Saturday, January 25, 2014

2014 Detroit Lions front office and coaching staff

Owner- William Clay Ford 50th year as the Owner 1 playoff win
Vice Chairman- Bill Ford
General Manager- Martin Mayhew 14th year in Detroit 7th year as GM
President- Tom Lewand 20th year with Detroit 6th year as President

Mayhew, Caldwell, Lewand

Head Coach Jim Caldwell (14th year in the NFL, 26-22 as head coach Colts 09-11)
Offensive Coordinator- Joe Lombardi 8th year in the NFL)
Running Backs- Curtis Modkins (7th year in NFL, 2nd with Lions)
Offensive Line- Jeremiah Washburn (6th year with Lions)
Offensive Line- Bobby Jackson (5th in the NFL 2nd with Lions)
Offensive Line- Terry Hefferan (2nd year with Detroit)
Tight Ends- Ron Prince (4th year in the NFL)
Wide Receivers- Robert Prince (Falcons04-06, Jags 07-08, Seahawks 2009)

Defensive Coordinator- Teryl Austin (11th year in the NFL)
Defensive Line- Kris Kocurek (6th year with Lions)
Defensive Line Jim Washburn (13th year in the NFL, 2nd with the Lions)
Linebackers- Bill Sheridan (10th year in the NFL)
Defensive Backs- Alan Williams (13th year in the NFL)

Special Teams John Bonamego (17th year in the NFL, 2nd in Detroit)
Special Teams- Evan Rothstein (2nd year with Detroit)

Strength and Conditioning- Jason Aparoff (27th year in the NFL, 14 with Detroit)
Strength and Conditioning- Ted Rath (6th year with Detroit)

Ted Rath with Mr. C

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Detroit Lions free agents 2014

 Free Agents:

K David Akers
19/23 FG 42/43 XP

Rashaen Mathis
47 tackles 15 PBU

Willie Young
68 tackles 11 sacks
48 games 15 starts

Andre Fluellen
56 tackles 2.5 sacks
67 games 6 starts

Shaun Hill
16 games 10 starts

Kris Durham
46 rec 615 yards 3td
20 games 16 starts

Dylan Gandy
78 games 5 starts

Brandon Pettigrew
284 rec 2828 yards 16 td
71 games 68 starts

Israel Idonjie
11 tackles
15 games

Don Muhlbach
148 games

Kevin Ogletree
13 rec 199 yards 1 td
12 games 1 start

Rocky McIntosh
15 tackles
16 games

John Wendling
97 tackles
64 games 4 starts

Michael Spurlock


10 games

Joquie Bell
248 att 1064 yards 11 td rush
105 rec 1032 yards 0 td
32 games 4 starts
restricted free agent

Dorin Dickerson
2 rec 34 yards
5 games
restricted free agent

Jason Fox
13 games 3 starts

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Detroit Lions report Cards DB

Rashean Mathis 41/87 574 yards 3td 16 PBU 10 stops 3 penalities 26 1st downs
Ranking: #27 PFF
Free Agent

Big pick up for Mayhew as the other corners really struggled. Mathis has little speed or ball skills left but is in good position. Could be back next year.

Chris Houston 46/76 683 yards 29 1st downs 3 td 2 int 7PBU 8 MT
Ranking: #96
4 years left on his contract

Horrible year for CH23. Gave up big plays. Injured only played 12 games. Hope he can make a comeback.

Bill Bentley 31/49 258 yards 2td 6 penalties 11 missed tackles 11s tops 6 PBU
2 years left on contract

Improved season for Bill. Coverage is better but run support was poor. Still do not know if he is an NFL player.

Darius Slay 29/47 441 yards 5td 3 penalities 7 PBU
3 years left on contract

Horrible beginning of the season for Darius. Got better. Got Hurt. Jury still out on him. Seems to have the tools, just needs to play the ball.

Don Carey 18/25 205 yards 2 td 5 penalties 12 special teams tackles
3 years left on contract

Terrible cover guy. good in run support. Not a CB. Good special teams guy. Hard to see him back in 2014.

