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Pride Of Detroit Jan 16, 2018
Detroit Lions 2017 roster review: Did Tahir Whitehead do enough to earn a new contract?

Detroit Lions 2017 roster review: Did Tahir Whitehead do enough to earn a new contract?

Tahir Whitehead’s future will be one of the tougher decisions for the Lions this offseason. It’s the offseason for 28 of 32 teams, and one of those teams happens to be the Detroit Lions. In an effort to get you ready for free agency—which is now less than two months away—we’re going to review the Lions’ roster player-by-player. We’ll start with the free agents in an effort to get an idea of what Detroit should do before those players hit the market. Then we’ll move onto the players under contract and see what their role may be going forward. Today we start with linebacker...
Pride Of Detroit Jan 15, 2018
Lions notes: Darius Slay, Jamal Agnew make Pro Football Writers of America’s All-NFC team

Lions notes: Darius Slay, Jamal Agnew make Pro Football Writers of America’s All-NFC team

More postseason honors for two of the best Lions on the roster. The Pro Football Writers of America released their All-NFL, All-NFC and All-AFC teams for the 2017 season. Jamal Agnew is the only Detroit Lions representative to make the All-NFL team, designated as the team’s punt returner. Agnew and Darius Slay made the All-NFC team. View the entire roster for each team here. However, Agnew was snubbed by Pro Football Talk’s “Special Teams Rookie of the Year,” and he certainly took notice: — Mal (@jamalagnew) January 14, 2018 We don’t like to compliment Chicago all that...
Pride Of Detroit Jan 15, 2018
Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks reportedly turned down Lions interview request

Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks reportedly turned down Lions interview request

This explains why Wilks was never brought in. The writing is on the wall. Unless something shockingly unexpected happens, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will become the Detroit Lions’ next head coach. But that still leaves some questions unanswered. Specifically, what happened with Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks? When the Lions first began their coaching search, a mere two weeks ago, Wilks was reportedly one of seven candidates. The Lions wasted no time in interviewing six of those candidates in their very first week. Detroit had to wait on...
Pride Of Detroit Jan 15, 2018
MathBomb Consensus 2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

MathBomb Consensus 2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

Tis the season, we’re going to take our first look at how the draft might play out without trades. Mock draft season is in full swing and boy are draft fans in for some serious volume. We here at Pride of Detroit have collected 400 mock drafts from May to January—that’s not a typo, we’ve seriously seen more than 400 of these bad boys. Unlike 2017 where we solely tracked Lions mock drafts, we’re covering these for all 32 NFL teams in 2018. I wouldn’t say the results are surprising. For the most part, you’re getting players you would expect to be mocked to their respective...
Pride Of Detroit Jan 15, 2018
Breaking down every one of Matt Patricia’s seasons as defensive coordinator

Breaking down every one of Matt Patricia’s seasons as defensive coordinator

A deep dive into Matt Patricia’s performance as defensive coordinator since 2012. It’s looking very likely that the Detroit Lions’ next head coach will be Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. While many Lions fans were hoping for this result, there remains a non-insignificant portion of fans that remain skeptical. Some of that comes from anxiety over the Patriots Tree that so rarely bears fruit. But others are concerned about Patricia’s work as defensive coordinator, convinced it’s not as good it seems. The Patriots may have ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense every...
Pride Of Detroit Jan 15, 2018
Lions players react to the unbelievable Vikings-Saints finish

Lions players react to the unbelievable Vikings-Saints finish

Here’s how Lions players reacted to the amazing finish in Minnesota. The finish to the NFC divisional game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints is a moment that won’t be soon forgotten. In the city of Minneapolis, it will never be forgotten. It is moment that Vikings fans will be able to cherish for the rest of their lives. But that was a hell of a moment for any sports fan. And there were plenty of Detroit Lions watching live that, too, were part of the moment. NFL players are also NFL fans, and no one could hold in their excitement/disbelief/amazement or whatever...
Pride Of Detroit Jan 15, 2018
Monday open thread: What is your favorite sports play of all time?

Monday open thread: What is your favorite sports play of all time?

