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  1. The NFL rookie contracts now make it much easier to assume the risk of gambling on a quarterback with the payoff that you hit on a true elite talent. It’s no longer the old NFL where if you miss on an early round QB your team gets set back multiple years. Stafford has below average mobility and accuracy, he just started calling protections (hasn’t mastered any of the offenses he’s been in), and he doesn’t consistently elevate the level of play of those around him. Justifying his value by comparing him to others you would trade for is a dangerous way to look at things. That thinking only produces talent blockers (people who prevent others who could contribute at a higher level). Brady sitting behind Bledsoe is a great example of this. Brady may have never seen the field without Bledsoe getting hurt. Would most take Bledsoe in his prime over Stafford? Kurt Warner is another example of this. The sooner we move on from him, and begin looking for a true elite, the better.
  2. Bears fans were saying the same thing about Cutler, who, IMO view as a more mobile and accurate version of Stafford.
  3. I’ve heard a lot of people discrediting Caldwell because his past results, pointing to his record at Wake and his time at Indy as indicators that this is a bad hire. I thought I’d offer some different perspective to that debate. Manning has been in the league for 15 years, and has been to 2 Super Bowls. I’d concede Manning is pretty darn good, but if you don’t afford Caldwell (and the rest of that staff) some credit for getting to that game, then it’s fair to assume Manning should have made it to many more SB’s then he has, regardless of who was coaching. We should also recognize Caldwell for understanding what his personnel did best, doing things to support them, and avoiding doing things that would disrupt their ability to succeed (in the name of imposing his own systems and team philosophies). Additionally, subscribing to the theory that it was Manning, not Caldwell, who was responsible for the winning records in Indy, then Caldwell essentially was given one “post manning” year to implement his system and culture (with the NFL’s version of Bob Ross at QB). If Manning was that strong of a force in Indy (and I think he was) then I don’t think any coach, in the history of coaching, could have pulled them out of that kind of nose dive. Especially in the manner in which Manning was exited. His win/loss record at Wake was undoubtedly unimpressive, but 8 years is a long tenure for any coach, let alone one with a losing record. It suggests to me that he may have been focusing on developing young men into better people vs. just trying to win games. We condemn coaches like Meyer for developing criminals, maybe Caldwell was the Alpha to that Omega. For some college programs, different than the Pro’s, winning at all costs is not the core mission. Also, did he leave Wake on his own accord or was he fired? That’s not to say I’m giving him a hall pass, or even that I support the hire, but given some of his past successes, I think he warrants being given a shot.
  4. Millen sold that same bill of goods to Sr., I say you give it a try!
  5. I think the indicators you’re looking at are some of the correct ones, but they don’t paint the entire picture. While penalty yardage is just one piece of the hidden yardage aspect of a game, almost all of it is a byproduct of a team’s discipline level. Plus, an offside on 4&1 in the 4th quarter of a tie ball game doesn’t carry the same weight as an offside in the 4th quarter of a +two score blowout. Point being, lack of discipline shows up in so many different ways. A lot of the ways LOD shows up on-field are easy to see and track. This applies to some of the non-football issues you mentioned that have plagued the lions: Reckless driving, substance abuse, etc… Some of the other ways LOD impacts a team are not as visible though. Nutrition, off season preparation, dedication to extra drill work to improve in areas that you are deficient (heck, are they even identifying those!), are just some of the many that come to mind. It even shows up in less apparent ways on-field including: retention of meeting information, lining up with the correct spacing, maintaining scheme integrity, understanding and executing timing, understanding substitution packages, playing with a high motor... The list goes on. Delmas and Raiola (as well as the others I mentioned) are some of the chief architects of a culture that embraces renegade play. If you make a big play, everything you compromised in pursuit of making that play is forgiving. If not, damn, we were one play away… again. To me, that approach not only embodies SOL, but the play of Raiola, Delmas, Suh, Fairley, Stafford, Bush, Pettigrew, and so on… Losing teams chalk it up to being one play away, winning teams understand you avoid those outcomes by being meticulously disciplined in every thing you do. Those are the skills and mentalities players develop through team leaders fostering a culture of discipline. To that extent, I think this culture has even robbed CJ. He is an athletic freak, that is sure, but he is not a great route runner, doesn’t have elite catching mechanics, and lacks concentration at times. If he were to polish his game a little more (give him Jerry Rice like discipline), he would be the unquestioned best ever to play that position. Not just the best in the game today.
  6. My main issues with both Raiola and Delmas have to do with the leadership roles they hold on the team vs. undisciplined style of play and (in Raiola’s case) emotional/maturity type problems. Just as in Schwartz flipping off the crowd and being overly emotional, as leaders on the team (and of a team with a lot of young talent following their lead), younger players learn how to think and act from these guys. I think leadership style like Dom, Delmas, Schwartz, possibly Suh (now that he is captain), Lewand, the Ford’s (being so hands off), go a long way towards shaping things like: the Stafford (gunslinger) persona, undisciplined play, carelessness with ball security, less than optimal player development, and so on. We are short on character guys at all levels, and until we get those types of people in and run the others out, we will always be what we have been in the past. IMO that process starts with at least getting some of those cancers out of the picture. We've done that somewhat by getting Schwartz out, now I'd like to see it in a few of these other key spots.
  7. Here are the top 3 moves I think the Lions need to make in order begin down the path of developing a winning culture. Replace Raiola: Hats off to Dom, he corrected his two biggest shortcomings in the off season last year IMO (size and maturity level). That being said, as a multi-year captain of a team that has maintained an undisciplined persona for most of his time here, the potential culture change impact of him being gone is paramount. Replace Delmas: To me, Delmas is a much more fan friendly version of Raiola. Normally you pray for guys that play with the reckless abandon Delmas does, however, in his case I believe to be a negative trait. He chronically bites on underneath routes and play-action, takes poor angles, and goes for the knock out shot every time. Unfortunately, those KO shots often produce either friendly- fire casualties or personal foul penalties. Did I mention he is a poor tackler too? At the end of the day, the renegade persona he embraces (and promotes as a defensive leader) do not mesh with the culture we need to adopt in order to be a championship team. Add a threat at #2 WR: Burelson adds a certain stability to the locker room the lions desperately need. This contribution does not add significant enough value to keep him in the #2 role however. As much as I would like Calvin to adopt that role, he just isn’t that type of guy. I’d love Nate to move to the #3 spot, but I’m guessing he wouldn’t have much interest in doing that. Broyles isn’t going to ever be healthy enough to fill this role, and we don’t want somebody like Titus who thinks they really ought to be a #1 (and not in a public enemy kind of way). Think I’m crazy? Tell me why! What would be your first 3 roster moves if you were sitting in the Lions GM chair instead of Mayhew?
  8. The Ticket mentioned earlier Lovie Smith is insisting Jeff Tedford be his OC for any HC jobs he takes. I’m not certain we need a QB guru for HC, but the OC HAS to be. Tedford is know as a QB developer (although it seems just about everyone is these days!) I’d love Smith as HC. Tedford as OC, and Leslie Frazier as DC. Two ultra-high character guys who can install a culture, and one offensive whiz. Keep Washburn as an assistant, and I think we’ve got something.
  9. I still maintain roughly 60% of this roster needs to be gone. Maybe not all in a one year time line, but we have some key players that are never going to take us to the next level. This includes Stafford. Manning even practices little things like hand off technique with rigor, and our QB doesn’t think he needs additional coaching, yet routinely displays poor technique and disregards read progressions. If he doesn’t feel the bigger parts of his game warrant attention, naïve to think the little things are self-scrutinized. I wonder if this is why we are in the gun a large % of time but aren’t a true spread team. Takes away a large % of play action and misdirection plays. The only good news for this team is we have a young OL that is playing well and are on favorable rookie contracts.
  10. Just to make sure, we are talking about the guy who is 1-16 vs. teams with a .500 win record or better, correct? Not sure if anyone has run the numbers, would love to see it if they have, how does Stafford's stack up to joey ballgame? I know yardage would be higher, but what about the other numbers?
  11. ycm57

