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Lions approval poll: Jim Caldwell (January 2015)

Do you approve of the job Jim Caldwell is doing as head coach of the Detroit Lions? Vote now. Jim Caldwell's first season as head coach of the Detroit Lions produced an 11-5 regular season and a controversial first-round exit in the playoffs. The Lions came up one win short of the NFC North title, but they did make it back to the postseason for the first time since the 2011 season. When we last evaluated Caldwell, the Lions had just wrapped up the regular season and were about to take on the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs. At the time, they were coming off of a loss to the Green Bay Packers...
Sean Yuille / Pride Of Detroit 10 hours ago

2014 POD Awards: Breakout Player of the Year

Which Detroit Lions player should be named the Breakout Player of the Year? Vote now as part of the 2014 POD Awards. Next up in the 2014 POD Awards is the category for the Detroit Lions' Breakout Player of the Year. Here are the nominees: RB Theo Riddick Riddick received a lot of hype from teammates in the offseason, and he delivered, at least as a receiver. He only rushed for 51 yards on 20 attempts, but he caught 34 passes for 316 yards and four touchdowns. His role was still pretty limited despite performing well when on the field, but Riddick made the most of his opportunities in the...
Pride Of Detroit 12 hours ago

2015 NFL Draft profile: Eric Rowe

Taking a closer look at one of the rising cornerback prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft: Eric Rowe. Last year, the Detroit Lions cycled through 12 different defensive backs (13 if you count Calvin Johnson for two plays). It seems like every year Lions fans and NFL Draft pundits are ruthlessly pounding the narrative of Detroit's secondary needs into our brains. This year is different, though. According to Football Outsiders, the Lions finished the season with the eighth-ranked passing defense in terms of efficiency (DVOA). Since 1989, there are just four instances where the Lions made the top...
Sean Yuille / Pride Of Detroit 14 hours ago

Lions notes: Special teams rankings, Calvin Johnson, more

Lions notes looks at special teams rankings for the 2014 season, Calvin Johnson and much more. The Detroit Lions came in 15th in Rick Gosselin's annual special teams rankings, which are based on 22 different categories. I'm honestly surprised they finished that high on the list considering how many missed field goals they had and considering how little their return units gave them in 2014. Joe Lombardi admitted that having a player like Calvin Johnson at his disposal meant there were "added layers of complexity" in creating game plans. Why? Because what you see from opponents on film...
Sean Yuille / Pride Of Detroit 17 hours ago

Wednesday Lions open thread

Chat about the latest Detroit Lions news. Tweets from @PrideOfDetroit/lions-coverage
Pride Of Detroit Jan 27, 2015

The best photos from the 2014 Detroit Lions season

As we look back on the 2014 Detroit Lions season, let's celebrate the best and worst moments captured in still frame. Buried by flat balls, KFC monstrosities and the unfortunate demise of Sky Mall last week was the sad news that Sports Illustrated decided to lay off their entire photography staff. Sports photography has always been a curiosity of mine, something born out of Sports Illustrated for Kids magazines and a massive baseball cards collection. While the firing of Sports Illustrated's photography staff may end up being completely unnoticeable, it still represents the death of...

A look back at our 2014 Lions predictions

How accurate were our 2014 predictions for the Detroit Lions? Let's take a look back at our picks from before the season. Before this past season began, Pride Of Detroit's writers put together various predictions for how things would play out in 2014. POD readers also made various predictions by voting in polls before the 2014 season kicked off, and below is a look back at how our picks from early September fared. Lions' record How we voted: 10-6 really ran away with this poll, taking home 33 percent of the vote. In reality: The Detroit Lions one-upped expectations from before the season...

Detroit Lions roster review: Defensive end

A look back at how the Detroit Lions' defensive ends performed in 2014. As part of our season wrap-up series, we are going to examine how each player on the roster performed in 2014. Next, let's take a look at the Detroit Lions' defensive ends. (Note: Stats are from regular-season games only.) Ziggy Ansah - 16 games (16 starts) | 49 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 3 FF Ansah's numbers didn't necessarily change all that much from 2013 to 2014, but he was a much better player in his second season in the NFL. Ansah's run defense improved quite a bit, and he made much more of consistent...

Lions notes: More from the Pro Bowl

Lions notes looks at various tidbits from the Pro Bowl, an update on some coaching news and much more. Matthew Stafford made some history on Sunday night at the Pro Bowl: Matthew Stafford's 316 passing yards tonight are 2nd most in #ProBowl history (Peyton Manning, 342, '04) pic.twitter.com/21t7mXmaGC — Detroit Lions (@Lions) January 26, 2015 Matthew Stafford became the 4th #Lions player to earn a #ProBowl player of the game honor: http://t.co/Y3doeMrz31 pic.twitter.com/WKitjuZJtu — Detroit Lions (@Lions) January 26, 2015 Golden Tate videobombed Stafford during an interview...

Lions players react to Matthew Stafford's Pro Bowl performance

Detroit Lions players were quite excited about Matthew Stafford's MVP performance in the Pro Bowl. Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford shined on Sunday night in his first career Pro Bowl. He threw for 316 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, and he helped lead Team Irvin to a 32-28 victory. Stafford's performance was recognized with him being named the game's Offensive MVP, and his Lions teammates took notice with several tweets about their quarterback. Take a look: That Man Has A Golden Arm Man. — Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) January 26, 2015 Big time players make BIG TIME...

