Posts Tagged ‘Kyle Vanden Bosch’

On the Release of Peterman and VandenBosch

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Lions GM Martin Mayhew has made the tough choices needed to progress (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

A day after releasing malcontent wideout Titus Young, the Lions made two more moves with much broader significance on Tuesday. Two longtime starters, right guard Stephen Peterman and defensive end Kyle VandenBosch, were released by GM Martin Mayhew.

On the surface, these moves are all about saving money under the salary cap. The constraints forced on the Lions having to pay over $50M of the approximately $122M cap number to just three players (Stafford, Suh, Johnson) mean that pennies must be pinched. Young’s release did little to impact that bottom line, but the Tuesday moves are a significant step forward in cap reduction.

An Open Letter to Kyle Vanden Bosch

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013


Kyle VandenBosch shares a moment with wife Lindsey. Who wouldn’t want more of this?

 Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

Dear Kyle–

Let me preface this by saying I’ve been a big fan of yours since your days with the Blackshirts at Nebraska. Your intensity, your shoulder-over power rush, your ability to fly inside and cross the face of the guard on a twist, those are things that few could match for a very long time.

But those are figments of the past now. It’s time to retire, Kyle. Deep down I think you realize it yourself. You watch the film. You see the shell of your former self, struggling to get around pedestrian tackles. You see that the burst is gone and you are no longer able to explode through a block. Teams are running right at you and your body just doesn’t have the ability to do much about it any longer. When you line up in a Wide Nine, you no longer have the speed to get to the quarterback or the leverage to hold the edge and offer any defense against the run.

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