Friday, August 22, 2014

Thoughts after 1st quarter Jaguars, Lions Friday

- Reggie Bush is a 29-year-old running back, but still has outstanding speed. It was very impressive how he pulled away from the Jacksonville secondary on his 86-yard TD run. Equally as impressive was the hole the Lions' offensive line created on the play. There was a time, not long ago, when the Lions' offensive line's run blocking was decidedly mediocre. Not any more. It is actually very good.
- It didn't take long for the Lions to get Nick Fairley on the field. Considering he has taken his demotion the right way, working hard rather than pouting, it would be surprising if he isn't starting Week 1 vs. the Giants on Monday Night Football. Talent-wise, he obviously belongs on the field as much as possible.
- Matthew Stafford started slowly tonight, and it does mean something. His interception came off a disguised coverage (on a zone blitz). That's where his turnover issues have come in the past. He just has to be more consistent with his reads if the Lions are going to get the most out of their considerable talent offensively.
- I've never been much for the zone blitz (where defensive lineman drop in coverage, essentially switching places with linebackers and defensive backs), but you must give the Jags' Andre Branch credit. Those were very impressive ball skills for a player technically a defensive lineman.


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