Lions Bytes Blog: Best Quote

"Since there is no media access today after yesterday's open practice at Ford Field, I thought I would take the week's best quote, but before that, a couple of things." Lions' insider Mike Fowler briefly reviews Saturday's open practice in his latest blog before providing audio to his interview with linebacker Ernie Sims.

DATE POSTED: 8/5/2007

Since there is no media access today after yesterday's open practice at Ford Field, I thought I would take the week's best quote, but before that, a couple of things.

You've got to hand it to the Lions fans. Whoever said Lions fans aren't the best?

Forget about the "orange out" and the "walkout" or even Rob Parker's "Millen Man March", that was strictly out of frustration. How about the couple that got married and took their wedding photos at yesterday's open practice? That's love! For the Lions I mean!

How about Roy's great one handed tip-it-to-himself catch yesterday?

And Calvin showed some things in his first look, didn't he?

But the week's best quote belongs to linebacker Ernie Sims.

While Sims had a breakout rookie season, collecting 125 tackles to rank 13th in the league (fifth in the conference), none of his teammates even cracked the top 40 in the NFC. But that didn't stop Sims from being WAY too optimistic. [NOTE: This Audio link will expire after 24 hours due to new NFL policy on media]

While Sims was very productive, this is clearly a position the Lions need to upgrade, it's one of the key's to their success this season. Boss Bailey and Teddy Lehman (shoulder) must live up to their potential and both need to stay healthy. Without them, Detroit is extremely thin depth and production wise.

Fellow linebacker Anthony Cannon has shown flashes this training camp and Paris Lenon is slated to be the starter in the middle, this group hasn't demonstrated enough production to be anywhere near the best in their own division (Bears), let alone the conference or the league.

Sims, indeed, appears ready to take a step towards becoming a pro-bowl type LB this season, but the Lions are going to have to address the position early in the draft or free agency next season to become Jon Kitna's vision -- a 10 win team.

What do you think?

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