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Detroit Lions’ GM Bob Quinn proves he’s focused on WINNING a Super Bowl

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When the 2017 NFL season was finally in the books and the offseason was upon us, one of the biggest questions was whether or not the Detroit Lions and Golden Tate would come to an agreement on a contract extension.

Well, that time passed without the two sides reaching an agreement and the 2018 season began. Then As the Oct. 30 NFL trade deadline approached, the Tate trade rumors started to swirl around and I started getting nervous.

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Avoid the big mistake

You see, extending (or re-signing) Tate is a move I have been firmly against from Day 1. So, when rumors started flying that Tate could end up being traded, I got a bit excited. Even if we were only able to get back a fourth-round pick, I would have been excited, mostly because it meant Lions GM Bob Quinn was not willing to waste a ton of cash on a receiver who will be 31 for the 2019 season. After all, extending an “older” receiver who is likely going to demand a 3-4 year deal worth $12 million + per season would have been a big mistake that could end up crippling the Lions down the road.

As the deadline got closer and closer, I came to the conclusion in my head that the Lions were going to hold on to Tate for the rest of the season, at least. My fear then was if Quinn would be dumb enough to pay Tate what he was sure to demand if he decided to test the waters in free agency.

In fact, I even jumped on the Detroit Sports Nation Twitter account, which I rarely do and tweeted out my thoughts on the chances of Tate being traded.

As we know, that tweet did not age well and plenty of people were kind enough to point that out to us!

Done Deal!

With just a couple of hours remaining before the NFL trade deadline, I hopped on Twitter at the exact moment that Tate tweeted out the following message.

As you can probably imagine, I nearly jumped out of my chair with excitement! But before celebrating I quickly wrote up a piece and published it so Lions fans could be made aware of the trade.

Then I started to browse social media for reactions and I was shocked to see how many people actually were hating on the Lions for trading Tate for a third-round pick.

Even some of the local beat writers, who should understand what this is about, were claiming that this move was a symbol of waiving a white flag on the remainder of the season! One writer, who will not be named, even referred to this move as “throwing this season in the trash.”

I am here to tell you that those writers (and fans who agree) could not be more wrong.

Super Bowl or Bust

NEWS FLASH…. THE 2018 DETROIT LIONS, WITH OR WITHOUT GOLDEN TATE, ARE NOT A SUPER BOWL CONTENDER AND THEY ARE NOT CLOSE!!!

“But this trade will lose the locker room!”

That is a load of garbage!

Sure, it is sad to see Tate leave. He was not only a team leader on the field, but he was even a bigger leader off of the field.

But this is a business and EVERY player in the Lions locker room knows that. They understand why Tate was traded and they certainly will not be quitting on this season because of it.

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I will not lie, I have not been a big fan of Bob Quinn’s GM skills up to this point. I have disagreed with many of the moves he has made (or not made) up to this point, but trading Tate was 100% the right decision.

By making this trade, coupled with the trade last week for Damon “Snacks” Harrison, Quinn has proven to me that he does not care about just winning the NFC North or a playoff game, he has a bigger goal.

WINNING A SUPER BOWL!!!

If you are a fan (or beat writer)(or blog writer) who is satisfied with winning a bad NFC North division, that is your choice. But for those of you who will never truly be happy until the Lions hoist the Lombardi Trophy, this is a trade for you to applaud.

By the looks of it, the majority of you are on the same page as me! For the 32% of you who disagree with the trade, what is it that you enjoy about being mediocre?

GO LIONS!!!

 

 

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Detroit Lions ‘All-Local’ 2019 NFL Mock Draft

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This coming Thursday, the 2019 NFL Draft will officially begin.

Over the past few months, if you are anything like me, you have read literally hundreds upon hundreds of Detroit Lions’ mock drafts.

So, I figured it would be fun to think outside the box (but inside the state) to come up with what an ‘All-local’ Lions draft could look like.

Check it out.

