Detroit Lions Mid Term Report Card

The holiday season and dead of winter is never a good time to put your home on the market, but on the morning of December 29th the Lions coaching staff will gather in the team meeting room and receive the news from head coach Rod Marinelli that the club will pay for Senior Bowl and combine airfare and hotel, but your services are no longer needed.

TEAM: Detroit Lions

OFFENSE D-

DEFENSE F

SPEC. TEAMS D-

COACHING D

FRONT OFFICE F

SCOUTING D-

OVERALL F

STRENGTH WR,

WEAKNESS OG, DT, DC, DS

OFF. MVP Calvin Johnson

DEF. MVP Ernie Sims

TOP ROOKIE Jerome Felton

Comments: This club is an absolute train wreck in virtually every conceivable area of measurement. Offensively the club has one developing star in wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Kevin Smith has flashed and has a chance to develop into a more than serviceable back within this league, but for the most part the rest of the offense is made up of journeymen type performers. On the defensive side of the football only "Will backer" Ernie Sims has the type of skills to get you to the Promised Land.

Over the past half dozen year's the draft has yielded few players of consequence and is the primary reason this club is in its' current state. The firing of Matt Millen, one half of the very best college football tandem and possibly the worst GM in the history of professional football, earlier this year was long overdue. All that being said, I have a great deal of respect for head coach Rob Marinelli. He's a far better coach than his numbers over the past three seasons would indicate, but it my feeling in the end there will be a new sheriff in the motor city. The Packers' Reggie McKenzie, Giants Steve Verderosa or Titans Phil Neri would be my choices to turn this club around, but regardless of who is in control in 2009, it's going to take a very long time to right the past wrongs.

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