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Wild opener August 10, 2007

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Crisp, it wasn’t. Sharp … maybe every other play. And even as far as preseason openers go, it was wacky all the way to the end.

The Lions spot Cincinnati three touchdowns – on an interception inside their own redzone, a fumble at the goal line and a 70-yard plus INT return by a defensive lineman – but still win, coming back from 16 points down with under eight minutes left to steal this exhibition opener, 27-26, at Ford Field.

DFR caught the tape-delayed telecast and will post some quick hitters in a minute. “Porous secondary” didn’t do the Bengals justice. But the Lions weren’t that encouraging either, struggling in pass protection, tackling and taking care of the football.


More fighting words August 9, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in Lions, News, noise.
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Kevin Jones doesn’t want to hear about competition for the Lions’ starting running back spot. More specifically, his starting running back spot.

Despite concerns over the strength of his left foot, Jones said Tuesday that he expects to be the starter when Detroit opens the season Sept. 9 in Oakland, then denounced Tatum Bell’s claims from last week stating otherwise. 

August 8, The Detroit News: “I have to deal with competing for a job against him as a competitor,” Jones said. “But when he says, ‘It is mine,’ that is when I have a problem. If I was 100 percent, it would not be a question. My goal is to come back and it (starting) won’t be an issue. I am the better back and I will be the starter.”

“If I weren’t injured, he wouldn’t even be here,” Jones added.

Preseason opener: Lions/Bengals Primer August 9, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in Lions, NFL, Previews.
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Exhibition football serves its purpose – 10-play walk-throughs for starters, tuneups for the third and fourth stringers buried on the depth chart and exposure for players – Mr. Irrelevant, possibly? – fighting for those final roster spots.
And with the Lions steeped in their injury-prone tradition, its likely that the starters will see less than average exhibition time through the first three games this year.
All of which might make Thursday’s tape-delayed exhibition opener (9:30 p.m., Channel 50) virtually unwatchable for most. In many ways, that depicts a typical Lions regular season game. 
However, DFR will be watching and brings you a 5-point primer for both the Lions and Bengals on the eve of Detroit’s preseason opener at Ford Field.
About 4,000 tickets still remain (and at $40-70 a pop, that’s a positive), ensuring the live version game will be blacked out in the Detroit market.
Click through for the first installment of DFR’s preseason viewing guide. Why watch? Read on to find out …


Bly wants out February 15, 2007

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Dre Bly can’t play man-to-man in Rod Marinelli’s Cover-2 defense and wants a trade.

Feb. 14, Detroit Free Press: “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Matt and Rod allowing me the opportunity to find a home for Dre’ Bly that is more conducive to his Pro Bowl skill set,” Bly’s agent, Kennard McGuire, said Tuesday.

Funny, his Pro Bowl apperances (2004, 2005) were based on his big-play ability. For as many picks or fumbles, Bly was torched equally as much. He’s a No. 2 corner on any contender. He’s not happy playing zone, even though he notched a career-high interception total (six) while missing time because of his wrist.