Sports created an iconic moment in history on Sunday night. What’s your favorite? It’s 10:30 p.m. PT on Sunday night, and I’m still a little amped. It’s been well over five hours since the Minnesota Vikings shocked the New Orleans Saints with an unbelievable last-second touchdown. This is the kind of moment that makes you wonder how people get along without watching sports. It transcended NFC North rivalries. It was just an amazing sports moment that you felt lucky to be a part of, even if you had no rooting interest in the game. Of course, as Detroit Lions fans, you can’t help...
Pride Of Detroit Jan 14, 2018
Report: Detroit Lions tell other candidates they’re eliminated, team expected to hire Matt Patricia

Report: Detroit Lions tell other candidates they’re eliminated, team expected to hire Matt Patricia

This is just about as close to confirmation as you can get. It is now almost a certainty that Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will become the next head coach of the Detroit Lions. Early on Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Patricia “is likely to become” the next Lions coach. But with such passive language, some weren’t convinced. However, MMQB’s Albert Breer added another report on Sunday night to pretty much close the door on any more speculation: Per sources, Lions have informed other candidates they’ve been eliminated from the search, moving forward...
Pride Of Detroit Jan 14, 2018
VIDEO: Vikings pull off ‘Minneapolis Miracle’ to advance to NFC Championship

VIDEO: Vikings pull off ‘Minneapolis Miracle’ to advance to NFC Championship

Just in case you haven’t seen it yet... I know this is a Detroit Lions blog and I know the Minnesota Vikings are a division rival, but HOLY CRAP, DID YOU GUYS SEE THAT? Down one in the NFL Divisional Round to the New Orleans Saints with 25 seconds left, the Vikings were at their own 25-yard line with just one timeout left. They’d need a miracle just to get in field goal range. Here’s how it played out. First-and-10: False Start First-and-15: 19-yard pass. Timeout. 18 seconds left from their own 39. First-and-10: Incomplete. 14 seconds 2nd-and-10: Incomplete. 10...
Lions Gab Jan 14, 2018

Matt Patricia a Done Deal as Next Lions Coach Says Schefter

Matt Patricia has been the apple of the Lions eye when it comes to him being their next head coach, and today Adam Schefter said yet again it’s a done deal, and that Patricia will come aboard the moment that the season ends for New England. It’s been the plan all along for Patricia to […] The post Matt Patricia a Done Deal as Next Lions Coach Says Schefter appeared first on Lions Gab.
Pride Of Detroit Jan 14, 2018
NFC Divisional Round open thread: Saints at Vikings

NFC Divisional Round open thread: Saints at Vikings

Time to finish the Divisional Round. Congratulations to the Jacksonville Jaguars for upsetting the Pittsburgh Steelers and advancing to the AFC Championship for a date with the New England Patriots. Now it’s time for the NFC to crown its second conference finalist. The Minnesota Vikings host the New Orleans Saints in the final game of Divisional Round Weekend. Minnesota finished the regular season with an impressive 13-3 record and has only lost one game since dropping their Week 4 contest to the Detroit Lions. In fact, that was the last time they lost on home field, too. The Saints...
Pride Of Detroit Jan 14, 2018
Schefter: Matt Patricia is likely to become the next Detroit Lions head coach

Schefter: Matt Patricia is likely to become the next Detroit Lions head coach

This is the first big break in the story. After weeks of waiting, we finally have our first big update in the Detroit Lions head coaching search. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is expected to land in Detroit: Patriots’ defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is likely to become the Detroit Lions’ next head coach, league sources told ESPN. More on Sunday NFL Countdown.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 14, 2018 “Patricia and the Lions still need to agree to and work out the contract details after the Patriots’ season ends,”...
Pride Of Detroit Jan 14, 2018
Sunday open thread: Who do you think will be the next Detroit Lions head coach?

Sunday open thread: Who do you think will be the next Detroit Lions head coach?

After 2 weeks of waiting, who do you think is the favorite to land the job? In a day, the Detroit Lions 2018 head coaching search will enter its third week. We’ve learned a lot over the past 13 days, while also simultaneously learning nothing. It’s clear—as it was before the search even began—that Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is their favorite candidate to fill the job, but there are several roadblocks in Detroit’s way from making the hire. First, there’s the fact that they aren’t even allowed to come to an agreement with Patricia until after the Patriots are...
Pride Of Detroit Jan 13, 2018
2017 NFL Divisional playoff round: Kickoff time, TV schedule, online streaming for Falcons-Eagles, Titans-Patriots

