The Detroit Lions have had an exciting and befuddling year with two games remaining in the regular season. Their playoff hopes are still alive – even if they do need a lot of help and the right scenarios to play out. The Lions are on a downward spiral losing four of their last five games and the losses can be attributed to many different reasons. I could make excuses or rage in blind love, but the reality of it all is that the Lions can still make the playoffs and the season is NOT over.
These are the Detroit Lions we are talking about after-all. Just when you think you’ve seen it all they do the unimaginable. Like go 0-16 or have arguably the greatest running back of all time retire on the eve of training camp. Well, I don’t think many people are imagining the Lions winning their remaining two games and getting the help they need to make the playoffs and then take advantage of the opportunity and make a legitimate run at the Super Bowl and win it. This could be the year. This could be the time.
I love my Honolulu Blue Kool-aide.
Regardless of what the end of the season holds for the Detroit Lions I think one coach has the Lions playing championship football and he is my Detroit Lions Coach of the Year.
Coach Jeremiah Washburn is the current offensive line coach and has his group playing outstanding football and deserves a lot of the credit for any positives that Lions fans can take from the 20013 season. Coach Washburn came to Detroit as an assistant offensive line coach in 2009 where he held the position until being promoted to offensive line coach this season (2013). The Lions have been one of the top pass protecting lines in NFL for the past four seasons (through game 14 in 2013 – 2,443 pass attempts). To this point in the season the Lions are third in the NFL in passing with 559 attempts for 4,211 yards allowing only 16 QB sacks.
They are also one of the most improved run blocking lines in the NFL since Washburn took over as offensive line coach allowing for two running backs to have breakout years. Both Reggie Bush and Joique Bell are enjoying some of the biggest holes they have seen in their careers and are having phenomenal seasons individually.
Bush is only 146 yards shy of his career best 1,086 yards rushing in a season and 2 touchdowns shy of his career high of 6 TDs in a single season.
Bell has already bested his career production with two games remaining in essentially the same role he had last season with the Lions. Bell has 528 yards and 7 TDs so far, but both Bush and Bell are much more than rushers with their catching abilities and all the screens the Lions run.
Detroit Lions 2013 offensive lineman
|67||Sims, Rob||G||6-3||312||30||8||Ohio State|
|66||Waddle, LaAdrian||T||6-6||321||22||R||Texas Tech|
|70||Fox, Jason||T||6-7||303||25||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|78||Hilliard, Corey||T||6-6||300||28||5||Oklahoma State|
|65||Gandy, Dylan||G||6-3||295||31||9||Texas Tech|
|64||Harris, Leroy||C||6-3||303||29||7||North Carolina State|
|48||Muhlbach, Don||LS||6-4||265||32||10||Texas A&M|
WASHBURN’S FOOTBALL BACKGROUND
Detroit Lions 2009-present
• Offensive Line 2013-present
• Assistant Offensive Line 2009-2012
Baltimore Ravens 2003-08
• Area Scout 2005-08
• Player Personnel Assistant 2003-04
Carolina Panthers 2002
• Football Operations Assistant 2002
• Graduate Assistant 2000-01
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