Film Review: Examining 8 key plays from Lions’ gut-wrenching loss to Seattle

DET at SEA - Johnson's fumble at GL

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Most games in the NFL are decided by a handful of plays. Sometimes one play – or six inches as it was in the Detroit Lions’ 13-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks – is the difference between winning and losing. Continue reading

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Film Review: What’s wrong with Lions’ offense?

DET at MIN 3Q 1-10 Vikes disguise coverage

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Entering this season, there were high expectations for a Lions’ offense that was far too inconsistent last season.

Detroit’s priority in the off-season was to improve the offensive line and, by extension, the league’s 28th-ranked rushing attack, which averaged a paltry 3.6 yards-per-carry (29th). They traded for veteran guard/center Manny Ramirez, drafted guard Laken Tomlinson in the first round and added running back Ameer Abdullah in the second round. Continue reading

Film Review: Can Ngata fill crater-sized hole left by Suh?

Haloti Ngata warms up before preseason action on Sept. 3, 2015 at Ford Field in Detroit. (Photo Credit: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press).

Haloti Ngata, 2015 (Photo Credit: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press).

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The Detroit Lions wasted little time looking to fill the crater-sized hole left by star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who signed a record deal in free agency with the Miami Dolphins last March.

Just two days after Suh was set to leave the Lions, the team aggressively traded for Baltimore Ravens five-time All Pro and five-time Pro Bowler Haloti Ngata. Continue reading

2015 Wayne State Football Preview: Stingy Defense to anchor Warriors

2015 Wayne State Football Preview

This article appeared in the Free Press’ print edition Friday, August 28th, 2015. Page design by Freep’s ace sports designer, Ryan Ford.

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The bread and butter for Wayne State football under coach Paul Winters has been an unforgiving ground attack, coupled with a solid defense.

Flip-flop those two core tenets for 2015 because, this year, the Warriors will lean on a stingy defense. Continue reading

Film Study: DT Gabe Wright fits Lions’ gap-shooting scheme

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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With the departures of its starting defensive tackles and top backup, the Detroit Lions entered the NFL draft with a glaring need for depth along an interior line that was the team’s backbone just months earlier. The unit that had set the tone for the third-ranked defense in 2014 was suddenly a weakness and in serious need of reinforcements.

Though the Lions added a five-time All-Pro, albeit an aging one, in Haloti Ngata, and signed rotational player Tyrunn Walker, the desire to add talent in the trenches was still apparent. Continue reading