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I'm a little concerned with some of the moves that M&M have been making this off season... It seems that they value speed above all else.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for getting the speedy guy. And lord knows the Lions have had a severe lack of speed of speed over the last few years. But to take Player A over Player B simply because Player A is faster can be REALLY risky, and this is what M&M seem to have been doing.

They've traded out decent players for other, unproven player who are faster.

I hope that they know what they are doing, and seeing as they are getting paid the big bucks while I'm not, I'm assuming that they do, I'm just a little concerned.

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You are leaving out that they had cap considerations. They got players who they thought were at least just as good as the previous, but were faster and/or less injury prone and allowed them to stay under the salary cap.

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Value speed among all else? Sounds like something new to the NFL. Actually, it's new to the Detroit Lions, who for years and years have been among the slowest teams in the NFL. No team in the NFL was slower last year, and the biggest reason was the Lions had drafted so many offensive linemen in the previous 5 years, which is where teams acquire speed, which is in the beginning of the draft. The Lions had too much money wrapped up in slow players, that money must be spent on speed--for every position. Just give me the fastest players at every position, I'll beat anybody. Welcome to the NFL, where speed kills. Btw, red, when is speed ever risky? A lack of speed is much more risky, I don't see your point there.

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Mike Mamula could out run and out jump anyone at his position..the Eagles became enamored with him and took him very high in the first round...which got him a nice fat contract..and he is now currently inactive in the NFL. Speed kills, but it isnt the only factor. Reuben Droughns can easily outrun Emmitt Smith too..

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Originally posted by Mikeshoe21

Mike Mamula could out run and out jump anyone at his position..the Eagles became enamored with him and took him very high in the first round...which got him a nice fat contract..and he is now currently inactive in the NFL. Speed kills, but it isnt the only factor. Reuben Droughns can easily outrun Emmitt Smith too..

Exactly my point. Given the choice between two players who have equal skills and player A is fater than player B, of course you'd pick player A.

But what if player A, while faster, isn't as skilled in catching? Or tends to fall the first time he gets hit rather than breaking the first tackle? Then the issue become muddier.

My point is that I'm a little concerned that M&M are SO enamoured with speed that they would always choose player A over player B, just because player A is faster. Sometimes a players others skills out weigh his lack of speed.

Take Boyd for instance...never the fastest guy on the field, but he was a very intelligent player. It was his injuries that finally did him in, not his lack of speed.

Please don't misunderstand, I'm not harping on M&M... they have more football experience that I could hope to have in my life, but I see a trend which concerns me, and wondered if others saw it as well.

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I believe that "M&M" know what they're doing. I don't think they are that narrow minded not to realize what player is better than another regardless of speed. The Lions will win the Super Bowl in Ford Field in 2006.

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which is where teams acquire speed, which is in the beginning of the draft.

Not against this statement, but taking it a little farther. In order to get team speed you dont even have to draft it at the top of the draft...you can draft 5-7th round picks based on speed alone, they can play special teams which is many times underrated.

M&M should be acquiring all speed guys because they realized that is likely the reason they could only win 2 games last year. (there are other reasons of course) They are loosing to overall less talented teams b/c of lack of speed and will never compete unless they are among the leagues fastest. No matter what the position a fast player is harder to block, tackle, cover....it wins alot of games.

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actually the Rams are enamoured with Precision Route Running. Isaac Bruce isn't a burner, and their tight ends are on the slow side. Az Hakim was really their true speed guy. Also, I could outrun Kurt Warner....

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...Isaac Bruce can fly, so can Torry Holt, Marshall Faulk, and Trung Candidate. They don't really use the TE much in their schemes, except in short yardage. If anything, Warner makes that team faster with his accurate, in-stride throws. They are precise--precisely fast!

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