Jon Kitna on IR

Jon Kitna was placed on Injured Reserve by the Detroit Lions.

Kitna was held out of the past week’s loss to the Vikings with back spasms.  This injury will likely be the end of Jon’s tenure in Detroit as this was his last year of his current contract.

This will end the speculation of whether or not the young QBs will get a chance to show what they can do.  Dan Orlovsky and Drew Stanton now have a chance to step up.

Dan Orlovsky is currently listed as the Detroit Lions starter.

Who Should Be The Lions QB?

Many Detroit Lions fans are wondering who should be the starter from this point on in the 2008 season.  This answer is simple… Dan Orlovsky.

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Jon Kitna is obviously not going to be a Lion past this year.  With that being said, there is no real benefit to starting Jon.  Jon has worked hard for the Lions but the team must move forward and see what the young QBs can do before the draft. 

 Dan Orlovsky showed some excellent composure this past week again the Vikings.  He let plays develop and eluded tackles better than Jon Kitna has done during his entire tenure with the Lions.  Orlovsky’s first start was a hard test that I believe he passed.  The Vikings are a talented defense that put constant pressure on him.  He remained compose (for the most part) and did not commit any turnovers.  That is something Lion’s fans are not used to from their QBs.

Not all aspects were rosey with Dan Orlovsky.  The safety shows that he needs to work on his awareness on the football field.  Granted that one of the leagues best ends was bearing down on him, but he should have moved out of the pocket to throw the ball out of bounds.

Side Note: What idiot called a three step shotgun formation in the end-zone?  The ball should have been pounded using the run game in hopes of a first down or a more comfortable punt. 

A Vote for Dan?

Was the celebration on the Calvin Johnson’s touchdown with Orlovsky and Roy Williams more than just a celebration?  I think this was a public vote for Dan Orlovsky from his wide receivers.  That moment could signify a future bond and many TDs between the 3 players in the furture.

What about Drew Stanton?

Drew Stanton has been injured but is quite possibly the future QB for the Lions.  He needs some more time to get healthy.  The Lions should inject him next if Dan Orlovsky is injured or does not work out.

Lions @ Vikes Week 6

The biggest story leading up to this game is that Jon Kitna is out, Dan Orlovsky is in.  Drew Henson has been signed off the practise squad.  Does this mean Jon Kitna will be out the door before the trade deadline?  Considering he did not make the 1 hour flight with the team, I think it does.

Game Story

The Lions roar into the worst stadium in the leaque to face the Vikings; The MetroDome.  If you have been there you will agree, the Vikes need to pull the trigger on their new stadium.  The Lions have not won in Minni since 1997.

Roy Williams and Calvin Johnson (both questionable) started.

Both defenses looked strong early.  The Lions had 3 Sacks and a fumble recovery in the first quarter while holding the Vikes to 2 points.  Orlovsky was forced out of the back of the end-zone for a safety, giving up the 2 points.

The defense kept the solid play coming at the Vikes offense in the 2nd Quarter.   The defense added a 4th sack early.

Kevin Smith broke a huge 50 yard run to put the Lions into field-goal position. Jason Hanson hit a 40 yd field goal for a 3-2 lead at the 2 minute warning.

Halftime score: 3-2 for the Lions.  The Vikings went to their dressing to a chorus of boos from the home town crowd.

 The Lions started the 2nd half on fire.  Rudi Johnson ran the ball effectivly, while a 37 yard pass then a 12 yd TD pass to Calvin Johnson gave the Lions a 10-2 lead.  The opening drive was easily the best the Lions looked all year on offense.

Leigh Bodden ended the Vikings next drive with the Lions first interception of the year.  Yep, that is what I said… the Lions picked of their first pass of the year in Week 6.  The drive ended in a punt. 

The Vikings quickly answered with an 86 yard Bernard Berrian touchdown pass from Gus Frerotte.  Poor tackling was the cause if this touchdown. 10-9 Lions.

A Leigh Bodden fumble recovery end a 50+ yards Vikings drive to help the Lions retain the small lead. 

A terrible call by Tony Carrente off of a review gave the Vikings the ball off of a Calvin Johnson fumble.  The next play resulted in a 40 yard pass play by the Vikings.  These refs really need to get their calls right.  This bad call could have cost the Lions the game, but a blocked field goal by Jard Devries saved the 3 point field attempt.  Wow, who is this Lions defense? 

