Detroit Lions 2015-2016 Season Preview

With the 53-man roster finally set, for now anyways, we can finally have a good idea going forward what the Detroit Lions have in store for us as fans this year. Personally, I’m quite optimistic about the upcoming season. It will be a pain listening to Cheese Heads all season, but I’m hoping that this Lions team will be able to put together a nice run to get back into the playoffs. I wish I had more time to be thorough, but as it turns out, packing up your entire life takes a little bit of time.

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Michigan Football Season Preview

After spending most of the last two months traveling around, I’m finally home for an extended period of time…well, two weeks anyways. I accepted a position to be the Video Coach for the Green Bay Gamblers and will be moving to Green Bay on September 14th. It should be a fun new experience and no, I will not become a Packers fan. I’m not sure what it means for this blog at the moment, but I’m guessing that after this post, a Lions season preview and a Red Wings preview, I won’t be able to post much.

Anyways, onto what you really came here for; Michigan Football. This is one of the few years where everyone is walking into the season blind regarding Michigan. There has been so little news and videos of practice because of Harbaugh’s Submarine that it’s really impossible to know for sure how players are developing and who will be on the two-deep. This season could go so many different ways. One thing I can say, is that even though the offense will be a huge question mark, the defense should be solid. Last year, they were ranked 7th giving up only 313.3 yards per game and they’re returning 7 starters. The defensive line and the linebackers will be the strength, even with losing Frank Clark, Jake Ryan and Bryan Mone to injury.

All in all, I’m going to trust this staff completely when it comes to recruiting, player development and who sees the most time on the field. They have a ton of NFL experience and know what needs to be done.

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Detroit Red Wings Offseason Recap: Post-July 1st Update

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It’s been almost two months since I’ve posted on here and that is most assuredly the longest I’ve ever gone without posting. Normally I post about what the Red Wings might do heading into free agency, but I didn’t expect them to do anything this year. With the hiring of Jeff Blashill, I fully expected the Red Wings to just promote from within; after all he knows every one in Grand Rapids quite well. The Wings said early on that they wouldn’t be re-signing Erik Cole or Marek Zidlicky, so I didn’t have high expectations for anything interesting to happen. Then July 1st rolled around and it became very apparent that the Red Wings were making a push for the only good defenseman on the market, Mike Green. Then an hour or so after Green was signed, rumors started to swirl that the Red Wings were looking at Brad Richards. The latter was the far more surprising signing. It has always seemed like the Red Wings were interested in acquiring Mike Green, but just never wanted to pay the price that was required to get him in a trade.

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Detroit Lions 2015 Draft Recap And Analysis

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This was a really good year for the Detroit Lions in the NFL Draft. If I were inclined to give it a grade, it would fall in the B+ range. Nothing truly spectacular or ground-breaking, but they picked up quite a few solid pieces that should contribute right away. This is always the key when you have needs that must be filled and don’t have the cap room to always keep players or sign free agents. Surprisingly, this was also the first NFL Draft that the Lions did not select a wide receiver with Martin Mayhew as GM and it was one of the deepest years at wide receiver ever.

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2015 NFL Draft Winners

For me giving out grades at the end of the NFL Draft is a big premature. Even though you can grade drafts on paper based on how you had kids ranked, you still haven’t seen any of these kids play a snap in the NFL. You want to try not to overreact because you don’t want to be one of these people:


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2015 NFL Draft Losers

Each year it gets tougher and tougher to pick out the losers. I feel like I’ve said that before, but it’s honestly the truth. There are drafts that I don’t necessarily like, but team’s filled needs, so how can it really be a loss? I’d also say that with the amount of technology that is around these days, it should be getting harder and harder to miss on prospects. Though we all know that isn’t the case.

Carolina Panthers

2015 Draft Panthers

It’s always tough to put teams that pick players you like into a “losers” list. I really like Shaq Thompson and Devin Funchess and the Daryl Williams pick is solid as well. But the issue is people still don’t know where Shaq Thompson is going to play and Devin Funchess has some major issues that he needs to work through. He’s stiff in and out of his breaks, struggles to get separation and has some drop issues. That being said, the idea of Funchess lining up opposite Kelvin Benjamin is pretty enticing. Sure they’re close to the same player, but both of them are good prospects. But the biggest issue is the fact that the Carolina Panthers have a devastating amount of holes on the offensive line and waited until the 4th round to fill it. And no, I don’t consider signing Michael Oher in free agency filling it either.

