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  1. Jason_R

    Grading The Lions 2015 Draft

    Though it is certainly possible that they decide to go with Johnson, Blount, Riddick, the new FB, and if they want an RB5 Zenner/Washington. I think they can save around $1m against the cap if they cut Abdullah, though I admit I don't always understand the cap implications.
  2. What bothers me about this story is the assumption that this decades-old allegation - improved and apparently recanted - should still have been a deciding factor in Patricia’s hiring, not only by the Lions, but also the Patriots and every other organization he has been with. Yes, the Lions look stupid for not having found out. But what if they had found out during a background check? The assumption of so many in the press is that an unsubstantiated allegation like this should destroy his reputation and career forever.
  3. Well, it is currently the top two stories on SI.com. They don’t seem interested in X’s and O’s. Edit: SI has dispatched at least six reporters to the story. One quote that caused me to roll my eyes: “In an e-mail to The MMQB, Snell wrote that he ‘ran across the indictment while conducting a routine check of public records that are widely and readily available—even after 22 years.’” Imagine that coincidence. There is a greater than zero chance that this story costs Patricia his job.
  4. Very interesting. But I would still think MA employers can do their own criminal background checks on candidates, even if they can’t ask candidates directly. That is what makes the Lions look so bad here. You are paying a coach millions of dollars a year, and you are paying a research firm thousands of dollars to investigate him for precisely this kind of thing, and you don’t even search a legal database. Rod Wood’s star was starting to rise, but this mistake blots it all out. Who here thinks Martin Mayhew heard the gossip and gave the tip to the News?
  5. How can we even be sure there was a “this”? The original charge, that “two men burst into the upscale hotel room where she was sleeping and took turns violently sexually assaulting her,” at best seems surprising, if not implausible, and calls out for clarification. After the Rolling Stone/UVA debacle and the Duke lacrosse scandal, it seems a bit of caution is in order when reviewing such dramatic claims. A grand jury indicted them, but as mentioned previously, that may say more about the zeal of the prosecutor than the strength of the case. The accuser refused to cooperate with prosecutors in the trial. Maybe she was legitimately traumatized, maybe she had other reasons, but clearly she had a sympathetic prosecutor. In any event, the accuser has every right now to come forward. The #metoo movement has diminished the stigma of speaking out, though it certainly hasn’t made it painless. If there is any truth to the charge, I would hope the accuser steps forward.
  6. Haven Monahan may have been with them and kicked down the door.
  7. Regardless of the merits of the case - or lack thereof - it is a bad look for Rod Wood to be surprised by this. My background investigator better damn well make certain that I don’t get blindsided. My main question is how is this surfacing now? Did the journalist innocently find this when doing research on the new coach? Or did someone drop this piece of information in the reporter’s lap? In any event, this is not the last we will hear of this case.
  8. Jason_R

    2018 NFL Draft Thread

    Thanks. I hadn’t seen it written or tweeted. Personally, I think it is too early to pass judgment on Tabor. He ran a slow 40 due to a hamstring injury that slowed his development, and he came into a team that had a solid secondary. By the end of the season, he was playing over 50% of defensive snaps, along with special teams. He finished the season with slightly fewer snaps than the CBs taken just near him. Also, remember how Slay got schooled his first year; it is rare that a rookie gets substantial playing time his first season. If Tabor is struggling to see the field by the end of the Bye Week, then I’ll start to worry.
  9. Jason_R

    2018 NFL Draft Thread

    What is the source?
  10. Jason_R

    2016 NFL Draft Thread

    Birkett says you can. https://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2018/04/30/detroit-lions-2016-nfl-draft-revisited/565105002/
  11. Jason_R

    2018 NFL Draft Thread

    It does feel like Quinn rolled the dice a bit this draft. He is officially on the clock, with his contract now tied to Patricia's, and evidently set to expire in 2022. That's five seasons, but realistically he can count on having three seasons to demonstrate progress (a division title? multiple playoff wins?) before his seat starts to get hot. Given this, he doesn't have the luxury to be passive, like he was last year with the running game. So while I don't like that he traded away draft capital, I understand it. And we have good reason to believe he is a superior drafter to Martin Mayhew, so let's at least give him until part-way through the season to judge his decisions.
  12. Jason_R

    2018 draft: Statement to JBC?

    They made their statement to Ron Prince. “You’re fired.” I will be stunned if the Lions, with a new OL coach, another 1st round pick on the OL, and two new bruising backs, struggle to run the ball this year.
  13. Jason_R

    2018 NFL Draft Thread

    That’s right... I thought Lang was on a five-year deal, but he is done after 2019.
  14. Jason_R

    2018 NFL Draft Thread

    Greg Cosell broke down the Lions draft. One thing that stood out to me was his evaluation of Crosby. He said, “I believe he has the physical and competitive traits to be an All-Pro OG in the NFL.” I’m curious to know what people think about the likelihood that Crosby will take over Glasgow’s slot.
  15. Jason_R

    Grading The Lions 2015 Draft

    Man, that’s some bad drafting.