Monday, October 19, 2009

We'll Know About The Lions After The Bye Week

We'll know more about how the Lions are progressing after the bye week. It's a great period to make adjustments, not something their past coaching staffs did well.
I don't know how they are going to handle the QB position if Matthew Stafford and Daunte Culpepper are still ailing. Drew Stanton starting? Ouch. Anybody have Drew Henson's phone number? Double ouch. Where have you gone Ryan Van Dyke?
Also, Martin Mayhew's "gossip" comments Sunday aside, there is major concern about Stafford's knee.
It's important the Lions come out of this season with a future. That future will get here a lot quicker if Stafford is able to get signficant playing time again this season. He was just starting to make progress.

Random Thoughts

- No, I don't think Michigan State is that good. But, yes, I do think the Spartans are capable of making a run at the Big Ten title. Name a Big Ten team that is really good? The Spartans' chances are as good as any if they beat Iowa Saturday. And it is a home game.

- We've seen it for eons, but it still never ceases to amaze me how Mariano Rivera throws the same 90 mph cut fastball time after time - and nobody can hit it.

- How about Brian Hoyer hitting 9-of-11 passes for 52 yards in his NFL debut Sunday for New England against Tennessee. Then again, the Titans' collapse has been unreal. 59-0? Are you kidding? There was point last season that team looked unbeatable. Shows you what injuries in the secondary can do in the NFL.

- Anybody complaining that A-Rod can't seem to pull the ball?

- I want to see an East Coast-West Coast World Series for two reasons:
1. At least there would be some games played in decent weather in LA.
2. If either LA/LA or Philly/New York are meeting, those regions would get insufferable in their own unique ways.

- I thought the Red Wings played their two best periods of hockey Saturday night against the Avalanche - and then just gave them back in the third period. Todd Bertuzzi played well for the first time this season. Chris Osgood wasn't very good in the third period, though. If he played better, that was a sure two points for the Red Wings.

- The Avs are an interesting team. Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly from last June's draft are getting more than 14 minutes per game and playing well. Kyle "Hey, Where's My Ring" Quincey has kind of been the Avs' version of Nicklas Lidstrom on the blue line (25 minutes per game). Don't know if the Avs will be able to keep it up for the long run, though. Just don't see Craig Anderson maintaining a .935 save percentage. He's been outstanding.

- My column in Mionday's Oakland Press about the Lions



Anonymous Michael C said...

Not much that interesting going on in Detroit sports right now.

Can we have a do-over on the Tigers last two weeks? :-(

And while I love the Lions, they sure are boring without Stafford and Calvin out there. Even in blowouts they keep things entertaining.

11:57 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have little faith in the Lions ability to adjust mid-season, when they haven't as yet shown the ability to make a successful half-time game plan adjustment.

12:09 PM 
Blogger Barry said...

Pat, I never understood the 20th pick. You would think the Lions would have grabbed a Tackle to help solidify the line and protect their 70 million investment. The move get even better because you could move Backus back to his natural position and a good tackle should even help out the running game.

12:10 PM 
Blogger Larry Baker said...

Hate to kick someone when they're down, but with the Lions that's pretty tough to avoid. My issue is Daunte. Is he really in better shape than last year. Is it odd that he pulled a muscle in the middle of the game? Can he throw the ball down field at all. He really seemed hapless.

12:40 PM 
Anonymous JeffH said...

Who knew the Titans would miss their defensive coordinator so much. That guy must be a genius. Wonder what he is doing now?

1:26 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Michael C,
I think it's a great time of the year, though, with the baseball postseason, college football, NHL, NBA starting soon. And I live the NFL overall.

5:27 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I don't blame you for feeling that way. The Lions have done little make their fans feel good about them.

5:30 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Larry Baker,
Good point about Culpepper. He lost weight. Did he keep it off.

5:35 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I think Pettigrew has a chance to be a good player, but a tight end taken there has be a bit more - especially given the Lions' defensive needs.

5:36 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

That game was just unreal. Schwartx may have gotten out of their just in time.

5:38 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pat, dont you think we are still suffering from last years b.s. how does a team go 16-0 and stanton nevers sees the field? we should have played him as much possible and maybe he would be ready to play now. We have a second round pick just rotting on the bench what is the worst that could happen the team turns into a laughing stock

11:33 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Personally, I think they should play Culpepper if Stafford is hurt. They need to win some games. Culpepper, I think, gives the Lions a better chance to win than Stanton. But I understand you're point. I think the Lions have already made the determination Stanton isn't going be their QB of the future.

11:47 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are seeing the fruits of the Millan era .. no defensive draft picks ... but things will pick up .. a lot of young kids and a decent linebacking crew.

However, it's going to be a long road back. Need some experienced defensive backs.

How can a susposed good analyst like Millan be so studip and have the upper echelon buy into his stupidity?

12:30 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

There is no question Millen drafted incredibly poorly, especially on the defensive side of the ball. William Clay Ford, no doubt, blundered in not only hiring Millen, but keeping him on for so long.

1:01 PM 

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