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2014 Schedule Released

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Jeff Risdon

The NFL released the 2014 schedule with much ado. As I write this the NFL Network is about 20 minutes into a 3-hour hype fest celebrating the release, while ESPN is doing the same.

For the record, I find it overblown and fairly pointless to speculate about wins and losses on the schedule at this point. The only reason you should care about it is to schedule road trips, or plan for special games like the opening Monday Nighter. (more…)

Ten Definitive Statements About This Draft

Thursday, April 17th, 2014


Jeff Risdon

It’s the peak of speculation season, and that leads to some nonsensical discussions and circular arguments where draft pundits attempt to leave themselves wiggle room on either side of an issue.

I find myself guilty of this at times too, and quite frankly it disgusts me. Have some confidence and authority to your opinions instead of sniveling behind the keyboard and changing your opinion when the prevailing winds alter course!

In that spirit, here are ten definitive statements I am comfortable making about the 2014 NFL Draft. I’d rather be boldly wrong than feebly correct. I strongly encourage y’all (hey, I lived in Texas!) to develop some testicular fortitude and do the same. (more…)

Draft Time Myths

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Which of these Aggies will be drafted first?

With less than four weeks to the 2014 NFL Draft, rumors and myths are flying about the airwaves and Twittersphere. Some of these have legit legs, while others are nothing more than hot air blown by those with questionable motivation or simply too much time on their hands. To quote Tommy Shaw:

“Yeah I’m sitting on this bar stool talking like a damn fool…
…So much chatter, so much noise, it’s hard to believe such a calamity. Is it any wonder I’m sane at all?”

That’s what happens in a protracted draft season. Every day is another crossing of the hellish speculative waters of the Styx.

Here are a few popular draft takes and whether you should lend them credence or simply chalk them up to too much time for minds to wander. (more…)

Mock Draft: Darren Page’s 3-rounder

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014


Darren Page @DarrenPage15

Here is a glance into my admittedly blurry (but clearing by day!) crystal ball.  Disclaimer: the written explanations are not my sole rationale for why these picks could happen.

First Round

1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina – The Watt/Clowney tandem is a terrifying proposition for the rest of the NFL.

2. St. Louis Rams: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn – Assuming Jake Long gets back into the lineup, the Rams can stick Robinson on the right side and have a formidable offensive line.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville – Are the rumors of Teddy Bridgewater falling for real?  I’m not so sure.

4. Cleveland Browns: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M – Cleveland has reinforced their wide receiver corps through free agency, but lining Evans up opposite Josh Gordon will put pressure on coverage schemes.

5. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson – If you go to war with Matt Schaub, you better have a sharp sword for him. (more…)

Teryl Austin: Breaking Down What to Expect in Detroit

Monday, April 7th, 2014

New Lions Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin (photo courtesy

By Kent Lee Platte, DLD Contributor

It has been three years since Teryl Austin had his first and only shot as a Defensive Coordinator at the University of Florida.  Lions fans area already aware that Austin was the Secondaries coach for the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, and the basic assumption is that Austin would bring some of the defensive strategies and tendencies from the Ravens to the team.  That’s a fair assumption, being that it is his most recent job in football, but I feel the best method to really see what Austin likes to do as a play caller is to look at what he did when he was actually calling plays.

To delve into that, I’ve went back to the 2010 Florida Gators and taken a look not only at the types of plays he likes to call but also the tendencies he used in coverage, blitzing, and general aggressiveness against various levels of competition.  In doing so, I will address some of the rumors and perceptions Lions fans have about the type of defense they should expect to see in Detroit for 2014. (more…)

Final Cornerback Big Board

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

This year, Detroit Lions Draft offers a cumulative ranking for each position.

These are a combination of numerical rankings from founder/editor Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) and Lead Scout Darren Page (@DarrenPage15).

In order to make a ranking, one of the evaluators must have broken down at least three games from the 2013 season, or have enough of a prior background to offer an educated opinion. (more…)

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