Detroit Rock City - Return of the Pride

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Detroit, MI - After 57 years of being owned by the Ford family, the Detroit Lions are being sold. The franchise is being sold for a staggering $2 billion, yes that is Billion with a B. William Clay Ford, who had been a minority owner of the team since 1961, bought out the teams other owners in 1963 for $4.5m and owned the team until he passed away in March 2014, upon which ownership passed along to his wife Martha.

The new ownership group is headlined by Detroit Lions great Barry Sanders, who will also serve as the teams General Manager moving forward. But that's not all, in the official press release Sanders is quoted saying:

It's time to return the Lions franchise back to glory. Detroit is a hardcore city, and playing in the NFC North which used to be known as the "Black and Blue Division" in my playing days due to the physical nature with which teams played, has lead us to plan major renovations to Ford Field that will include a conversion from an enclosed stadium to an outdoor stadium. There is nothing more American than football played outdoors late in the season as you battle for division supremacy.


The Lions have not played an outdoor home game since Thanksgiving 1974 when they played their final game in Tiger Stadium, the Denver Broncos won the game 31-27.

With the decision to renovate to an outdoor stadium, it is expected for Detroit to win a bid for an MLS team as one of the major factors working against them was the fact that the league strongly preferred games played outdoors and on grass.
 
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Detroit, MI - The playoffs are upon us, and yet again for Lions' faithful they won't be watching the hometown team participate in them. The Motor City Kitties finished the season with a meager 5-11 record, good for last place in the NFC North. The Lions have not won a division title since 1993 when they played in the NFC Central division.

General Manager Barry Sanders has not given any indication how safe Head Coach Matt Patricia's job is. Although not expected to be a part of Black Monday, Patricia has to be on thin ice heading into season 2 as his defense ranked 21st in yards allowed and 29th in points. The offense fared slightly better, ranking 23rd in yards and tied for 17th in points scored. That said, expect major changes to this roster this off season that may include the shopping of QB Matt Stafford.

Stafford, who just signed an extension prior to last season, had a solid but unspectacular season going by his stats. However he remains prone to head scratching turnovers. His 2018 campaign provided 4,146 yards on 64% completions with 29 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. If Sanders does indeed place Stafford on the trade block this off season some potential suitors may include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
 
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Detroit, MI - Despite being known for the color Honolulu Blue, the Detroit Lions won't be sending any players to Hawaii to participate in this years Pro Bowl. The rosters are headlined by star players such as Drew Brees J.J. Watt, but have a number of first time participants as well.

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Detroit, MI - The NFL Honors Ceremony took place earlier this evening, with the end of season awards handed out. Here are the major award winners.

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Atlanta, GA - Tonight marks a historic Super Bowl in which two teams from the same city face off in a battle for civic supremacy. Lets take a look at each team's path to the Super Bowl.

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As the graphic above shows, the Chargers had a much more difficult path to the Super Bowl, not only by virtue of playing 3 games in the playoffs vs the 2 the Rams have played, but also due to playing and beating the top 2 seeds in the AFC. The victory over the Patriots was especially impressive as the Philip Rivers matched Tom Brady's 4 touchdowns, and backup QB Geno Smith added one of his own on a fake FG late in the 3rd quarter.

The Rams enter having not really been tested all post season as they have rolled over both the Bears and Falcons en route to their first Super Bowl since the 'Greatest Show on Turf' days. Todd Gurley has run rampant this post season, leaving little pressure on Jared Goff who has had to do little other than be a game manager. I think the roles will have to be flipped in the Super Bowl as the Chargers have the most talented secondary Goff has faced this season. If Goff isn't on his game the Chargers will be able to load up to stop Gurley.

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The current Vegas odds have the Rams as the slight favorites as we approach kickoff time. The spread is currently Rams -3.5 while they moneyline has the Rams at -180 and the Chargers at +120.
 

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Atlanta, GA - It wasn't even close. The Rams did to the Chargers what they did to everyone else in their path all season and steamrolled. Just like a steamroller, they started off slow, but slowly started gaining momentum as they took a 14-7 lead into halftime. Shortly after the 3rd quarter started the floodgates opened starting with a 75 yard TD run by Super Bowl MVP Todd Gurley. Gurley finished with 23 carries for 175 yards and 2 TD. He got the MVP nod in a close vote over Jared Goff who was also phenomenal. Goff finished the game completing 19 of his 22 passes for 265 yards and 4 TD to 4 different receivers. The Rams defense didn't want to be left out of the scoring party as CB Sam Shields picked off an errant Philip Rivers pass in the 3rd quarter and took it to the house. The final score of 49-14 doesn't fully encapsulate the complete dominance that was exhibited on the field.