The Vikings won this game on an awful call again by Tony Carrente’s refs.  A pass interference call that was even said by the announcers to be a blown call, put the Vikings in easy field goal range.   

Final 12-10 Vikings

The question I have is how many games are the refs going to affect the outcome of this season.  It is getting ridiculous!

KTV Week 6: Vikings

The Lions have a tough Week 6 opponent in the Minnesota Vikings.  The Vikings will look to give our NFC North basement dwellers a 0-5 record.  Who thought we’d be 0-5 going into the season?

The D-Line has to step up…

Pressure, pressure, pressure.  The Lions need to hurry Gus Frerotte and try to cause turn overs.  With a grand total of 0 interceptions this year, the Lions need to get pressure of the QB to win in Minni.  Cory Redding needs to lead the rush and put Frerotte on the turf.

Run the Ball!

Yes, the Vikings have dominated running offenses for the last 3 years.  Yes, they are effective run stoppers this year.  No, we cannot give up on the running game this week. A 2 dimensional offense is to key to surviving the crafty Vikings defense.  If we abandon the run early then the Vikings secondary will have a field day with which ever QB Rod Marinelli decides to start in Week 6.  With a talented tandom of Rudi Johnson and Kevin Smith, pounding the rock will open up the pass game.  Jim Colleto can not give up early and let the Vikes know it will be pass, pass, pass.

Calvin Johnson & Roy Williams

These two elite WRs will be the main key to victory this week.  They are frustrated but they need to step up and hold onto the football.  Short passes with long YAC (Yards after catch) will translate to Lions points.  Calvin displayed his nose for the end-zone against Green Bay in Week 2 with 2 TDs and 126 yards.  If (insert QB here 🙂 )gets Megatron the ball and he will make beautiful things happen. 

Roy Williams On His Way Out?

I will start by saying that I am a big Roy Williams fan.  He is a fantastic wide receiver with a flare for getting the fans excited.  Don’t let his drops on Sunday convince you otherwise because that was not an indication of his play.  A frustrated player on a frustrated team is bound to make mistakes.

The reality of the situation is that the Detroit Lions cannot afford Roy Williams.   The Lions cannot afford two first wide receivers.  Calvin Johnson is locked in for the future so by default Roy should be shopped for trade. 

The Lions are rebuilding which costs money.  Many will say that teams all around the league have a couple first string WRs but those teams are in a very different situation.  The Lions have so many holes on both sides of the ball that paying Roy the amount of money he will demand next year is not in the Lions interest.

There are rumors flying around that Dallas, Seattle, New Orleans, and San Fran are interested in #11.  If they are offering a first round pick then the Lions should jump at it.  The Lions need to build by the draft and it is becoming obvious the Roy would not be in Detroit after next year (if the Lions tag him next year).

Lions fans also have to keep in mind that we are likely going to have a Top 5 pick next year.  With the current crazy salaries the high draft picks are getting, we have to budget for that.  Hopefully under a new GM the money will be well spent with a great pick.  With the blown picks of the past under GM Matt Millen, Lions fans are understandably going to be critical on how the cash is spent.

Restore the Roar!

0-4 and Counting

The Lions are off to one of the worst starts in team history and the outlook is grim.  With 2 division losses and a very tough schedule ahead, the future is not bright for the leagues worst team.

The Vikings win last night may have been an ugly victory, but it is a win.  The Vikings easily have the momentum coming into Sunday’s game in Minneapolis.  The Lions are a dismal 0-4 compared to the Viking’s 2-3 record.  Although the Vikings offense is lethargic to say the least, the league’s worst defense will likely not be able to stop them.  Adrian Peterson will be looking to improve on his 32 yard effort on Monday Night Football.  It is no secret that Adrian loves to run against the Detroit D.

The only weak team the Lions will face will be the 0-4 Houston Texans (Week 7).  Starting Week 8 the Lions face Washington, Jacksonville, Chicago and Carolina.  Without a win in Minni or Houston, an 0-10 start is very possible.  The season closes with Tampa, Minni, Tennessee, Indy, New Orleans, and the Cheese-heads.  Every team in the list is strong, which will make the Lions lucky to have a 3 win season in 2oo8.

