Lions 2009 Schedule Released

Here is the 2009 Detroit Lions schedule.  It is no surprise that the Lions have no feature games except the annual Thanksgiving games.  I will give my thoughts on the strentgh of schedule once I give it a good look.

1 Sun, Sept. 13at New Orleans SaintsFOX1 p.m.
2 Sun, Sept. 20vs. Minnesota VikingsFOX1 p.m.
3 Sun, Sept. 27vs. Washington RedskinsFOX1 p.m.
4 Sun, Oct. 4at Chicago BearsFOX1 p.m.
5 Sun, Oct. 11vs. Pittsburgh SteelersCBS1 p.m.
6 Sun, Oct. 18at Green Bay PackersFOX1 p.m.
7 Bye
8 Sun, Nov. 1vs. St. Louis Rams FOX1 p.m.
9 Sun, Nov. 8at Seattle Seahawks FOX4:05 p.m.
10 Sun, Nov. 15at Minnesota Vikings FOX1 p.m.
11 Sun, Nov. 22vs. Cleveland Browns CBS1 p.m.
12 Thu, Nov. 26vs. Green Bay Packers FOX12:30 p.m.
13 Sun, Dec. 6at Cincinnati Bengals FOX1 p.m.
14 Sun, Dec. 13at Baltimore Ravens FOX1 p.m.
15 Sun, Dec. 20vs. Arizona Cardinals FOX1 p.m.
16 Sun, Dec. 27at San Francisco 49ers FOX4:05 p.m.
17 Sun, Jan. 3vs. Chicago Bears FOX1 p.m.


New Lions Coming In a Week

The Lions are making some changes and they will be revealed to the public in about a week. 

Lions to Unveil New Logo and Uniforms
Dunham’s Sports to serve as exclusive retail outlet for new Lions merchandise
April 13, 2009
ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions will hold a press conference Monday, April 20 at Dunham’s Sports in Madison Heights to unveil the team’s comprehensive new brand that includes a new logo, new uniforms and other branding elements. Lions President Tom Lewand will lead in the announcement of the Lions’ new brand. The time for Monday’s press conference is to be determined.

Dunham’s Sports will serve as the Lions’ exclusive third-party retail outlet from the unveiling event through Thursday, April 23. Immediately following Monday’s press conference, new Lions’ merchandise, including jerseys, shirts and hats will be available exclusively at the Madison Heights store through Monday evening. Overnight, new Lions’ product will be shipped to participating Dunham’s Sports outlets throughout the state of Michigan.

This event will be open to both the media and the public.

New Lions’ merchandise also will be on sale at the team’s new “Lions Pro Shop” at Ford Field that will open on Saturday, April 25 during the Lions Draft Day Party. New Lions merchandise also will be available online at Detroitlions.com following the press conference.

The Dunham’s Sports Madison Heights store is located at Madison Place Shopping Center, 32101 John R, Madison Heights, MI 48071.

The interesting thing here will be to see if the logo leaked on NFL.com was indeed the real new logo.  If so it isn’t a huge change.  The only noticable difference is a few white streaks added to the current Lion.  We’ll see April 23.


Matt Stafford Says He is #1

The folks over at ProFootballTalk.com are saying that Matt Stafford is claiming he has the first overall pick in the bag.  The story is that Matt Stafford is telling former Georgia teammates that he is the pick and it is locked up.

As we hear it, Stafford is telling his former Bulldog teammates that he’ll be the pick, and that he’ll receive more than $40 million, guaranteed, under the contract that the team will pay him.

Stafford is characterizing the move as a “done deal.”

If this is true then the Lions forgot to tell Stafford about their gag order.  Stafford will look foolish if this doesn’t happen.  He needs to remember that the draft time is pretty cut-throat and many teams tell player that they are “their guy”.  I am in favor of Matt Stafford being a Lion but he shouldn’t count his chickens…


Could the Lions Pass on #1?

There has been a lot of chatter around the media and fans that the Lions could possibly pass on #1 in the upcoming 2009 entry draft.  I personally think that is ridiculous.  The issues that would be created are enough to create a permanent rift with the player drafted.

Reasons to Not Pass:

1. The Lions would be paying the pick the exact money if they wait to draft him between picks 1-5.  The agent of that player (likely Matt Stafford) would be angry and demand the same compensation.

2. Hold out! The player would mostly likely hold out until the comp that he deserves as the #1 was given.

3. Could you think of a worse start for a player who is supposed to be part of the foundation of a team.  It is just like saying “We wanted you but not enough to take you and pay you first overall money.”  That is not the way to get a QB entrenched into a team.

Let’s be clear on the Lions stance.  They have not stated one.  The rumors started when writer Tom Kowalski said it is possible.  Let’s remember that Kowalski also said publicly that “There is a 0% chance the Lions take Matt Stafford at #1.”

NFL Total Access also discussed last night.


Lions Pre-Season Opponents

The NFL has released the Lions pre-season opponents for the 2009 season.

Week 1: Atlanta at Detroit
Week 2: Detroit At Cleveland
Week 3: Indianapolis at Detroit
Week 4: Detroit at Buffalo

Why do the Lions play Indy every year in pre-season?  The Lions should play all the worst teams so they have a fighting chance.


Lions v. Pack on Turkey Day

The Lions fans are in for a good divisional rivalry this year on Thanksgiving.  The Green Bay Packers will be coming to town for the early game.  This will be Aaron Rodgers first kick at the cat on Thanksgiving.

The last time the Lions and Packers met on Thanksgiving was in 2007.  The Pack won by 11.



Lions Decide on #1 Pick?

KFFL is reporting that the Lions will pick LT Jason Smith first overall.

KFFL has learned the Detroit Lions will take Baylor OT Jason Smith with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

It is possible that this is simply rumor but KFFL does have a reputation for reporting only credible and verified stories.

So much for the gag order in Detroit!


Shhhh… Lions Players Can’t Talk

Martin Mayhew is taking control of the 0-16 team.  He is showing an iron fist that wasn’t present under the Millen era.

The Detroit players have been told that they are not to speak to the media without permission from the organization.  This probably stems from a few leaks that have occurred lately including Grady Jackson accidently saying he likes the new colors.

“What is said in team meetings stays in team meetings,” Lions spokesman Bill Keenist said.

Good to hear.  We don’t want other team to have too much info going into the draft or info that could screw up coming trades up.

Source: http://www.lions-blog.com/2009/03/lions-players-given-the-gag-order/


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