Now as we approach the off season, knowing that it's a copycat league, it will be very interesting how many teams attempt to follow the route the Rams took and go all in via trades and free agency. The diamond of the off season just waiting to be found is HB Le'Veon Bell who is due for a big payday after sitting out the entirety of the 2018 season.
 

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Detroit, MI - The Matthew Stafford era is officially over in Detroit as the Lions have announced a trade of the 31 year old quarterback who had played his entire 10 years for the Lions after being the #1 overall pick in 2008.

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Stafford was sent to the New England Patriots for the 30th and 57th picks in the upcoming draft, along with a 2nd round selection in the 2020 draft. The Patriots were left scrambling for a QB when Tom Brady announced his retirement after the Super Bowl and they did not believe one of the 3 first round talents would fall to their pick, nor would they be able to immediately step in and lead a team that has championship aspirations.

In other major news, the biggest available free agent has made his decision as HB Le'Veon Bell signed a 4 year $50.5m contract with the Indianapolis Colts. Bell's new contract guarantees $24m and will pay him an average annual salary of $12.625m. Bell sat out the 2018 season after he refused to sign his Franchise Tag tender that the Steelers offered after the two sides couldn't come to an agreement on an extension.

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Detroit, MI - The first wave of Free Agency is over, and the Lions have made a number of signings.

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The new look roster is starting to take shape, and after the upcoming draft we will get a better idea of the vision that Barry Sanders has for this team.
 

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Detroit, MI - After trading down from the 3rd overall pick to the 13th overall pick (and picking up #25 and #66 overall in the deal) the Lions selected Ohio State QB Franklin Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald started only one season in his 3 years at OSU after redshirting his first season on campus and backing up the now New Orleans Saints QB J.T. Barrett during his second. Fitzgerald completed 68% of his passes last season totaling 4,103 yards and 34 TDs to just 6 INT.

Fitzgerald is a big quarterback with a big arm. He can make all of the throws. Has step and crank power to drive throws into the seams. Has the arm talent and willingness to challenge safeties on both intermediate and deep throws. Looks the part with thick frame to withstand NFL punishment. Carries the ball with a fearless confidence that he will find a way to create and usually gains positive yardage on broken plays when he appears trapped. Rarely underthrows deep passes, preferring to give only his wide receiver a chance to catch the ball. Keeps ball tucked to body near shoulder level and comes to balance to deliver his throws.

However rarely threatens defenses with feet. Lacks improvisation and ability to extend plays. Poise and mobility in pocket are below average. Hesitation is a noticeable issue. Often late to pull trigger on throws toward the sideline, forcing receivers into boundary and out of the catch. Inability to throw with desired accuracy on the move forced him to leave yards and plays on the field. His play-action fakes could use improvement.

The entirety of the Lions draft is as follows

1.13 - QB Franklin Fitzgerald - Ohio St
1.25 - WR Cameron Anthony - William & Mary
1.30 - OLB Ace Bird - Boise St
2.3 - HB Delmar Rock - Nebraska
2.25 - WR Jarius Rice - Tulane
3.2 - C Denton Flynn - Vanderbilt
3.21 - S/LB Tavaras Kirby - Washington
4.3 - MLB Tarus Franklin - Georgetown
5.4 - DE Dion Sanu - East Carolina
6.3 - CB Antonio Victorian - Texas
7.3 - K Noah Gunter - Louisiana Lafayette

After the draft the Lions also signed the following UDFA

QB Brendan Duffy - Kansas
TE Devin Lindsey - Western Kentucky
LT Marshall Mays - Georgia Tech
LG Griffin Larsen - Texas

In addition they also announced the signing of the following veterans

WR Corey Coleman
LE Zach Kerr
DT Vincent Valentine
CB Brent Grimes
 

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Detroit, MI - As we sit just days out from the season opener at home vs the Washington Redskins, I got a chance to sit down with Lions Rookie QB Franklin Fitzgerald.

Detroit Rock City: First off Franklin, I wanted to welcome you to Detroit; how have you adjusted to the city so far?

Franklin Fitzgerald: Thank you, thank you. The city has been welcoming, I know y'all just had a decade run with (Matt) Stafford and there's mixed emotions in the fan base about picking me but everyone I've met has been nothing but supportive and welcoming.

DRC: Do you feel pressure to fill the shoes that Stafford left?

FF: Nah man. There's some pressure to step in and perform without a doubt, but that stems from being a rookie QB in this league and not from feeling like I gotta live up to who came before me. I'ma do what I do on the field and I think the fans are going to like what I have to bring to the table.

