It could be time to worry about the Lions preseason

I’m bullish on the Lions this year, that much is apparent after myself and Leigh Murray pegged them as a playoff team a little over an hour into our Victory Brewing Company influenced Lions Preview Podcast. I think that there’s a lot to be excited about with this team roster wise, and a lot that the national media is overlooking.

With that being said, we are now halfway through what has been two extremely disappointing preseason games. This continues a trend with the Patricia-era Lions, as last preseason they performed so poorly that the usually even-keeled and objective beat writer Dave Birkett called it the least encouraging Lions preseason he had ever seen. It’s also important to note that last years crap preseason bleed into a crap regular season, and a fair amount of questions about whether Matt Patricia is fit to be a NFL head coach.

So here I am once again trying to determine whether or not to let this so far disastrous pre-season effect my opinion on how this team will perform in the regular season.

The first thing that a Lions apologist like myself can point to that will keep the kool-aid flowing is that Matthew Stafford hasn’t even taken a snap yet. He is the most important player on the team, and most teams in the NFL would become instantly inept on offense without their starting signal caller. Yet, it’s not like Stafford is a Brady/Brees type of veteran. He’s 31, and also in the first year of another new offense. Reports out of camp also indicate he’s been inconsistent, so it seems somewhat questionable to have no game reps for him going into the 3rd preseason game.

The preseason is being handled completely differently now days by many coaches. McVay didn’t play any starters, including Goff, in the preseason last year and will do the same this year. Trubisky has played in one series in which he handed the ball off 3 times in the Bears two preseason games so far. So to end the point on Stafford, Patricia and Bevell are doing what they believe is best for the offense and Stafford by prioritizing his health over reps. Whether or not it’s the right decision will play out on the field come September 8th.

Let’s discuss what has happened on the field so far. The Patriots pummeled Detroit 31-3 in a game that had the home crowd booing the Lions as they ran into the locker room for halftime. The Texans beat the Lions the next week 30-23, which doesn’t sound nearly as bad, but with the Lions one always has to look past the box score. The “first team” defense got shredded by Deshaun Watson’s one drive, and the Lions coaching staff and players proceeded to get shredded by this Baldy Breakdown on twitter.

A lot is riding on my opinion of this year’s team for this 3rd preseason game against Buffalo. There are no joint practices, there are no travel days, thus there are no distractions. This team must go out and execute, or risk losing my playoff endorsement.

Forward down the field.

Lions Sign QB Josh Johnson

The back-up QB play in Thursday’s preseason game was abysmal, so Bob Quinn has brought in reinforcements. Josh Johnson started 3 games and appeared in 4 for the Redskins in 2018, now he’s in Allen Park. Last year, Johnson threw for 590 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 4 picks.

Please enjoy this “highlight” video put together by HTTR Productions on YouTube. I cannot believe the person that runs that account took the time to put this together.

Glover Quin Appreciation Post

Former Houston Texan and Detroit Lion Glover Quin has officially retired from the NFL.

Quin was the ultimate iron-man, and started 156 of his 159 career games. Through his 10-year career, Quin tallied 24 interceptions, 737 tackles, 85 passes defended, 10 forced fumbles, four sacks and two interceptions returned for defensive touchdowns. In 2014 he led the league with 7 interceptions and earned himself a second-team All-Pro selection.

As a Lion Quin was a leader in the secondary as well as the entire defense. He deserves credit for much of the success of players like Darius Slay, Quandre Diggs, and hopefully Tracy Walker.

Quin was also a great man off the field. In 2017 he pledged $5,000 for every interception he got to be donated to the relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey in Houston.

My favorite Glover Quin memory came in a week 7 game against the Saints in the Den. Down 23-17 late in the 4th quarter, the Saints faced a 3rd down, and a 1st down conversion would likely put the Lions to bed.

Marques Colston had killed the Lions defense all game up the middle of the field, and the savvy veteran knew that would be the call from Sean Payton at this crucial juncture in the game. Quin picked of Brees, and eventually a Stafford to Corey Fuller TD pass won the game for Detroit.

In 2018 Quin clearly had lost a step, and now it will be time for second-year safety Tracy Walker to fill his role as the rangy free safety in the Detroit Defense.

Lions 7 Round Mock Draft #SVNSZN

While my fellow prophets break out their respective mocks on this Draftmas morning, I’m taking this in a different direction. It’s time for that blatantly obvious Lions bias to show its Honolulu blue colors. For this final mock, I play god a.k.a Bob Quinn and make the Lions selections for this 2019 NFL Draft. So with my Louisville Slugger in hand, here’s the Lions draft haul for the next three days.

Shoutout to The Draft Network where I did this mock simulation. Great content over there.Image result for devin white

Round 1, Pick #8: Devin White, LB, LSU

Devin White is a pure athlete and leader as a pure off-the ball linebacker. People may not like this pick as the Lions spent a first round pick on Jarrad Davis just two drafts ago, however Davis hasn’t exactly become the stud LB we hoped for. The pick also fills a need as the other starting linebacker is Christian Jones,  with Jalen Reeves-Maybin, and Steven Longa as depth pieces. Not good. White fills a need and starts from day 1.

Round 2, Pick #43: Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan

Some people like Winovich better than Rashan Gary, a.k.a me. Winovich is a great athlete and has more sack production with 18 in 3 seasons. I would like to see a corner here, but the value wasn’t there for me personally as Rock Ya-Sin and Amani Oruwariye were selected before #43. Successful d-lines run rotations and keep their guys fresh, and Winovich would be a great add.

Round 3, Pick #88, Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn

This is a little bit of a pick based on what I’ve observed from Detroit rather than my personal feelings about Dean. Dean is a speedster with good size and is a bit of a projection corner in that way. Dean paid a visit to Allen Park in the pre-draft process, so the Lions clearly have interest. His injury history is very concerning though.

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Round 4, Pick #111, Myles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame

The Lions have a sneaky WR need. Marvin Jones is a good number two, and Kenny Golladay has #1 potential but needs to work on his route running and separation ability. Boykin reminds me of Golladay coming out a bit because he has the requisite size, speed, and catching ability you covet in a WR. The route-running and technical parts of the game are unrefined, but the coaching staff developed Golladay nicely and hopefully they can do the same with Boykin.

Round 5, Pick #146, Trevon Wesco, TE, West Virginia

One of my favorite players in the draft. Watch this #BaldyBreakdown. Wesco lacks the desired speed and athleticism for a tight end in the NFL, but more than makes up for it with his superb blocking ability in the run and passing game. Tight Ends have never been the focal point of Matthew Stafford’s offense, so I don’t worry too much about Wesco’s inexperience in that area.

Round 6, Pick #148, Hjalte Froholdt, iOL, Arkansas

I do not know much about Froholdt, but he’s friends with and went to Lion’s 1st round pick from 2018 Frank Ragnow’s draft party. Ragnow is returning the favor by going to his this year. The journalist in me is making this pick because it would be a cool story.

Round 6, Pick #204, Isaiah Buggs, iDL, Alabama

Buggs is a big interior guy at 6’4″ 292. He lacks a desired athleticism, but the ‘Bama pedigree and line versatility are more than worth the pick in the 6th round.

Round 7, Pick #224, Jimmy Moreland, CB, James Madison

Another one of my draft sleepers. Moreland has two things working against him that NFL teams will be wary of, lack of prototypical size (5’10”, 179) and lower level of competition at James Madison. With that being said, he is the ultimate competitor with some ball skills to boot. With the Lions depth issues at corner, he would have more than a good chance to make the 53.

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Round 7, Pick #229, B.J. Blunt, LB, McNeese State

Say Less.