 In a season that started with fans saying 13-3 and a QB saying 10 wins, there is a possibility of owning the first round draft pick overall in the 2009 NFL draft. 

Keep your heads up Detroit Fans…

Hello Detroit Lions Fans!!

Hello to all my fellow Detroit Lions fans!  As of today I have taken over the Detroit Lions blog on Content Quake.  Thanks for having me.

My name is Kevin Klimack.  I am a 20+ year Lions fan who hasn’t missed a single game in 10 years.  The Lions are a passion of mine that I hope to share with many people here on Content Quake.  I look forward to getting into discussions with fans of both the Lions and any other team in the NFL.  Comment away my friends, I would love to hear from you!

Matt Millen: Matt Millen should have been fired years ago.  He left the Detroit Lions is a mess.

Favorite Player? (All Time): Barry Sanders.  Barry Sanders is the best HB of all time.

Favorite Player? (Current): Ernie Sims.  Ernie is a hard hitter that leaves it all on the field.

Reason that I am a Lions fan?:  Barry Sanders.  As a kid I watched Lions games because they were on TV.  Once I saw Barry juke and jive, I was hooked.

Rod Marinelli?: I have not been sold yet on the “In Rod We Trust” slogan.  I do believe Rod changed the culture in the dressing room.  I was not a fan of Camp Marriucci.

As I write here daily I will try to be as positive as I can.  I may not always be shiny happy, but I promise to be honest and objective. 

Restore the Roar!

Detroit Lions 2008 NFL Season Outlook

  • Detroit Lions Look for Overall Improvement but National Press doesn’t agree

We are at the beginning of July and all the NFL off-season maneuvering has been completed. The player movement, trades, NFL Draft, the mini-camps and the Organized Team Activities have all been completed. Now comes the lull before NFL Training Camps open in late July. The Detroit Lions, as you would expect, believe all the off-season moves they made and the hard work since the 2007 NFL Season ended will lead to a good season and an NFL playoff spot come January. The National Media, as you would expect given the Lions long history, are not so optimistic regarding the Lions.

  • Detroit Lions Views

Your ‘Lion Eyes’ blogger has compiled some media quotes from the last month regarding what players and coaches from the Lions think of how the outlook for the Detroit Lions is for the team.

  • Jon Kitna says:

“Our expectation is we will be disappointed if we don’t win 10 games, because that will mean that we’re not in the playoffs and that (stinks),” Kitna says. “I can’t make it any simpler than that.”

“Obviously there’s going to be more pressure on my position in terms of getting us into the right things at the line of scrimmage, whereas before coach Martz watched all the film and broke it down,” Kitna says. “The pressure was on him to get us to the right play calls and to really be a step ahead of the defense.

“Now, it’s going to be on me to be able to do that stuff at the line of scrimmage, and that counts for preparation during the week.”

  • Calvin Johnson says:

“This year, I know exactly what’s happening with the offense,” Johnson says. “I know what’s going to go on in practice, and I know how to practice. We have a great locker-room situation. The chemistry’s there.”

  • Rod Marinelli praised the team for being lean and fast and what he wants:

“I want to shrink the width of this field. I want to narrow it with speed,” Marinelli says. “The thing about speed is, when you have it, you have to be tough enough to use it all the time. That’s the mental toughness.”

  • Brian Kelly on playing the Tampa Two defense:

“I’m excited,” Kelly says. “It’s a lot of familiarity for me here. I’ve been watching the guys play for the last couple of years. There’s a lot of similarities of what we do in Tampa and what they’re doing here. It’s a simple system … guys that believe in each other and know that this man is going to take care of his position and this guy is going to take care of his position.”

  • Cory Redding regarding players coming to the Lions that have played the Tampa Two defense:

“Now, they just have to get familiar with us. They’ve been around the scheme, and they know exactly what to do. The experience is the big part. Putting the Tampa 2 system in a couple of years ago, everybody was trying to figure out where they’re going to fit in, and it’s tough at times.

“Everybody’s moving quicker, because those guys are bringing their knowledge from playing in the system,” Redding said. “When they get out there and run it right and run it fast, the other guys behind them see how it’s supposed to be run.”

“But you have to buy into the system because the system works.”

  • Jeff Backus on the difference he sees going into Rod Marinellis 3rd year as head coach:

“The atmosphere is awesome,” Backus said. “I think Rod has done a tremendous job of doing it his way and getting what he wants out of us and making changes when changes need to be made. I’m excited to see what happens this season.”

