The Detroit Lions have clearly stated that they are in a win-now mode. Music to all Lions fans’ ears, but how do they know next season will not be like last season? With free agency less than a day away and the draft knocking on their doors, the Lions need to start making some moves in order to become serious contenders. Here are the four keys to this offseason that I think the Lions should exercise:
In the first show following spring break, MSU basketball is front and center. Both the men and women look to pick up their play before heading into the NCAA tournaments.
Fino, Faith and Lou discuss the recent struggles of the men’s team and give their predictions for the upcoming Big Ten Tournament in the show’s first portion.
A piece of the Detroit Lions’ franchise for over 50 years is gone.
Owner and team chairman William Clay Ford Sr. passed away Sunday morning in his sleep. He was 88.
The Detroit Lions’ offseason agenda is so hazy, not even a fortune teller could predict it.
Mark your calendars because March will be a big month. March 8 is when the free agency flirting begins followed by the March 11 date of when signatures and dollar signs can be inked into contracts. The Detroit Lions can start camp two weeks earlier than the normal April 21 offseason workouts because of the recent signing of new head coach, Jim Caldwell. These dates are creeping up, and the decisions are about to be made.
Since the departure of Louis Delmas at the safety position and Nate Burleson at wide receiver, you cannot help but wonder how the Lions will fill those holes during the offseason.
1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
The Seattle Seahawks proved that defense wins championships, and for a team that expected to go to the Super Bowl but fell way short due in part to injuries, you cannot pass on Clowney. With Clowney and J.J. Watt as bookends on the defensive line, offensive lines will have a hard time stopping this possible tandem. Clowney’s work ethic has been a big question mark, but Brian Cushing and Watt should be able to set him straight. Although the quarterback situation is not pretty, somebody like A.J. McCarron (Alabama) would be a nice selection in a later round.
The latest news coming out of the Detroit Lions camp indicates that the sports agency branch of Roc Nation has agreed to represent Pro-Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. This announcement should be troubling to Detroit fans hoping that the franchise will be able to resign Suh after his contract runs out next season.
Like every team during the offseason, the Detroit Lions should be scrambling to find free agents to sign. Last year’s offseason saw productive signings like running back Reggie Bush, which worked wonders for the team despite a poor finish overall.
So far, the Lions have already brought on a new head coach and a new offensive coordinator. They have also began work on fixing the holes in the team’s secondary by signing defensive back Isa Abdul-Quddus. When coupled with smart signings, new head coach Jim Caldwell’s prediction for a ring could come true.
This week on the Pact, Fino, Austin and Harry breakdown the Jim Caldwell hiring. Is he the right fit for the Lions? What is his biggest task as he joins the squad?
The days following the Detroit Lions’ Week 17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings were tough times for both the team and the NFL. Most fans could probably guess see the dismissal of head coach Jim Schwartz coming after playoff hopes disappeared once they lost to Eli Manning’s New York Giants.
Though Schwartz “salvaged” a team that already included Calvin Johnson from Rob Marinelli’s pitiful 0-16 season, Schwartz had always had troubles closing out the a season. Read More…
The Detroit Lions’ head coaching search has finally come to an end.
After touching down on a San Diego tarmac just to find out that Ken Whisenhunt would choose the Titans over the Lions, Detroit acted swiftly in hiring its second choice, Jim Caldwell.
Well, it is finally over Lions fans.
After a 1-6 collapse in the final seven games and a missed opportunity of a playoff berth, the Detroit Lions have fired head coach Jim Schwartz.
The firing was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN, after Schwartz met with the team owners at team headquarters in Allen Park, MI. Read More…
At the moment, there is a lot of fan and media speculation as to who the next potential coach of the Lions might be. Here are a few potential candidates and why they would or would not be a good head coach for Detroit. Read More…
The 2008 season that saw the Lions go 0-16 obviously led to a lot of fan upheaval. But it also led to a lot of front office changes.
Long time general manager Matt Millen, head coach Rod Marinelli, and the rest of his coaching staff were all let go. It was without a doubt the right time for change, and Lions owner William Clay Ford was ready to make that happen. He hired Millen’s assistant GM Martin Mayhew as the new GM, and from there, they hired highly coveted Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz as their new head coach. Read More…
One kick. The entire season was dependent on the likes of one kick.
If a 45-yard field goal from New York Giants kicker Josh Brown was good, the Detroit Lions’ hopes of winning the NFC North and making the 2013 playoffs would comes to a complete end. Read More…
As I watched the Lions get set to take the field against the Packers on Thursday at Ford Field, it dawned on me how important a victory would be for the team. Obviously, being tied with the Bears atop the NFC North with a chance at a second playoff berth in three years, a divisional rival game is important. Obviously, it would be nice to win a game at home on Thanksgiving and avoid losing 10 straight on the holiday. Having the privilege of going to over a dozen Thanksgiving Day Lions games in my lifetime, I could sense something was different about this game. Read More…
Eight new members were inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame this week. Jason Hanson, former kicker for the Detroit Lions, and former Captain of the Detroit Red Wings, Nicklas Lidstrom, were in the 58th class roster. Read More…
The Detroit Lions lost a heartbreaker to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, 24-21. Fans watched in bewilderment, as the Lions gave up five turnovers, including a late interception off the hands of Calvin Johnson to seal their fate.
DETROIT, Mich. — After a tough loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh last Sunday, the Lions dropped the ball again this week and fell to 6-5 on the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Nate Burleson provided an offensive lift for the Lions in his first game back from his arm injury, but it just was not enough. Read More…
MSU women’s field hockey took home the Big Ten Championship Sunday and claimed a position in the NCAA Tournament.
Junior forward Allie Ahern visits the show and discusses her team’s success to this point and previews the NCAA tournament, which the Spartans begin Wednesday, in East Lansing.
Lupe Izzo, wife of MSU Head Basketball Coach Tom Izzo, gives her opinion of this year’s Spartan Squad, provides her insight on the Spartan head coach, and shares some personal stories from her years in the MSU family.