Round 1 – Devin Bush Jr. (LB) Michigan or Rashan Gary (DL) Michigan

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Round 2 – Justin Layne (CB) Michigan State or David Long (CB) Michigan

Round 3 – Sean Bunting (CB) Central Michigan or Chase Winovich (DL) Michigan

Round 4 – Maxx Crosby (Edge) Eastern Michigan

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Round 5 – Khari Willis (S) Michigan State

Round 6 – Xavier Crawford (CB) Central Michigan

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Round 6 – Karan Higdon (RB) Michigan

Round 7 – Zach Gentry (TE) Michigan

Round 7 – LJ Scott (RB) Michigan State

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Now, I know there is a .0000001% chance of this actually happening, but those players should be available when the Lions are on the clock in each round.

If you want to read my ‘Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL mock draft’ please click on the link below. It also includes a local player.

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

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JUST IN: Detroit Lions drop 2019 schedule hype video

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The 2019 NFL Draft is less than a week away and on Friday the team dropped a 2019 schedule hype video.

Check it out!

Nation, what will the Lions record be in 2019?

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REPORT: Detroit Lions meet with standout cornerback

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The NFL Draft will be here before we know it and the Detroit Lions are putting their final touches on their preparations.

According to a report from Matt Miller, the Lions have met with former Central Michigan standout CB, Sean Bunting.

Bunting, who is expected to be drafted on Day 2, had 104 tackles and nine interceptions in 35 career games with the Chippewas.

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Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

It has been a marathon but we are almost to the promised land which is the 2019 NFL Draft!

After hours and hours of research, all of the so-called “experts” will soon be unveiling their final mock draft of the season and none of them will end up being correct.

I, on the other hand, do not claim to be an expert. Instead, I am just a huge fan of the Detroit Lions who happens to believe to know what the Lions’ biggest needs are and which available prospects can fill those needs.

That being said, here is my final crack at what I believe the “perfect” Detroit Lions’ draft would look like.

*Remember, this is NOT what I think Lions’ GM Bob Quinn WILL do in the upcoming draft, it is what I think he SHOULD do.

Round 1, Pick 8

Ed Oliver (DL) Houston

I absolutely LOVE Ed Oliver if he is available when the Detroit Lions are on the clock with the No. 8 pick in the first round of the draft. Whether or not he will be available is the big question.

Oliver is an absolute beast and he could come in and make an immediate impact for a Lions defense that should be greatly improved in 2019.

From Dane Brugler (The Athletic):

STRENGTHS: Fluid body control to wriggle off blocks…excellent foot quickness and change of direction skills…shot out of a cannon with his first step…forces holding penalties due to his gap quickness…creates knockback with his speed-to-power skills…ball awareness to track through blocks…uses natural leverage to stay underneath the pads of blockers…better than expected play strength as a run defender…highly aggressive motor and effort never wanes, chasing down plays near the sidelines…dominated from the moment he stepped onto campus and leaves as a three-time All-American, collecting 54.0 tackles for loss over 33 career starts.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks desired frame and length…needs to continue and develop his body and stay in the 280-285 pound range (weighed 274 for most of his final season at Houston)…relied more on motor than brute power to overwhelm blockers in college…not a bull rusher…undeveloped approach with his hands…below- average counter measures once locked up…faced inferior competition in the AAC…several immature moments in college, including an on-field altercation with head coach Major Applewhite regarding a coat issue on the sideline — Oliver has a “young attitude” and has “growing up to do,” according to an NFL scout…missed five games as a junior with a right knee bruise (November 2018) and was limited at the combine with a strained hamstring (February 2019).

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Houston, Oliver was one of college football’s most disruptive players over the last three years, spending most of his time at nose tackle for the Cougars. With his football flexibility and natural biomechanics, he has rare athletic ability for the position with the backfield vision to recognize play designs and disrupt from different angles. Oliver still requires time to develop his body, mind and technique at the next level. He will struggle with long-armed blockers who get to his frame and control his chest, but his energy and motor are both elite. Overall, Oliver won’t be a natural fit for every NFL scheme, but he is an ideal one-gap penetrator due to his athleticism, instincts and relentless nature, projecting best when he is lined up closest to the football.

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