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.


No More Cotton Candy Milestones

Posted in Detroit Lions with tags on November 9, 2009 by bigoranged

Last week we heard how Kevin Smith was going to rededicate himself to the running game. Before game one we heard how Jim Schwartz is a stickler for details. Then before the Seahawks game we heard how the Detroit Lions will further the progression of Brandon Pettigrew.

Enough is enough. Statements like these are nothing more than cotton candy. They are shoved in the mouths of the fan to make us think there is real progress being made once and for all. But in the end, these milestones disappear like cotton candy. Every week there is some new breakthrough thing this team plans on doing to set the tables right once and for all!

There is only one thing that will set the table straight. That one thing is doing the basics on every play and in every game. If they execute that, then the tables will be set straight again.

So enough with the cotton candy. It disappears and doesn’t last.

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No More Excuses

Posted in Detroit Lions on October 23, 2009 by bigoranged

Losing has become acceptable in Detroit. Winning sporadically is acceptable in Detroit. Moral victories are acceptable in Detroit. The only thing that doesn’t seem acceptable is actually winning!

Year after year we see and hear the same things. A string of losses is followed by a win and we celebrate, only to fall back and play poorly. Our team hangs tough against a team, but doesn’t win and we hear, “Hey they played hard, that’s progress. They’re on the right track.” These Lions get a new coach and some high draft picks and we hear, “Hey the team is rebuilding, give them some time, be patient.”

This plays like a broken record over and over. I’m here to declare that the broken record is nothing more than excuses. That’s right, they’re nothing than an acceptable way to allow for perpetual failure in Detroit.

We keep hearing about a culture change in Detroit. How about a culture change that simply says, “No more excuses.”

A loss is a loss. A string of losses is a string of losses. A moral victory is a loss. Losing is bad. Winning is good.

Until this simple equation gets burned in the minds of our Detroit Lions, the pattern will continue.

Detroit Lions vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 10-11-09

Posted in Detroit Lions with tags , , , , , on October 11, 2009 by bigoranged

Four words.  It’s time to win.

Our Detroit Lions chose to lose again today.  It’s time to quit reveling in moral victories and ‘progress’.  This team has the potential and talent to win now!

For too long this team has talked about changing the culture in Detroit.  Two things that need to change are being content with sporadic wins and being content with ‘progress’ even when there is a loss.

When our Detroit Lions beat the Redskins, this team, city and fans celebrated as if they just won a super bowl and came off a 16-0 season.  I was seriously expecting a parade!

This team right here and right now has the talent to win. It’s time this team play four quarters and not play at 50% after halftime. Time has long passed for this team to be content with sporadic wins and ‘moral victories’, even when they lose.

This team is choosing to lose. They don’t play at 100% for four quarters. They are content with sporadic wins and with ‘moral victories’.

Jim Schwartz needs to get in their face now, and tell them to win. They need to live up to their potential.

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Lions Win – The Job Isn’t Over, It’s Only Just Beginning

Posted in Detroit Lions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2009 by bigoranged

Yes the Detroit Lions won.  The sense about Detroit seems to be that we finally ‘accomplished’ that win.  Yes we did get a win, but that’s not ‘the’ accomplishment.  The job isn’t over here folks.

This team needs to view this as the beginning of a long task, not the end of a long task.  Now is not the time to relax because they finally accomplished that one thing, ‘a win’.

In the past this team would shrink back and almost relax after they won a game or broke a streak of futility.  In the past this team acted like ending the streak of futility was the main task to be completed.  They acted like ONE win ended it and they would go back to business as usual.

These Detroit Lions can not go back to business as usual after this win.  They haven’t finished the race, the race has only begun.

Our team can’t celebrate as if they’ve won the Super Bowl or broken through and that the futility is ended.  When one win is celebrated with so much importance as this win could be celebrated, a mentality of let’s relax and enjoy it could set in. If this happens, we’ll just be right back to having another long losing streak.

We can’t go one step forward only to take ten steps backwards.  Forward is the only direction to go.  You can’t move forward if one win is given too much importance.

Time to put it in perspective as we keep the obstacles and goals ahead in our perspective too.

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Lions Vs. Redskins – Time To Pull The Trigger

Posted in Detroit Lions on September 21, 2009 by bigoranged

Five words describe what our Detroit Lions must do this week.  “Time to pull the trigger.”

Our offense has proven they’re capable of scoring points this year.  They are able to move the ball with both the run and the pass.  For some reason they haven’t taken advantages of the opportunities given them by the defense.

Our Detroit Lions defense has proven they can hold opposing offenses at bay for a good percentage of the game. This Detroit Lions defense has showed they can give our offense opportunities to score.  Our defense is strong!

But at the end of the game, the defense has deteriorated. I don’t think this is the fault of the defense.  I think it’s just a matter of pyschology and momentum.  After a while of holding the other team back, and your offense failing to take advantage, the momentum just shifts and the other team scores points.  These points wouldn’t be so significant if our offense would take advantage of the early opportunities the defense has provided.

So it’s time to pull the trigger.  We’ve established that we can run the ball.  We’ve established that we can pass in the short game.   Our defense has proven they can hold the other team back.  Our Detroit Lions can pull the trigger by taking advantag of the opportunities given by the defense. These Detroit Lions can pull the trigger by passing long once the short game has been establshed.

This team has the talent and the firepower.  Now is time to get the job done.

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No More Tears – Lions Vikings Pregame 9-20-09 Game

Posted in Detroit Lions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2009 by bigoranged

Our Detroit Lions play the Minnesota Vikings this week 9-20-09 at Ford Field.

Things look good for our Detroit Lions this week.  The Minnesota Brett Faverz don’t stand a chance. Or is that Farzverz?
Hey our quarterback can spell his name the way it’s supposed to sound, that has to give us some advantage.  Plus Brett Favre’s ego is bigger than his body can hold, I predict he spontaneously combusts by the second quarter due to his body not being able to hold his ego.

One thing we were told before last week’s game is that Schwartz pays so much attention to detail, that he even tapes the national anthem and reviews it.  If he can correct all the details of last week’s mistakes, this team stands a good chance of winning.

Stafford is humbled but poised. This is probably the first time in a long time Stafford has become humbled.  Being humbled will make him wiser, but not less poised or bold. Look for some wisdom and strength out of Matthew Stafford.

This game is on our own turf this week.  Home field advantage matters some.  We may be playing on our turf this week, but Favre and Peterson will be falling on it a lot due to our defense.  They’ll be so familiar with the turf this week that they’ll know how many squares there are of turf on the field.

Johnson and Johnson makes the shampoo called No More Tears.  This week our receiver combo of Johnson and Johnson will bring nothing but tears to the Minnesota defense.

My big harping point for this week is going to be tight end, tight end, tight end.  Use that first rounder Pettigrew!  He wasn’t drafted so Heller could start.  He was drafted because he’s a great athlete and he should be given the ball.  Getting the ball to him will take the pressure off of our Johnsons and the running game.

That’s all for now.

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