  • Roy Williams on the change in Offense with Jim Colletto taking over for the fired Mike Martz and only have 30-40 plays instead of over 200:

“I’ll tell you what: With the plays that we’ve got in, we’re going to be real good at them,”

Source: Detroit Free Press

  • National Media Views of the Detroit Lions

The National Media does not share the optimism expressed by the Lions. Here are some examples.

  • Sporting News Not Impressed with Detroit Lions here are two examples:

 Dewayne White is Detroit’s only consistent pass-rush threat. On the other side, the team will rotate veteran Jared DeVries and second-year player Ikaika Alama-Francis, who remains too raw to be consistent.

Detroit Lions. Detroit replenished its secondary with the acquisitions of cornerbacks Leigh Bodden and Brian Kelly and free safety Dwight Smith — all of whom are expected to start. But the Lions still lack a dominant pass rusher.

Source: Sporting News

  • Lions will miss the playoffs again says the Sporting News:

Like the Chiefs, the Lions have far more confidence than their talent level warrants. Quarterback Jon Kitna can’t keep quiet; he again has predicted 10 victories. It didn’t happen in 07, and it won’t happen in 08.

What have the Lions done to get better? The running back situation is a multi-headed crapshoot. The offensive line is average at best. And the defense is merely a collection of former Buccaneers who, if they were great players, would be current Buccaneers.

Picking the Lions to miss the playoffs hardly represents a full-body shimmy onto a rubbery tree limb. However, it’s important to nip in the bud the annual sense that the law of averages will come into play and that this year will be the year for the Lions.

Source: Sporting News

  • USA Today Writers Jeff Ziglett and Nate Davis have a better Outlook for the Lions:

If the defense improves to the middle of the pack and the offense adapts to its new approach, the Lions can certainly be in the playoff conversation amid a wide-open NFC. If nothing else, the retirement of Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre, long a Detroit nemesis, should help the Lions be more competitive in the NFC North.

Source: Detroit Free Press Story

  • Your ‘Lion Eyes’ Blogger Outlook

I am always hopeful for the Lions, especially this time of the year before training camp starts. That being said, all the things the Lions players and coaches are saying and doing seem positive. I just worry that if Detroit gets off to a slow start the players will fall into the ‘Same old Lions’ mode that we see so often. If that happens and the Lions have a 2 or 3 win record and get blown out on National Television on Thanksgiving day I suspect Rod Marinelli regime will end at the conclusion of the season. I hope my outlook is 100% wrong and Marinelli leads the Lions to not only the Playoffs but an actual Playoff win this year and is seen as the savior of the Franchise. But I am pessimistic that the Lions can improve as much as is needed for that to occur. Remember though,  nobody thought the New York Giants would win the Super Bowl last year before the season started. So, there is always hope for the Detroit Lions to succeed.

Detroit Lions should take Lessons from Detroit Red Wings

  • Detroit Lions could Learn from Detroit Red Wings

Your ‘Lion Eyes’ blogger remembers when the Detroit Red Wings were consistently derided nationally as the ‘Dead Wings’. They were perennial losers in the NHL. Of course that is no longer true. Now they are annual Stanley Cup contenders. The Red Wings just won the 2008 Stanley Cup and now are winners of 4 Stanley Cups in 11 years and are the model NHL franchise. All of us Detroit Lion fans have certainly heard the our favorite team called the ‘Lidowns’ many times and the Lions really have never been considered Super Bowl contenders.  So if the Lions take lessons from the Red Wings maybe there is hope for the Lions to turn it around and become the future model NFL franchise like the current New England Patriots.

  • How the Red Wings became the Model NHL Franchise 

The Detroit Red Wings lost in the Stanley Cup finals at the end of the 1966 season. The ‘Dead Wing’ era started the next season. For 17 NHL seasons 1967 through 1983 the ‘Dead Wings’ made the NHL playoffs just 2 times and were eliminated very early each time.

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Detroit Lions Start Mandatory Mini-Camp

  • Mandatory Mini-Camp

It is once again that time of the year when all Detroit Lions fans dream of the Lions winning the Super Bowl in early February. This dream usually dies sometime during the 1st regular season game, though last year we were still dreaming until about week 10 after that 6-2 start.

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