Lions assistant Bobby Johnson hired by Raiders

The Detroit Lions' assistant offensive line coach has taken a job with the Oakland Raiders. The Detroit Lions are expected to retain defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, and they ensured that quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter will be back by blocking the Chicago Bears from interviewing him. There will be at least one change to the Lions' coaching staff in 2015, though, as assistant offensive line coach Bobby Johnson has been hired by the Oakland Raiders. Bobby Johnson's contract with the #Lions is set to expire, so he'll join the #Raiders as TEs coach. Offensive staff should be done...

2014 POD Awards: Rookie of the Year

Which Detroit Lions player should be named the Rookie of the Year? Vote now as part of the 2014 POD Awards. Next up in the 2014 POD Awards is the category for the Detroit Lions' Rookie of the Year. Here are the nominees: TE Eric Ebron Ebron, the Lions' first-round pick, played in 13 games in his rookie season and had 25 catches for 248 yards and one touchdown. That TD came in the Lions' 24-17 victory over the New York Jets. OT Cornelius Lucas Despite being an undrafted free agent, Lucas made the Lions' 53-man roster, and he actually appeared in 15 games for the team. What's more, he made...

Detroit Lions roster review: Center

A look back at how the Detroit Lions' centers performed in 2014. As part of our season wrap-up series, we are going to examine how each player on the roster performed in 2014. Next, let's take a look at the Detroit Lions' centers. (Note: Stats are from regular-season games only, and numbers for sacks, QB hits and QB hurries allowed are from Pro Football Focus.) Dominic Raiola - 15 games (15 starts) | Allowed 4 sacks, 2 QB hits, 17 QB hurries The Lions' decision to not re-sign Raiola should come as no surprise considering he finished the 2014 regular season with a -17.2 grade...
Pride Of Detroit Jan 26, 2015

2015 NFL mock draft: Projecting the entire first round

Our new 2015 NFL mock draft projects the entire first round and presents a scenario where the Detroit Lions go with an offensive lineman. Check it out. With the 2015 NFL Draft about three months away, I decided to do something I generally don't enjoy doing. And that was to create a first-round mock draft. Here goes nothing: Team Selection Position School Reason 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Marcus Mariota QB Oregon You need a quarterback to win in this league. Josh McCown and Mike Glennon aren't the type of QBs who are going to take over and win games for you. While Jameis Winston looks much...

Matthew Stafford named Pro Bowl Offensive MVP

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was named Offensive MVP of the 2015 Pro Bowl on Sunday night. When the 2015 Pro Bowl rosters were announced back in December, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford wasn't one of the selections. He was an alternate, however, and his number was eventually called with other quarterbacks pulling out of the game. Many believed that Stafford didn't deserve a spot in the 2015 Pro Bowl based on what he did in 2014, but he certainly made the most of his time in the game. Stafford went 15-for-25 and threw for 316 yards, two touchdowns and one...

2015 Pro Bowl open thread

In case anybody actually wants to watch the 2015 Pro Bowl, coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Visit SB Nation for more on the 2015 Pro Bowl.

Detroit Lions roster review: Offensive guard

A look back at how the Detroit Lions' offensive guards performed in 2014. As part of our season wrap-up series, we are going to examine how each player on the roster performed in 2014. Next, let's take a look at the Detroit Lions' offensive guards. (Note: Stats are from regular-season games only, and numbers for sacks, QB hits and QB hurries allowed are from Pro Football Focus.) Rob Sims - 16 games (16 starts) | Allowed 5 sacks, 6 QB hits, 22 QB hurries After having a down year in 2013, Sims got off to a rough start in 2014. For the first 11 or so weeks, his play was quite...

2015 Senior Bowl open thread

Chat about the 2015 Senior Bowl, which kicks off at 4 p.m. ET on NFL Network. Go here for more on the 2015 Senior Bowl, and go here to find the rosters for the game.

Lions notes: Ndamukong Suh, Senior Bowl, more

In today's Lions notes: Ndamukong Suh, an update from the Senior Bowl and much more. This actually sounds pretty reasonable: Talking to a veteran cap guy today, he thinks Ndamukong Suh's contract will come in around $15M to $16M per year. — Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) January 20, 2015 For comparison, J.J. Watt's six-year deal averages $16.7 million per year. $16 million a year might seem like a lot for a defensive tackle in Ndamukong Suh's case, but given the impact he has on the Detroit Lions defense, I think he's worth it. Speaking of Suh, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle...

Detroit Lions roster review: Offensive tackle

A look back at how the Detroit Lions' offensive tackles performed in 2014. As part of our season wrap-up series, we are going to examine how each player on the roster performed in 2014. Next, let's take a look at the Detroit Lions' offensive tackles. (Note: Stats are from regular-season games only, and numbers for sacks, QB hits and QB hurries allowed are from Pro Football Focus.) Riley Reiff - 15 games (15 starts) | Allowed 2 sacks, 5 QB hits, 27 QB hurries Reiff had by far the best season of any Lions offensive tackle for two main reasons. For starters, he made 15 starts...

Lions Player News

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    Ndamukong Suh

    Players and coaches agree: Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh is worth $100 million

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    Matthew Stafford

    Kurt Warner, one of Matthew Stafford's harshest critics, says Detroit Lions QB starting to mature

  • 1 Darius Slay

    Darius Slay

    Browns CB Joe Haden: Detroit Lions' Darius Slay is 'a baller'

  • 1 Matt Prater

    Matt Prater

    Havard 'Kickalicious' Rugland back with trick-kick video sequel

  • Calvin Johnson

    Calvin Johnson

    Lions notes: Special teams rankings, Calvin Johnson, more

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