Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thoughts after 1st quarter Lions, Patriots

- The Lions' offensive line was struggling to begin with, but without left tackle Riley Reiff  it is a disaster. In some ways, he is the Lions' most underrated player. We're seeing why today.
- Where was the rub routes and bubble screens to Golden Tate last week? Obviously, the Lions learned from some of their mistakes offensively last week. They need to think more along those lines from this point forward. They got away from those plays too early after their first drive, which netted a field goal.
- Maybe the Patriots' offense had been reading too many of its press clippings lately. A dumb penalty. An ill-advised play call in which they left Ndanukong Suh unblocked. A dropped pass by Rob Gronkowski. It took awhile for the Patriots' offense to get going, but once it did, it was very impressive. Tom Brady is not going to be stopped.
- The Lions need to find a way to possess the ball. The more the Patriots' offense is off the field, the better for the Lions.

My column. Loss to Maryland only validates Michigan's need to move on from Brady Hoke:


Anonymous Dan F said...

Could Stafford hold onto the ball any longer? Ridiculous.

1:44 PM 

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