Buffalo Bills

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It’s tough to win without a first round pick, though I do like some of their picks. I’m a fan of all three of the Florida State players that they selected and John Miller will help out the run game quite a bit. But, they still have holes at nose tackle and at safety. If they shift Darby to try to play safety, then that will help fill one need, but the Bills were a bad team last year and they paid a very big price for trading up for Sammy Watkins last year. Now, this all being said, the Bills have met with La’El Collins. If Collins gets cleared and they sign him, then you can take this draft off of the Losers category. That would their first round pick basically and it would be an absolutely massive pick up.

St. Louis Rams

2015 Draft Rams

I love Todd Gurley and I think that he’s going to be a very good NFL player, but I still wouldn’t have taken him 10th coming off an ACL injury. He was the least of their problems with this Draft though. They did do a lot of work to try to shore up the offensive line, but I didn’t love their picks and taking Sean Mannion in the third round with Nick Foles at starter seems like a waste. They didn’t address their need at wide receiver until the 6th round, if you even want to say Bud Sasser fills that need, and didn’t even give cornerback a look. Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Brian Quick doesn’t exactly strike fear into opposing secondaries. And while they are going to have an improved running game, they’re still missing a marquee wide receiver. One dimensional offenses never get the job done, just ask the Lions what it means to have a phenomenal passing game and no run game.

New Orleans Saints

2015 Draft Saints

The Saints did a good job adding depth at linebacker with Stephone Anthony and Hau’oli Kikaha; while PJ Williams and Garrett Grayson could end up being eventual starters for them. They decided that they wanted to shore up the offensive line, and rightfully so, but I don’t like Andrus Peat. I think that he’s slow and lumbering and gets beat more than he should.

Now you can say that I’m cherry picking a play, but I don’t want my first round left tackle that is supposed to be protecting my franchise quarterback getting blown off the ball like this. Especially when he’s weighing in around 6’7″ 315 lbs. Could he end up being a good player? Sure. But I don’t think he’ll be able to provide an instant impact. And while adding Max Unger and a 1st round pick was helpful, they didn’t do anything to fill the hole left at tight end when they traded Jimmy Graham; I’m not a Ben Watson fan. On top of that, after they traded Kenny Stills for practically nothing, they didn’t fill the hole left at wide receiver. Brandin Cooks showed major potential last year, but I don’t love that Nick Toon and Marques Colston round out your top three receivers. They’ll need CJ Spiller to come in and catch a lot of passes. The Saints are truly paying for being in Salary Cap hell right now and they’re going to have some growing pains.

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Green Bay Packers

2015 Draft Packers

I don’t want to call this draft a loss, but it isn’t a win…not yet anyways. It’s an extremely intriguing first three picks and it could end up being a great draft. Damarious Randall reminds a lot of people of Jimmie Ward and he could make for an athletic pair at safety with HaHa Clinton-Dix. Quinten Rollins is as raw as can be and has only played one full season of college football. Rollins was a ballhawk though with 7 interceptions and if he is given time to develop, could end up being one of the better corners to come out of this draft. Ty Montgomery meanwhile, is not one of my favorites, but he will add an interesting element as a return man and almost as a utility player. I would expect them to try to use him as a less dynamic Percy Harvin. Jake Ryan was a great pick for the 3-4 defense that they run and while most expect him to play ILB, I think he is better suited for the outside. Brett Hundley also gives them another boom or bust developmental prospect who can sit for 3-4 years behind Aaron Rodgers and be groomed for the future.

2015 NFL Draft Winners

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2015 Detroit Lions NFL Draft Preview and Seven Round Mock Draft

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Like last year, I was extremely open to multiple players that the Detroit Lions could select. Unfortunately last year they selected one of the few players I didn’t want and I’m praying that doesn’t happen again. The Lions are a few pieces from being a championship team and it would be pretty neat if they filled them and didn’t draft another tight end. Their offensive line has holes right now, specifically at LG, they’re missing a #2 DT with the loss of Nick Fairley and a true #1 RB. It’s important to remember that the Lions are a “Best Player Available” team, so don’t be shocked if they don’t fill all of their needs in the draft. I certainly wouldn’t be. I would also expect the Lions to make some deals to acquire more picks throughout the Draft since they only have six right now.

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