DRC: How do you feel about your Madden rating?

FF: I think they got me at what a 79 so I'm pretty happy with that. They got me as the highest overall QB from this draft and a good development trait too. I'm gonna force them to up my rating though once the season starts, especially my speed, that's too low man. They got my arm strength right though (points to right bicep as he flexes). Cardale ain't got nothing on me.

DRC: So you think you were the steal of the draft at #13 overall?

FF: Yeah man for sure I'm the steal of the draft. No way I shoulda dropped outside the top 5, and for sure not as the 3rd QB taken.

DRC: Have you talked to GM Barry Sanders about why he didn't take you at #3 after the draft interview process when you knew there was a good chance you'd be a Lion?

FF: Yeah I sat down with Barry at the beginning of training camp and he told me they wanted to draft me over the other two guys but Gruden called in the draft with a good offer and he felt like the extra picks would mean extra weapons for me.

DRC: So you think he knew you'd fall past the other teams in the market for a QB?

FF: I'm not sure he knew, like there's so much information in the media around the draft you can't know what's actually true. But I think he had a good feeling.

DRC: Was it difficult to sit there on draft night and see (Ross) Soloman and (Eric) Jeter go ahead of you? Were there any teams that promised to pick you if you were on the board?

FF: The Soloman pick caught me off guard so that didn't really bother me. But I mean you guys just dealt for Jimmy G and gave him all that money what are you drafting a QB in the top 10? I was a little upset that the Giants took Jeter over me though. I had a conversation with their GM at the combine and he sounded very interested. No one promised to take me and didn't, but I know the Saints had some interest too if I dropped any further.

DRC: It's seemed like you had some instant chemistry with Kenny Galliday this Pre-Season, is there any reason you two have seemed to click so quickly?

FF: Kenny is my dude man, I don't know how exactly it started but he's always getting open and even when he's covered I can throw it up and he's going to come down with it. They say every young QB needs his safety blanket and I guess Kenny is mine haha

DRC: Thanks for sitting down with me today, I'm really looking forward to watching your career unfold here in Detroit.

FF: Thanks for having me man. Lets do this again sometime
 

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Detroit, MI - Sunday's season opener was a roller coaster of emotions for Lions fans as they experienced the highs and lows that come with a talented rookie quarterback.

Rookie QB Franklin Fitzgerald looked like a seasoned vet as he marched the Lions down the field on their opening drive, completing all 7 of his passes for 72 yards. He capped it off with a 14 yard touchdown pass to UDFA Rookie TE Devin Lindsey. Unfortunately for Lions fans he looked much more like a rookie on the next two drives throwing an interception on each of them, including one in the red zone. Fortunately the defense stepped up and allowed FGs on those two Redskins drives. After the offense stalled out and was forced to punt in the 2nd quarter, safety Quandre Diggs stepped up and picked off an errant Alex Smith pass returning it for a score to put the Lions up 14-13 heading into half.

It appeared the correct halftime adjustments were made as the Lions again easily marched down the field to start the half which was capped off with a 23 yard touchdown scamper by HB Kerryon Johnson. Unfortunately the run game faltered down the stretch and while trying to force things to make up for the lack of run game, Fitzgerald threw 3 more interceptions.

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The defense would hold up in the 2nd half until late in the 4th quarter when the Redskins caught the lines in a Cover 0 blitz and hit Paul Richardson Jr on a deep post to get inside the 5 yard line. On the ensuing play Smith would find Allen Hurns in the back of the end zone for 6. HB Chris Thompson was able to punch in the 2 point conversion to tie the game with 3 minutes to play.

The Lions got the ball back and were moving it effortlessly through the air until they were on the edge of field goal range. A stuffed Kerryon Johnson run and a sack on 3rd down took them out of field goal range, forcing a punt to the Redskins with a minute remaining in the game. The Redskins elected to take the game to overtime.

After winning the coin toss and electing to receive, Washington moved the ball successfully to start the drive, picking up back to back first downs before a couple errant Alex Smith passes forced a punt. Game on the line, having thrown 5 interceptions on the game, we again saw the good Franklin Fitzgerald as he showed extreme poise taking what the defense gave him and moving the ball methodically down the field. Then on a play that Lions fans will remember for a long time he showcased the pure arm talent that had him as a projected top 5 draft selection.

Facing 3rd and 6 from the Redskins 48, Fitzgerald dropped back to pass and looked left towards Marvin Jones Jr running a dig at the marker. Jones was covered and OLB Ryan Kerrigan was bearing down on Fitzgerald from off the edge so Fitzgerald calmly rolled out right and threw a laser to Phillip Dorsett streaking to the post. Dorsett was at the 10 yard line when the ball was released, and caught the ball uncontested just 3 yards deep into the end zone for the dramatic walk off shot.