Jonte Green 11/20 148 1 td 2 penalities 7 1st downs 4 missed tackles 3 PBU
2 years on contract

Still unproven. Injuries pressed him into service but started slow. Did finish strong against the Giatns but hurt his shoulder during practice and sat out the Vikings game. On the roster bubble again 2014

Chris Greenwood 5/8 47 yards 1 td
Exclusive Rights Free Agent

Pressed into service and did pretty well. Showed skills to cover and tackle. Did give up 2 catches to Patterson which lost the game. Has a future.

Louis Delmas 15/34 333 yards 3 int 13 MT 7 PBU 2 sacks 3 td
1 year left on contract

Mostly down season for Delmas, Makes a lot of mistakes especially in coverage. Has limited range and instinct. Still can run the Alley in run support but is lost in the open field.

Glover Quin 18/38 246 yards 10 PBU 9 MT 3 int 1 td
Ranking: #11
4 years left on contract

Solid player but needs a free Safety next to him. He is limited in coverage and in range.

DeJon Gomes 33 snaps 2/2 19 yards 1 1st down 1 penalty 1 stop 7 special teams tackles
1 year left on contract

Really just a guy. When he was pressed into play, he was bad. See the Steelers game. Needs to be replaced.

John Wendling 15 special teams tackles (led the team)
Free agent

Great special teams guy. Bad Defensive back.

Akwasi Owusu-Ansah 1 game
2 years left on contract

Called up late from practice squad. Worth a look this spring.


Detroit Lions Report Card Linebackers

Stephen Tulloch 45/52 393 yards 20 1st downs 1td 3PBu 67 stops 18 TFL 12 MT  4 sacks
ranking: #3 PFF
3 years on contract

Great season by Tully. Was a force against the run and solid vs. the pass. Even added some pass rush to his game. Deserved a pro bowl spot.

DeAndre Levy 40/69 387 20 1st downs 1td 6int 9 PBU 48 stops 20TFL 12 Missed tackles
Ranking: #6 PFF
2 years left on contract

The most improved played in the NFL. Played really well against the run, great vs. the pass. Looked like a legit NFL LB. He was ranked as the worst Player on defense in the NFL 2011-2012.

Ashlee Palmer 15/21 174 yards 8 1st downs 13 stops 9tfl 7 MT 3 special teams tackles
Rankings: #23 PFF
1 year left under contract

Solid vs. the run. Terrible vs. the pass. Allowed many a big play this season. Best as the # 4 LB and playing special teams.

Rocky McIntosh 3 stops 1 TFL 8 special teams tackles 4 penalities
Free Agent

 Good in season acquiston by Mayhew. Rose to the # 4 LB and played well on special teams. Could be back in 2014.

Tahir Whitehead 8 special teams tackles 2 penalities
2 years on contract

Did not play a snap on defense in 2013. Hard ro tell if he has a future as a strter in the NFL. Solid special teams guy.

Travis Lewis 5 special teams tackles 1 penality
2 years on contract

Suspended for 4 games for Adderall. Slow to the ball. Probably not an NFL LB.

Julian Stanford 2 special teams tackles
Restricted Free Agent

Cory Greenwood Injured Reserve
2 years left on contract

Detroit Lions report card Defensive Line

Unit Rankings:

Vs. the run: #2
vs. the Pass: #31

Run vs:
RE #2
RT #8
M #2
LT #5
LE #20

Suh 4 sacks 39QBH 20TFL 33 Stops 8 Penalties 4 PBU
Rankings: #2 PFF
1 year left on contract

Great year by Suh. Played much more in the system. The run defense and the linebackers benefitted. You would like to see more strip sacks but a dominant player.

Nick Fairley 6 sacks 20 QBH 11 TFL 22 stops 3 FF 4 drawn holds 8 penalities
Rankings: #30 PFF
1 year left on contract

Up and down season. Finished strong. Needs to be an every down guy.

CJ Mosley 1 sack 7 QBH 6TFL 8stops 3 penalites
Rankings: #23 PFF
1 year left on contract

Played pretty well but not a great pass rusher. Seemed to lose playing time later in the season. Still a solid # 3.

Andre Fluellen 1 QBh 1 TFL 1 stop 2 penalties
Free Agent

Ineffective. Struggled. Should not be back in 2014. The Lions need a young to develop.