2017 NFL Divisional playoff round: Kickoff time, TV schedule, online streaming for Falcons-Eagles, Titans-Patriots

A complete guide to the divisional round of the 2017 playoffs. The next round of the playoffs will get underway on Saturday, and for Detroit Lions fans, there are actually stakes in the results. While the team continues to hold in their coaching search—they haven’t interviewed a candidate now in over a week, a clear sign they want Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia (or Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur)—all they can do is wait for those candidates to become available. The Patriots and Vikings remain in the playoffs, and therefore their coordinators remain...
Pride Of Detroit Jan 13, 2018
2017 NFL Divisional Round playoff picks: Dear Titans, please end this misery

2017 NFL Divisional Round playoff picks: Dear Titans, please end this misery

The Tennessee Titans are Lions fans only hope to end this never-ending sense of anxiety once and for all. I don’t care how the Tennessee Titans do it. I don’t care if they run the football. I don’t care if they pass the football. I don’t care if they pass the football to themselves. Just end this sense overwhelming sense of dread and misery that’s known as a “head coaching search.” At first it was liberating. There were so many options for the Lions to choose from and their search knew no bounds. College coaches, coordinators, ex-head coaches, all of them were available to...
Pride Of Detroit Jan 13, 2018
Calvin Johnson says the Lions haven’t reached out to mend relationship

Calvin Johnson says the Lions haven’t reached out to mend relationship

Somehow this saga isn’t behind us yet. If you were hoping the Detroit Lions and Calvin Johnson would have put aside their differences and mended their relationship by now, then I am the bearer of bad news today. Johnson joined SiriusXM NFL Radio on Friday, and was very clear that the issues he had with the Lions remain unresolved, and Detroit has done little to repair the damage. Asked whether the Lions have reached out to try and mend those fences, Johnson said, “Ahh … no. They say they have, but no.” The dispute reportedly stems from the fact that when Johnson retired after the...
Pride Of Detroit Jan 12, 2018
Lions notes: Detroit reportedly loses another defensive coach to the Bengals

Lions notes: Detroit reportedly loses another defensive coach to the Bengals

Teryl Austin is bringing some reinforcements with him. The Detroit Lions already lost defensive coordinator Teryl Austin to the Cincinnati Bengals. It now appears he’ll be taking another Lions coach with him (this has yet to be confirmed by the team): The Lions have lost another assistant coach. Assistant DL coach Matt Raich is joining Teryl Austin's staff with the Cincinnati Bengals, per @1130WDFN— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) January 12, 2018 Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel believes that Matt Patricia should choose the Detroit Lions over the New York Giants. Speaking of Patricia,...
Pride Of Detroit Jan 12, 2018
Rumor: Only ‘cold feet’ could keep Matt Patricia from the Detroit Lions job

Rumor: Only ‘cold feet’ could keep Matt Patricia from the Detroit Lions job

One NFL insider believes the Lions are the heavy favorite to land Patricia. Well, it’s been a week since the Detroit Lions have interviewed a head coaching candidate, and with no news to report, we’re left to rely on more leaks and rumors to guide us during the dark. After a week of reports suggesting that Detroit’s No. 1 candidate—Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia—was slowly being pried from their grasp by the New York Giants, Pro Football Weekly brings optimism back to Detroit. According to Hub Arkush, the Lions are in a very good spot regarding Patricia (h/t to...
Pride Of Detroit Jan 12, 2018
Film review: The Lions have what it takes to block kicks

Film review: The Lions have what it takes to block kicks

Blocking placekicks involves hard work, determination, and careful preparation. It is not a matter of luck. 2017 was a very “special” season Although Detroit Lions fans may be justifiably disgruntled about the team stumbling in the playoff chase, special teams coordinator Joe Marciano’s kicking game units have been consistently marvelous. From improved performance on punt returns with rookie Jamal Agnew turning in a legitimate bid for a Pro Bowl return specialist selection to the legendary “Prater of Detroit,” special teams have gone to a whole new level in 2017. The specialists...
Pride Of Detroit Jan 12, 2018
Le’Veon Bell to the Lions? It’s not as crazy as you think

Le’Veon Bell to the Lions? It’s not as crazy as you think

Why Le’Veon Bell to the Lions is more realistic than you think. Okay, now that you’re in the article, calm down. I know what you’re thinking. This is crazy. A mega free agent coming to the Lions is unheard of and Mike needs to start taking his crazy pills again. But there’s a lot of realism here. Today we’re going to talk about it. First off, let me say that I’ve been riding this boxcar all by myself for a while now. Most Lions fans and the entire Pride Of Detroit staff think that I’m crazy. Literally, when I told our editor I was going to right this, he said “Go for it....

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