If the Lions want to have sustained success this season, Fitzgerald will need to take care of the ball better, however he showcased some immense talent in the victory as well as the "Mamba Mentality" needed for a QB to be successful in the league. Be excited Lions fans, we have the next great NFL QB on our roster.

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Fitzgerald Shines in Blowout Win

Detroit, MI - After an up and down debut in Week 1, we saw the better side of rookie QB Franklin Fitzgerald in the Week 2 blowout of the San Francisco 49ers.

Fitzgerald again started off perfect, going 6 for 6 for 65 yards and a touchdown on the Lions opening drive. Unlike Week 1, he didn't slow down there as he finished the first half with only 1 incompletion, 3 touchdowns and just 1 interception that came when WR Kenny Golladay couldn't grab an end zone fade heading into half time.

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The defense played lights out for 3.5 quarters, playing shutout ball and making Jimmy Garoppolo's life miserable all game. Darius Slay came up big with two interceptions on what would have otherwise been big gains for the 49ers.

Unfortunately for the Lions, they lost both CB Brent Grimes as well as HB Kerryon Johnson to torn pectorals. Both players have been placed on the injured reserve.

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Lions Win in OT Thriller
Detroit, MI - For the 3rd straight game the Lions marched down the field on their opening drive and punched it in for 6 points, despite losing yet another running back for the season as Theo Riddick left the game with what is now known to be a torn ACL. This time Franklin Fitzgerald found Kenny Golladay in the back of the end zone. The quick start seemed to energize the defense as they came out playing with their hair on fire, harassing Eagles QB Carson Wentz before picking him off for the first of 3 times on the day.

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Down to their only healthy running back on the roster, the Lions turned to Mike Davis who was in his first week with the team after being signed to backup Riddick due to the plethora of injuries at HB the Lions have had this season. Davis quickly responded by taking his first carry 80 yards to the house and it felt like the rout was on.

Carson Wentz would throw interceptions on the Eagles next two drives, but the Lions offense struggled to get anything going as they only managed a field goal off of those turnovers. Not to be outdone by Mike Davis, Eagles HB Jay Ajayi went "Beast Mode" before half, breaking 3 tackles en route to a 47 yard touchdown scamper that got the Eagles on the board.

In the 2nd half both quarterbacks struggled while Ajayi and Davis continued to chew up large chunks on the ground. However neither team was able to capitalize on the ground game as the Eagles managed only 2 field goals in the 2nd half until late in the 4th quarter when Carson Wentz found Alshon Jeffery streaking to the post off of play action for 55 yards down to the 1 yard line. Wentz then hit 2nd year WR Mack Hollins to the nearside pylon for a touchdown that put the Eagles up 20-17 with a minute left to play.

As we've become accustomed to seeing so far in his young career, Franklin Fitzgerald calmly lead the Lions down the field, capping the drive off with a 28 yard pass to Phillip Dorsett over the middle that set up a Matt Prater FG as time expired to send the game to overtime.

The Lions won the toss and the Eagles never had a chance. With Ford Field rockin', Fitzgerald slung the rock down the field with help from a 30 yard run by Mike Davis to get the ball inside the red zone. Fitzgerald put an exclamation point on the game by hitting Marvin Jones over the middle who ran over a defender to cross the goaline for the walk off OT winner.

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Shortly after the game news broke that the Lions and Colts had come to an agreement on a trade that sent DT A'Shawn Robinson to the Colts in return for 2nd year HB Nyheim Hines and a 5th round draft pick. Hines is expected to spell Davis in next weeks game vs the Vikings.

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Davis Runs Wild
Detroit, MI - Fantasy football players everywhere are rejoicing after picking up Lions HB Mike Davis after his surprise breakout performance a week ago. Those players were rewarded with another stellar performance, 174 yards on 22 carries with 2 TDs. And for those in PPR leagues he added 3 receptions as well to cap things off.

Davis' big day carried the Lions to victory as QB Franklin Fitzgerald struggled with the Vikings pass rush. Fitzgerald finished the day 20/32 for 287 yards and 3 TDs but also threw 2 interceptions. Although Fitzgerald outdueled the $84m Man in Minnesota also known as Kirk Cousins, it was one of his weaker performances thus far this season.

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With today's victory, the Lions secured their first 4-0 start since the 2011 campaign in which they started 5-0. The Lions would finish that season 10-6 and make the playoffs with a Wild Card birth. The current Lions have a bye week before heading on the road for the first time this season Week 6 to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
 
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