Lions Have Absolutely Nothing In Common With Cowboys
Right there tells you the difference between the Lions and the Cowboys. Dallas finds players. Not just acquires big-name players such as Terrell Owens. Or just get good value in the first round like with Felix Jones or DeMarcus Ware. Tony Romo was an undrafted free agent. The Lions never, ever find players like that.
The Lions’ start this season is obviously alarming. I don’t think they are a well-coached football team in any way shape or form. Whatever Rod Marinelli addresses doesn’t show up on the field.
But the No. 1 culprit - by far - has been a string of unremarkable drafts by Matt Millen. And so far, this year’s draft doesn’t look any better, does it?
- The Tigers should have a formidable lineup next season, but one of the overlooked keys to their offensive production is Carlos Guillen. He was hurt a lot this year, and had to go though difficult personal issues (he and his wife went through child birth complications) that weighed heavily on him. The Tigers need a comeback season from Guillen. He is one of the gauges for their success. The Tigers surprised in 2004 when Guillen had a productive season, they disappointed in 2005 when he was hurt, they won the pennant in 2006 and got out to a hot start in 2007 when he was hitting well, and floundered this season as he struggled and missed significant playing time.
They need Guillen at third base to solidify their infield. If the Tigers had a captain, Guillen would be it. They need a bounce back season from him in 2009.
- Road games at Indiana and Northwestern will go a long way in determining whether Michigan State is a contender or a pretender. The contenders beat those teams on the road consistently. The pretenders don’t. The Northwestern game, in particular, could be dicey.
- I do think Michigan has a chance at home against Wisconsin. The Badgers offense is not explosive. Michigan’s defense is capable of holding Wisconsin’s offense down. Look for a close, low scoring game - if UM avoids turnovers.