I also agree with your comment FESS regarding the coach. Previously it was like the coach would speak and the players would just stare right through him. Schwartz starts his days with a workout and in his office he often loudly rocks out to the likes of ACDC, Motley Crue, Metallica, etc. which I thought is cool. It took him very little time to gain their respect. The same goes with Matthew and I'm sure many might not believe it since he hasn't put together a full season. What he did though last year vs. the Browns galvanized that kid's place in that huddle as the undisputed leader of that. Dominic Raiola(center), gets defensive as hell and pissed off when people pile on Stafford in the press or even the fans. He sees how hard the kid practices, sees his talent and also how badly it kills him not to play. When he got hurt the 2nd time this year the Lions extended some flexibility Matthew's way. By that I mean that they made some functions, meetings, team travels, not mandatory to Matthew. He would have NONE of that and declined all exemptions. On Tuesdays, generally the league-wide day off in the NFL, Matthew would spend the majority of those days in Allen Park getting treatment. He's never been a loser and at no level had he ever been hurt. Once again, another good 'character' guy. I know that character doesn't score 6 points which of course is why the kid is here. He's getting through this and his role as the leader of the team couldn't be any more solid. That's pretty remarkable and speaks volumes considering how much time he has spent on the shelf. When he gets himself 'right' and plugs back into the offense, it's going to be quite a show.
Beware the bandwagon Lions fans. Remember the 2008 season? SI was all over them - Peter King even picked them to win the division.
Steelers must not have read Peter King that year.
You could not be more right, Andy. Best is going to at his best when used in a Reggie Bush-type role. We need a 20+ carries-per-game back. Maurice Morris was serviceable, but he cannot stay healthy, either.Same goes for Jahvid Best, he could be a superstar if he stays healthy, but that's a big if. I would bring in a Thomas Jones-type workhorse and limit Best's touches to 15-17/game.
Take it easy. And if it's easy, take it twice.
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