Ziggy Ansah 9 sacks 19 QBH 5 TFL 22 Stops 2 FF 4 Penalities
Ranking: #30 PFF
3 year left on contract

Good first season. Great against the run. Worked well within the system. Levy benefitted from his discipline. Will make hustle plays all over the field. Needs to deliever more of a speed rush.

Willie Young 3 sacks 31 QBH 11TFL 31 stops 5 PBU 6 penalities 3 Drawn Holds
Rank: PFF #16
Free Agent

 Good season for Willie. Played within the system. Improved against the run. Needs to finish more sacks but did have good pressure stats. A free agent who will opportunity on the market.

Israel Idonije 0 sacks 7QBH 3TFl 9 Stops
Ranking: #33
Free Agent

Minimal Impact. He struggled to pass rush and allowed some big plays against the run. I would be surprised if he was back.

Devin Taylor 3 sacks 11 QBH 3 TFl 10 Stops 4 drawn Holds 2 FF
Ranking: #25 PFF
3 years left on contract

Good rookie season. Improved during the year. Still gives up plays vs. the run. Has a future as a # 3 DE.

Jason Jones 1PBU
2 years left on contract

Torn a Quad tendon in his leg causing him to land on IR. Struggled badly when he played. Two years left on his contract.

Xavier Proctor
1 year contract

Spent year on the practice squad and signed for 2014. Has good size probably will have to move inside.

Jimmy Sadler-McQueen
1 year Contract

Played well in the preseason. Spent the season on the practice squad. Will have a shot at the #4 job in 2014.

Detroit Lions Report Card Offensive Line

Unit Rankings:

Football Outsiders: Run Block #13, Pass Protection # 2

Runs to:

LE #24
LT #14
M #14
RT #3
RE #30


Dom Raoila 1156 snaps 31 Good Blocks 25 Missed Blocks 0 sacks 6 QBH 1 penality
Ranking: PFF # 2
Free Agent

A great year by Dom. He held up real well in the run and his pass pro was great. Finished the year as the # 2 Center by Pro Football Focus. Last year, he had 22 GB 31 MB 3 sacks. Still has some play left in the tank.


Rob Sims 1158 snaps 42 Gb 23 MB 1 sack 14 QBH 5 penality
Ranking: PFF #39
1 year left on contract

Not a good year by Sims. Struggled at the point of attack. Pass Pro was suspect. He does still block very well on traps, schemes, and pulls. 5 penalities hurt the Lions late.

Larry Warford 1158 snaps 43 GB 27 MB 2 sacks 13 QBH 2 Penalty
Ranking #4
3 year left on contract

A great find in the 3rd round by Mayhew. A force at the point of attack and improving at the move stuff. Solid on pass pro. A huge upgrade over Peterman, who gave up 10 sacks and 18 QBH in 2012.

Dylan Gandy 15 Snaps
Free Agent

Veteran who saw limited action as the 6th lineman. Might be out the door with emergence of Rodney Austin.

Rodney Austin
2 years left on Contract

Rodney with the Dan Gerberry chain
After a year and half on the practice squad, the Titans wanted to sign Rodney but the Lions matched the offer. He saw action in game # 16. Strong player who might the replacement for Sims.

LeRoy Harris
1 year left on contract

Veteran who can play both guard and center. Came off an ACL in 2012. Will be back in camp in 2014.

Riley Reiff 1127 snaps 24 GB 26 MB 8 sacks 28 QBH 5 penalities
Ranking: #35 PFF
2 years on his contract

Reiff is a solid player. He has limited upside. Struggles against speed but can run block. An upgrade of the aging Backus. Backus had 7 GB 3 Sacks 25 QBH 6 Penalties in 2012.

LaAdrian Waddle 553 snaps 13 GB 15 MB 1 sacks 16 QBH 2 penalty
Ranking: #31 PFF
2 year left on his contract

Another great find by Mayhew. He was a force on the run and a decnet pass protector. Struggled a little down the stretch as injuries took their toll. A starter going forward..

Jason Fox 116 snaps 4 Gb 9 MB 1 sack 2 QBH
Free Agent

Struggled in his limited playing time, The Eagles and Giants really owned him. I do not see him as an NFL starter.

Corey Hilliard 459 snaps 13 GB 10 MB 2 sacks 9 QBH
Ranking: #48
1 year left on contract

Solid back up tackle. Not the force in the run that Waddle is. Valuable back up.