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Adrian Donofrio - LionsFans.com
Picture this: The team you've grown comfortable with over the course of a season or two has labeled you as expendable. You are no longer wanted by the team's management, and are looked at as a name, period.
Now, picture this: That same team is your next opponent.
Its like a shark that has sighted blood. The shark wants to make an impression with one decisive strike and make no mistake about it.
Impressions are hard to make, especially in the NFL. As the NFL and the Detroit Lions try to get their minds back on football in wake of America's tragedy, Ty Detmer is the player who fits into our scenarios. But is he stressing over playing sub-par with his former teammates watching? And how about showing that former management office a thing or two about smart trades?
"It'll be fun," Detmer says about the situation.
Apparently Detmer not only remembers the West Coast Offense, but the West Coast attitude: laidback and without cares.
"When Marty told me I was going to start," Detmer continues, "I was kind of glad I would have a game under my belt before I went to Cleveland, and maybe shake off some of the rust before I went back there. But I'm comfortable in that stadium, I've played a few games in it, and it's one of those situations every player wants to be a part of."
"You get a chance to go back and play against guys you've been through the last couple of years with."
No doubt Detmer circled this game on his calendar when he arrived with the Lions, maybe to chat with a few old friends, ask some former teammates how their children are doing. But obviously he didn't expect to be the starter, and now he has added pressure.
"I'm looking forward to it. There'll be some jitters just from not playing for a while. I know a lot of those guys; I'm sure there'll be a comment or two every time I get up. It'll be fun."
Hopefully Ty Detmer will hit his recievers with as much stride as he is taking the pressure of "returning home" this weekend.