9:20 AM EST, Wed January 27, 2021
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Free agent profile: Should the Lions re-sign Jamal Agnew?

Free agent profile: Should the Lions re-sign Jamal Agnew?

Photo by Rey Del Rio/ While Agnew struggled as a receiver, his special teams value remains very high. The Detroit Lions and their newly-structured front office will face a lot of easy decisions this offseason. There are a lot of players with bloated contracts that Detroit will likely dispose of in the name of creating some cap space and overturning a roster that just isn’t where it needs to be. However, not every decision will be black and white. There are some players that undeniably have talent, but they may have minor roles or were used improperly by the previous...
2 hours ago
Open thread: Can the Lions compete in 2021?

Open thread: Can the Lions compete in 2021?

Photo by Chris Trotman/ The tides are turning in the Moto City. I’m going to start by acknowledging how obscene this question is. It is way too early and way too pointless for me to be asking such a thing, but alas, the Kool Aid always flows. Things are changing rapidly in the Motor City. Question of the day: Can the Lions compete in 2021? It all depends on how you define compete. Compete for a Super Bowl? You’re out of your mind. Compete for the playoffs? It still depends on how you define compete—if a 3-6 record is still 2 games out of a wild card spot, then...
15 hours ago
Detroit Lions expected to hire Dave Fipp as special teams coordinator

Detroit Lions expected to hire Dave Fipp as special teams coordinator

Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via The Lions have all three coordinators selected. As first reported by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press and later corroborated by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Detroit Lions will be hiring Dave Fipp as their next special teams coordinator. The Philadelphia Eagles, who had employed Fipp as their special teams coordinator for the past eight seasons, had originally denied the Lions’ request to interview Fipp, but with Philly dealing with a regime change of their own, it appears they are letting Fipp go, and Detroit is...
17 hours ago
Former Lions RB coach Kyle Caskey holding charity drive for Detroit youth

Former Lions RB coach Kyle Caskey holding charity drive for Detroit youth

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports Before they depart from the Lions organization, the Caskey family wants to give back to the local community. With the expected hire of Duce Staley as the Detroit Lions’ next running backs coach/assistant head coach, that means that Kyle Caskey, the team’s running backs coach in 2020, is not being retained. Though his time as a Detroit Lions coach is coming to an end, Caskey is continuing to support the Detroit area through his Caskey Family Foundation charity. Caskey told Pride of Detroit this week that his foundation is prepared...
22 hours ago
Mel Kiper Jr. sends a QB to the Lions in his first 2021 mock

Mel Kiper Jr. sends a QB to the Lions in his first 2021 mock

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ The first of many mock drafts sending a QB to the Lions. Get ready for all of the 2021 NFL mock drafts to converge on one solution for the Detroit Lions. With Matthew Stafford firmly on the trade block and the Lions currently holding the seventh overall pick, it’s officially quarterback season in Detroit. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. kicked things off this week with his first mock draft of the season. So the questions isn’t if he slotted a quarterback to the Lions, butt which one? The answer: Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. “He had an...
Jan 26, 2021
Matthew Stafford trade primer: Most likely destinations, trade value, cap implications

Matthew Stafford trade primer: Most likely destinations, trade value, cap implications

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Salary cap expert Brad Spielberger breaks down the Stafford trade from every relevant angle. At this point, the Matthew Stafford trade speculation is off the rails. Sports writers for at least half of the teams in the NFL have already published their “Should the _____ trade for Matthew Stafford” articles, leading to exaggerated deals and pie-in-the-sky fantasies both for Lions fans and fans of teams hungry for a franchise quarterback. To help bring us back down to reality, I wanted to get an outsider’s perspective of this trade...
Jan 26, 2021
How much is Matthew Stafford worth on the NFL market?

How much is Matthew Stafford worth on the NFL market?

Photo by Nic Antaya/ Plus, recapping a busy week of coaching and front office hires by the Detroit Lions Whole years of history can happen in weeks, and for the Detroit Lions it definitely feels that way right now. In just minutes after the news of Anthony Lynn’s decision to join the Detroit coaching staff, news then broke of Matthew Stafford wanting out to another team. It’s all very confusing, and that’s not the half of what went down over the weekend. On the latest episode of our Pride Of Detroit PODcast, we try to wrap it all up, package it nicely, deliver...
Jan 26, 2021
The Lions need to get into the Deshaun Watson conversation

The Lions need to get into the Deshaun Watson conversation

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports Watson would be the best move the team can make. Here we are, Lions fans. Matthew Stafford is leaving the team. It’s something that I’m sure a lot of fans hoped they’d never have to deal with. But, nevertheless, the dealing must start. Speaking of dealing, the Lions are going to have a ton of options as to where they can send Matthew Stafford. I’ve long said that half the league would chop of one of their legs to have Stafford. Now it seems the leg chopping will begin. But the Lions should also consider chopping off a leg...
Jan 26, 2021
POLL: What has been the Detroit Lions’ best hire thus far?

