Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Lions Trade Roy Williams to the Team that Already Has Roy Williams

The Millen Era is truly over this week. Just a couple weeks after being fired, the Lions actually pull off a deal that makes sense for them. No...I'm being serious.

Roy Williams (WR for the Lions) was traded to the Dallas Cowboys this week, a team that already has their own Roy Williams at Safety. The Lions could consider this not just a good trade, but an exceptional one. The Lions gave up Roy and a 7th round draft pick for 2010. In return, Dallas sent the Lions their 2009 1st, 3rd, and 6th rounders. Wow.

To put this in perspective. Roy is considered maybe a Top 20 WR at this point in his career. His production certainly says that he is closer to top 10, but in Detroit he wasn't really reaching his potential. WRs get traded once in a while and the last major WR trade to happen other than Randy Moss (4th rounder only) was Chris Chambers last year to the San Diego Chargers before the deadline. What did they give up? Their 2nd rounder, which was going to probably end up as a bottom 5 pick in the 1st. People thought that was too much then, but considering Dallas is America's team the haircuts seem to tell you that this isn't that bad for

Anyways, you have to give Mayhew credit as interim GM for picking up the phone and accepting this ridiculous offer. I won't give him too much credit for this. Dallas was in sort of panic mode going into the deadline. With Tony Romo going down with a broken pinky for a month they were looking to make a move to help aging vet (He's still the best IMO) Terrell Owens. Mayhew happened to be in the right place at the right time.

Let's give him a bit of credit though. It has been rumored for years that Dallas owner, Jerry Jones has wanted Roy, and that he has tried to pry him from Millen several times. Millen was supposedly asking a bit too much, or was afraid to pull the trigger. None of this can be confirmed of course, but with Millen's record you can probably take it as a reliable assertion.

So...Mayhew made about the best move the Lions have pulled off in years. He showed he is trying to keep that job and probably some amazing health insurance. Let's hope that Ford Sr. isn't ready to give it to him though. We still want a real GM, President, and Coach. After all, this guy did spend a considerable amount of time working for Matt Millen. It had to rub off somehow.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Detroit Lions Get Robbed by Referees Against Minnesota

For once Lions fans got to see a defense that actually cared about winning a game. They had more sacks than the rest of the season combined (4 through 4 games), and they caused more turnovers in all 4 of those games combined (1).

The week the Curse of Bobby Lane came to pass the Lions showed up for the first time this season, and the Lions got screwed instead of actually screwing themselves. Maybe a new curse has started?

So how did it happen? The Lions got hosed 3 times in the game. The first time was about a 50 yard pass to Calvin Johnson that they did not call pass interference on when it was a clear and easy call to make. Would have put the Lions on the 1 yard line with a chance to increase their lead. They had to punt and Minnesota scored their only TD on the following drive.

The next one was a ruled fumble on a Calvin Johnson catch that was clearly not a fumble. To make matters worse, they even reviewed the play and the zebras STILL ruled it was a fumble against all logic. The Lions were in FG range at the time.

The final straw was the final drive of the game with Minnesota losign 10-9. A long pass down the sidelines was overthrown, no contact whatsoever from Bodden on the coverage and what happens? You guessed it...a pass interference call that put the Vikings within FG range. All this happening when the Vikings should ahve been deep in their own territory with a 3rd and 20 coming.

I guess that you can take it as a moral victory because the Lions won that game every way except the scoreboard. They covered the Vegas lines at least if you happened to be out on one of your Vegas vacations, but that is a small consolation to Lions fans.

0-5 and still leading the way to the #1 pick. I guess that is what we want anyways, but if the defense keeps playing like that we may actually win a couple games.