Posts Tagged ‘Jim Schwartz’

Jim Caldwell: How He Can Succeed

Friday, January 17th, 2014

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Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

It took a little longer than anticipated, but the Detroit Lions landed their presumptive second choice for successor to Jim Schwartz. The announcement that Jim Caldwell will lead the Lions caught many by surprise. (more…)

Lions Notebook: Thinking Out Loud

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

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Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

With the Jim Schwartz era mercifully over, we have entered the season of uncertainty with the Detroit Lions. Here are my takes on a few issues: (more…)

Five Potential Replacements for Jim Schwartz

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Brian Billick has hoisted the Lombardi Trophy, something no coach has ever done in Detroit (Photo from

Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

Fire Schwartz! That seems to be the overwhelming sentiment across the Mitten State after Monday night’s disaster. Most everyone expects the Ford family to engage the killswitch on the embattled coach once the season ends, but it’s not a foregone conclusion that Schwartz is out.

The Lions still have more realistic playoff chances than the bitter, fatigued fan base realizes. Of course those aspirations revolve on the Lions winning against the Giants and Vikings over the last two weeks, which is (rightly) the source of the pessimism. (more…)

Lions vs. Ravens: Six Hidden Matchups

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Will Jonte Green keep his head in his first extended action of 2013? And thank goodness that SIlva guy is gone!

Kent Lee Platte, DLD Writer

I set up several under the radar matchups last week against the Eagles and while I missed the biggest one (Everyone vs. the Weather), I totally nailed Gunther Cunningham’s adjustments, the Secondary embarrassing themselves, and Matthew Stafford’s mistakes.  Hooray for me!

Unfortunately, those are things I had rather hoped the team would come out on the winning side on, and instead we ended up witnessing a team not only fail at pretty much everything for 30 minutes straight, but do so in pretty epic fashion.  With a Bears and Packers victory, the path to the Playoffs for the Lions isn’t as clear and they come into Monday Night Football without any kind of cushion and three must wins ahead of them.  (more…)

The Lions and Coaching Purgatory

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Justin Simon, DLD Writer

Are the Lions for real? That’s the question everyone seems to be asking themselves this season. Everyone from local and national media, to fans, and everyone in between can’t seem to figure out why the Lions aren’t better than their record would indicate.

They have by far the most talented roster we’ve seen in the last decade. The offense is lead by a more than capable quarterback in Matthew Stafford. They have the best wide receiver in the game in Calvin Johnson. And they finally look to have a dynamic run game with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. On the other side of the ball, the defense is also not short of talent. Everyone knows about Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley on the defensive line. Linebackers Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy are both playing at near Pro Bowl levels. The Lions have their best pair of safeties I’ve ever seen in Louis Delmas and Glover Quin. So what am I missing? (more…)

Six Hidden Matchups for the Lions vs. the Buccaneers

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

O-la, o-la-ay…rollin’ with Tiquan Underwood (photo courtesy

Kent Lee Platte, DLD Writer

Despite suffering an embarrassing loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Lions are still sitting atop the NFC North and in fact are still clinging to the 3rd seed in the NFC.  This week’s matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is important not only because the Lions need to bounce back and show they can win, but because it is an NFC opponent meaning the playoff implications are much bigger.

There are plenty of upfront matchups to look at, most notably the league’s best receiver going against its best cornerback, so there’s no need for me to hash those out here.  Another thing I’ll mention and then move on is how the Lions have to handle this game mentally, I don’t think we need to go into detail about how damaging a loss at this point in the season at home to a conference opponent can be.  So skipping over the obvious, we’ll jump right the under the radar match ups in this week’s make or break game! (more…)

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