POLL: What has been the Detroit Lions’ best hire thus far?

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The Lions are building an impressive staff. Here’s our favorite choice thus far. Prior to the Matthew Stafford news-bomb over the weekend, Detroit Lions fans were beginning to get hyped for the staff they were amassing. Brad Holmes was considered a well-respected up-and-comer, Dan Campbell was a calculated risk, and both nailed their introductory press conferences. But where the Lions really appeared to shine is their supplementary hires. Both Holmes and Campbell are surrounding themselves with not just experienced hires, but impressive...
Jan 25, 2021
Report: Lions hiring Aubrey Pleasant as DBs coach/pass game coordinator

Report: Lions hiring Aubrey Pleasant as DBs coach/pass game coordinator

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Another cornerbacks guru is joining Detroit’s staff. The Detroit Lions are making another highly-praised hire to their coaching staff. According to NFL Network’s Steve Wyche, the Lions are hiring Rams cornerbacks coach Aubrey Pleasant to be the team’s next secondary coach and pass game coordinator. Pleasant is a local, having grown up in Flint, and he even started his football coaching career as a defensive backs coach for Grand Blanc High School. From there, he spent a couple years at the University of Michigan, before breaking into...
Jan 25, 2021
Notes: Media speculates Matthew Stafford’s potential landing spots

Notes: Media speculates Matthew Stafford’s potential landing spots

Photo by Nic Antaya/ Where could No. 9 end up? Now that news of Matthew Stafford’s likely departure has sunk in, the lists of potential landing spots have arrived. There are many questions to be answered and these analysts have taken a look at the teams who could end up as suitors for No. 9. Let’s take a look. The Detroit Free Press’ Dave Birkett: “Stafford will be on the move this offseason, so long as the Detroit Lions can get a fair return in a trade. And given the number of potential suitors — playoff-caliber teams who need a quarterback and are of the...
Jan 25, 2021
Report: Retaining Darrell Bevell might have convinced Stafford to stay in Detroit

Report: Retaining Darrell Bevell might have convinced Stafford to stay in Detroit

Photo by Rey Del Rio/ Could the Lions have retained the service of their quarterback? Not likely, but the possibility is there. With the ground being excoriated over the loss of Detroit icon Matthew Stafford, most fans are looking towards the future, wondering what a ransom for the quarterback could bring to the Detroit Lions. Many are recording fond memories, mourning in their own ways. But was there a chance Stafford could have been retained? According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the possibility might have actually been real: From NFL Now: Had the #Lions kept OC...
Jan 25, 2021
Report: Lions hiring Duce Staley as RB coach/assistant head coach

Report: Lions hiring Duce Staley as RB coach/assistant head coach

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports The Lions’ offensive staff is starting to come together. As first reported by CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora and later confirmed by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Detroit Lions are adding former NFL running back Duce Staley to their coaching staff. Per Pelissero, Staley will be the team’s running backs coach and the team’s assistant head coach. Staley was the longest-tenured coach with the Philadelphia Eagles, serving the exact same two roles with their franchise. But after 10 years, Staley wanted out given the changes...
Jan 25, 2021
Matthew Stafford’s wife, Kelly, addresses future in Detroit

Matthew Stafford’s wife, Kelly, addresses future in Detroit

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports Kelly appeared to give a pre-goodbye on Instagram Monday morning. On Monday morning, Kelly Stafford, wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford addressed the news that hit over the weekend. Matthew has requested a trade from the Lions, not wanting to go through another rebuild, and the Lions—with their entirely rebuilt front office—are willing to honor that request. Kelly went to Instagram and clearly acknowledged that the reports are true, and gave a pre-goodbye to the city of Detroit, their home for the past 12 years. Here’s...
Jan 25, 2021
Aaron Rodgers speaks of ‘uncertain’ future but trade seems logistically impossible

Aaron Rodgers speaks of ‘uncertain’ future but trade seems logistically impossible

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel-USA TODAY NETWORK Aaron Rodgers trade rumors are about to blow up, but don’t buy into them. Just as the AFC Championship game was getting into full swing, news from the NFC Championship post-game press conferences started to overtake the sports world. Aaron Rodgers and the one-seeded Green Bay Packers had just been eliminated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and after Rodgers stepped down from his Zoom podium, this tweet sent shockwaves through the NFL. Aaron Rodgers sure sounded like a guy saying goodbye.— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde)...