    2014 Draft

    This will be their best game this year. You know, to help their draft position.
  12. ycm57

    2014 Draft

    Nice! Just think of the racing team our DL would make up!
  13. ycm57

    2014 Draft

    Not sure I would go C that high (not saying it’s not a need, just not that high). All of the others are open. Hard to pick depending on what BPA is when we pick. Just for grins, what if Clowney is sitting there when we pick? Also, I would like to see us take a young QB. Preferably someone with mobility. To me, it is worth investing up to a 4th rounder. (Boyd or Miller maybe)
  14. Drop % is a hard # to be accurate on. I think the WR’s have trouble adjusting to where the ball is coming from at his release point (never the same), as well as the speed it is traveling (he change’s speeds a lot), and the placement of the ball (seems to throw behind on crossing routes). So for a WR traveling at full speed on a crossing route, while navigating traffic, he might throw a hard ball to catch. If you slow down to adjust to those, you have given the defender time to break up the pass (I wonder how much this happens too). I think that might be part of the reason Durham is here. He has more time catching balls from Stafford than maybe anyone else. Also, what % of the passes that were caught was because the WR made a phenomenal catch, or that a crew of average height WR’s wouldn’t have even gotten a hand on, or that a human WR wouldn’t have caught (because it was in triple coverage)!
  15. I wonder what % of time Suh is actually doubled. On runs it is a high %, but on passes I don't think that is as high as what people realize. All fair points on the evaluation piece. I often wonder if Stafford is the next Alex Smith and will just need a change of scenery in the next few years.
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