen by players in a process that was set in motion when eight Lions took a knee during the singing of the national anthem for a 2017 game against the Atlanta Falcons. The players, just three of whom remain with the team – A'Shawn Robinson, Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Steve Longa – were protesting social injustices and demonstrating against insensitive remarks made by President Donald Trump. Ford met with the team in the days after their protest and said she'd be willing to both donate money and her name to … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions begin ‘Inspire Change’ for community efforts
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Mitch Albom Detroit Free Press Published 12:01 AM EST Jan 13, 2019 I think the tipping point came last week, near the end of the NBC broadcast of the Bears-Eagles game, when Golden Tate caught a touchdown to propel Philadelphia into the second round of the playoffs. “The trade…was officially…worth it!” exclaimed Cris Collinsworth. Yeah. Thanks. Collinsworth had jabbed another dagger into the heart of a serious Detroit Lions affliction, something this year we call “Ebronitis.” In previous years it’s been called other things: “Avrilitis,” or even “Belichickitis.” It’s all the same disease. A dictionary would define it as “The maddening success of a football talent once he leaves Detroit.” The illustration would be a Lions fan pulling the hair out of his head. “Ebronitis,” this year’s version, was triggered by tight end Eric Ebron, who for four years caused … [Read more...] about Mitch Albom: Ex-Detroit Lions in playoffs gives us heartburn
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 3:10 PM EST Jan 10, 2019 Allen Park — It's all quiet on the offensive coordinator front, so it felt like a good time to do a Detroit Lions mailbag. What is a going on with the OC search? With no news or rumors about it, I am afraid they are just going to hire from within. — @kered316 Understandably, there are a lot of questions about the offensive coordinator opening, and I'm here to tell you I know almost nothing. That's a more difficult thing for me to write than you to read, trust me. The organization is in lockdown in regards to the process, and based on the reporting of others, including those at top national outlets, they're running into the same brick walls with their sources. And coaching is almost always a trickier topic to unearth information. The circles are tighter, the agent information isn't easily accessible, so unless there's a leak from the organization or those being interviewed, we … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions mailbag: What should be done at offensive coordinator?
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 1:15 PM EST Jan 10, 2019 The Detroit Lions hired Bob Quinn as general manager three years ago this week, after a 7-9 season that, much like the one that just finished, started with some embarrassing losses in the first half of the season. The Lions went 6-10 in 2018, not exactly where the organization hoped to be three years into Quinn’s tenure. They’ve missed the playoffs the last two seasons and this season finished in last place in the NFC North. Quinn was asked last week where he thought the organization was better than when he arrived. He pointed to both lines and an improved running game, and mentioned some of the defensive stalwarts he’s added to the roster. More from Seidel: It's now-or-never for Quinn to turn around Lions “I think we’re a more physical team,” he said. “I think we have a much better sound, fundamentally, defense, especially run defense. I think we play a physical … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions better or worse under Bob Quinn? A deep dive
Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Jan 9, 2019 Before the coordinators are hired. Before the coaches return. Before the combine and the draft. Before any of it, Matt Patricia needs to take a long, hard look at why he failed as a rookie coach for the Detroit Lions this season. He promised as much in his season-ending news conference. “As always,” he said, following a 6-10 finish, “I’ll start with myself first and anything that I can do to be a better head coach, better leader of this team, better ways to improve myself so that we all can push forward and give ourselves a better chance to win.” That’s a good start. Introspection is invaluable. And failure is a great teacher. And now Patricia has me. I’m offering my advice to help him navigate his second season. You’re welcome, coach. I present: “Matt Patricia’s 2019 Survival Guide.” And it is indeed a survival guide. If the Lions get off to a … [Read more...] about How Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia can survive 2019 season