Archive for December, 2009

Time For Our Lions To Trade Calvin Johnson

Posted in Detroit Lions with tags , , , , on December 6, 2009 by bigoranged

It’s time for our Detroit Lions to trade Calvin Johnson. I can hear the heckles right now, but hear me out.

Calvin Johnson is injured too often.  He’s spent too much time warming the injured list and not enough time on the field helping this team.

When Johnson is healthy, he’s great.  But all too often he’s injured.  This pattern of getting injured is not going away.  If this pattern repeats, we may end up with a stud receiver who can’t play and gives us nothing in return.

It’s time to trade him while he has plenty of value.  I can hear the objections though.

“But he’s our best stud wide receiver!”

This is true. But here’s the deal.  You don’t need a stud wide receiver to win a super bowl.  To win a superbowl you need a qb who can pass the ball and quality receivers who can catch.  At least on the offensive side.  You need an o-line who can give the qb time to pass or the rb lanes to run in.

It doesn’t matter if you have four stud WR’s. Without that o-line to protect the qb, the wr’s won’t matter.  So let’s trade Calvin now while we can, while his value is high.  We can get some great draft picks in return. Or maybe some o-line.  Or maybe a combination of both.

Our team got a great trade last year out of Roy Williams. Imagine what can be done with Calvin Johson.

We have receivers that can catch the ball. We have running-backs who can find lanes and run well. What we don’t have is the o-line to make all this happen.

To me, the long term payoff of trading ONE injury prone receiver for the LONG term benefits of a strong o-line, well, it just makes sense.

The red flags of CJ’s perpetual injuries are blatantly obvious.  Even a blind person can see them.  He still has some value and some team will be sucker enough to give up a lot for him.

What happens if we keep him?  Well, if we can predict the future by looking at the past, he’ll continue to be injured way too often. When he does play, he’ll give us short and sporadic big plays to oggle.  Which is nice for a fan to watch if you’re only going to look at the small picture.

This team will continue to lose because our qb won’t have the o-line that allows him time to get the ball to the receivers consistently.  Our runningbacks will continue to operate at a subpar level.

But hey, if you’re content with seeing this guy play a few games a year and make sporadic big plays as the team loses, more power to you.

I’d rather get maximum value for him now. See this team build a credible o-line.  Then watch with a smile as our qb has time to get the ball to ‘quality’ receivers. Yeah they may not be studs, but if you got a strong o-line, quality receivers is all you need.

But the choice rests with Lion’s leadership. I hope they make the right decision.