Detroit vs Carolina: Game Grades

Well, the positives; James Stewart looked good in the first half, and the Offensive Line opened some holes for him. That's about it. The Offensive Line fell apart as the game went on and couldn't pass block if their lives depended on it. Neither Quarterback could do anything to help move the offense.

OFFENSE:

Well, the positives; James Stewart looked good in the first half, and the Offensive Line opened some holes for him. That's about it. The Offensive Line fell apart as the game went on and couldn't pass block if their lives depended on it. Neither Quarterback could do anything to help move the offense. The Wide Receivers were rarely open, and when they were, they either dropped the ball or the ball was a good ten feet behind them. Words cannot even explain how bad this offense was.

GRADE: F

DEFENSE:

Another stellar performance from the defense that will carry the team this season. For all of Robert Porcher's and Luther Elliss's accolades, they have got to be two of biggest game-time flops in the league. Way too much hype, way too little production. The only Defensive Lineman worth noting is Shaun Rogers, and he's not even playing as well as he was last season. The Linebackers were possibly the strongest unit of the day, not saying much though. And Rodney Peete threw for 300 yards, no Pop Warner secondary should allow that, let alone an NFL team. At least Todd Lyght made an effort to tackle somebody.

GRADE: F

SPECIAL TEAMS:

John Jett did a solid job of punting, but again very little else looked good. Return man Desmond Howard has obviously lost a step, but his blockers sure didn't help him. The coverage units weren't good either. Jason Hanson has possibly the best job in the world. Most kickers have it pretty easy anyway, but Hanson doesn't even do much kicking. The Lions should seriously look into trading him. I can guarantee we can pick up someone off the street that can kickoff once or twice a game and put a couple extra points through the uprights if the need arises.

GRADE: D+

COACHING:

For the second straight week, this team looked sorely unprepared. The talent on this team is obviously inhibiting the ability of the coaches to produce a winner, but this is just beyond unacceptable. No single unit is pulling its own weight, the team is an embarrassment to Lions' teams of all time (and that's saying something considering the Lions' past). Carl Mauck could possibly be the worst Offensive Line coach in the league, how else can someone explain Jeff Backus' demise into a below average Left Tackle and the lack of development in Dominic Raiola (who is still extremely rough around the edges) and Stockar McDougle. If the Lions are embarrassed again next week at the official opening of Ford Field, Mornhinweg could be on his way out.

GRADE: F


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