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08:05 AM ET 08.27 | How much progress has Detroit made? [Nearly] eight months since the Lions were rudely expelled from the playoffs by the Saints and we're fretting over the same concerns. Through the draft and free agency, through a full offseason program and now through three-fourths of the exhibition season, the secondary is still in disarray. ... [Saturday] was grossly reminiscent, actually, of the late-season losses to Green Bay and New Orleans -- playing without Louis Delmas and Chris Houston, watching Alphonso Smith gamble and get beat, watching rookies (Bill Bentley and Jonte Green) and castoffs (Jacob Lacey, Justin Miller) scuffle. This isn't what anybody wanted to see on the so-called last true test heading into Week 1. And the uncertainty is only growing.

The Detroit News

Jim Schwartz, Icon Sports Jim Schwartz, Icon Sports
August 27, 2012  08:08 AM ET

Depends on which direction the jail is at.

August 27, 2012  08:44 AM ET

"watching Alphonso Smith gamble and get beat"

Hold the presses! The Lions playing undisciplined football? This is a startling development.

August 27, 2012  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Depends on which direction the jail is at.

what exactly was their off-season arrest numbers?

August 27, 2012  09:29 AM ET

Looks like it's going to be a busy season for Stafford and co. Even though arguments can be made about the D-line being above average, the secondary has holes like Swiss cheese meaning the Lions simply have to outscore every opponent if they are to keep winning football games.

August 27, 2012  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Looks like it's going to be a busy season for Stafford and co. Even though arguments can be made about the D-line being above average, the secondary has holes like Swiss cheese meaning the Lions simply have to outscore every opponent if they are to keep winning football games.

Yep... and with Best down for awhile, it looks like Stafford could set some passing records if he can stay healthy.


One massive "if".

August 27, 2012  10:07 AM ET

Welcome to the NFL: The Lions have had early picks in every round for years. A little success changes things and means they actually have to have scouts and front office personnel. Well, Golly Mudhead!

Picking in the number 23 slot in the NFL draft this year was their lowest first-round pick since 1992 !

Spin that around in your head for a bit.

August 27, 2012  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Yep... and with Best down for awhile, it looks like Stafford could set some passing records if he can stay healthy. One massive "if".

Yes. And it seems that as Stafford's health goes, so does the whole team. Plus they need a new coach.

August 27, 2012  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Yes. And it seems that as Stafford's health goes, so does the whole team. Plus they need a new coach.

and a battery of Lawyers on retainer !

August 27, 2012  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Well, Golly Mudhead!

(Don't wolf your food, son! Use your entrenching tool.)

Well, we know they can score in bunches, so they will probably still do well in the regular season. But not against the big scoring guns in the playoffs. Good point about the 1st round draft picks. Really makes you wonder.

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August 27, 2012  11:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Yes. And it seems that as Stafford's health goes, so does the whole team. Plus they need a new coach.

A new coach?????

August 27, 2012  11:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"watching Alphonso Smith gamble and get beat"

Stay out of Vegas, young buck.

August 27, 2012  12:33 PM ET

Damn they are competing with the JETS not good

August 27, 2012  12:33 PM ET

Sounds like the Detroit News is growing restless.

August 27, 2012  01:49 PM ET

Enjoy third place, Detroit. At least you're not going to finish last

August 27, 2012  01:53 PM ET

The Detroit New is as worthless ad boobs on a boar.Yepper Detroit cuts a fullback that can block to open lanes and keep Best that is damage goods.

August 27, 2012  04:32 PM ET

More gloom and doom from local writers...

August 27, 2012  04:34 PM ET

Woohoo! Can't wait for Cutler, Rodgers, and even Ponder to rack up fantasy points against these stiffs.

August 27, 2012  04:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

... the Lions simply have to outscore every opponent if they are to keep winning football games.

Doesn't every team have to do that?

 
August 27, 2012  05:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Doesn't every team have to do that?

It's an approach that the Lions are trying to duplicate of late.

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