I haven’t written an opinion piece or done anything fun since the preseason, so I’m long overdue. Since we’re now four weeks away from the postseason, it’s time to take a look at the fans’ reaction to many of the Lions moves…or non moves…from this offseason and how they’ve worked out for their respective teams. Since January, I’ve kept a list of all of the players that, for one reason or another, Detroit Lions fans were calling for the team to sign or draft in the 2013 offseason. For this season it’s the guys we didn’t draft and the Free Agents we didn’t sign (taking into account those that we did). For the most part this season, it’s the reactionary folks claiming “We should have picked up X Player and NOW look where we’re at!” Some of that was absolutely warranted, since the Lions have made some missteps and ended last season a pathetic 4-12. It’s been a long time since the 2012 season, however, and a lot has changed. The Lions offseason moves in 2013 has been amazing not only for the players the Lions took but how many of the moves the Lions did NOT make have worked out in the Lions’ favor. For this study, I excluded players that were financially impossible (So no Mike Wallace, for instance) since there was never a chance of signing in the first place. So let’s dive right in folks and answer the eternal question: How’s that working out for you? Continue reading
So I finished more than I had expected to his season in the Roster Rodeo, but not as much as I’d hoped. My awesome readers were able to put together one heck of an offense, but I couldn’t manage time well enough to get defense out in time. Well, we have what we have, and you chose it, so here we go with the Roster Rodeo Offense edition! Continue reading
With the outside of our line built, you’re going to need to finish the interior. To do that, oh Lions General Managers, you’ll need to get a solid set of Guards and a Center to be your grinders. Your power up the middle, anchoring against the monster Dlinemen they will face. Or perhaps you prefer a little more finesse, quickness to kick out on screens and sweeps where you value footwork and speed over raw power? It’s your Roster Rodeo Interior Olinemen, so you figure it out! Continue reading
With all of the skill positions out of the way, and the rules firmly (not really) set in place, it’s time to get down to the grind. The Offensive Tackle position is one that receives little fanfare if the player is doing his job right, and tons of complaints if it’s done wrong. You’ve chosen who’s slinging the ball, who they’re handing it off to, and who they’re throwing it to, it’s now time to pick the guys who are going to set the edge and prevent your starters from getting killed by edge rushers. Let’s get to the grind and make your selection of Roster Rodeo Offensive Tackles. Continue reading
Taking a break from the complicated choices and moving onto a simple one (Or is it?), today we’re tackling Tight Ends. The Lions presently have six on their roster, and carried three last season, but it’s your show so you pick who you want. The rules are here. Do it to it! Make your choices for the Roster Rodeo Tight Ends! Continue reading
With several options and a wide range of skillsets, the Running Backs group is going to be one of the hardest to narrow down. To avoid any sort of bias, I’ll be doing the larger position groups like this in alphabetical order. I’ll be linking to stats and measurements as well, so you don’t need to take my word for anything at all. You’re already familiar with the rules, so I’ll dive right into the Roster Rodeo Running Backs edition! Continue reading
It’s that time again folks, the preseason is in full swing and the roster is already beginning to take shape. With first cuts coming August 27th, the Lions have done plenty of shuffling already after the Jets and Browns games, and there is likely more to come. Since we at The Silverdome Blues have been doing our very best to provide you with content year round, all the time, and since our readership has grown, these will mostly be quick hitting, short explanations of players rather than the drawn out, detailed ones I did last season.
The Roster Rodeo puts you, the fans, in the seat of the General Manager of the Detroit Lions. You will make all the roster decisions from here on in, and all decisions will be made by a simple majority. Like real life, the General Manager makes the roster decisions, but the coach ultimately decides how to use them, so you won’t be doing the complicated work of building the depth chart, only building the roster.
Maybe I went a little overboard with the rules last season. Nobody wants to count, especially over the course of several weeks. As such, this year is pretty simple.
1. How many players of the featured position do the Lions keep on the roster (within a given range)?
2. Which players, in no order, do the Lions keep?
Bam, it’s that easy.
You can place your votes either on this page in the comments, on the individual pages’ comments, on my page on Facebook, or anywhere else with the hashtag #lionsrosterrodeo.
Since there will be again a separate post for each of the position battles, I will link them all here and you can navigate to the battles from here. So if you miss one, no need to dig through your feed, and if you needed more time to think, also no biggy. It’ll all be here, so feel free to bookmark this post, which will be pinned at the top of Kents Korner on FB and RT’d often from Twitter. Below is a vague schedule (with Links to the Articles) that I will likely not adhere to (I’m doing more than one at a time).
Running Backs/Fullbacks (8/19)
Wide Receivers (8/20)
Tight Ends (8/21)
Offensive Tackles (8/22)
Interior Olinemen (8/22)
Defensive Ends (8/23)
Defensive Tackles (8/23)
Losing is never fun. As Lions fans, we’ve had our share of not fun over the years, but no time was more dark than the 7 year stretch that Matt Millen was the General Manager of the Lions. Thought to be the worst tenure of any General Manager ever, Millen brought nothing to the table and yet somehow left with even less. Millen created a team that had the worst season in NFL history, and a roster that took years to repair. That the Lions only just now fixed the last of Millen’s bad contracts (Stafford was a result of the 2008 season) in 2013 speaks volumes of just how much damage that many years of mismanagement can do. Now, you didn’t come here to revisit the time under Millen, so I’ll stop reminiscing about how terrible it was. Instead, I’m going to address a common theme amongst distraught Lions fans over the past four years, one that has come to the forefront after the Lions disastrous 4-12 season. Is Martin Mayhew just as bad as Millen? If you’re not one of those that think so, you’ve heard them. “Little Millen” he’s called. MM2. Millen Jr. Continue reading