Detroit Lions Know Haters Are Gonna Hate and Other NFC North News
Ah, anonymous sources. Do you love them as much as I do?
We know the Lions do, right Dominic Raiola?
"If they had any balls, they'd say who they were," Raiola said. "That's a coward statement to me."
Maybe not so much.
The overall sentiment Justin Rogers of MLive.com got from players as well as head coach Jim Schwartz was that they don't care.
However, while only Raiola said so publicly, it has to make the Lions angry.
I said on the radio today that the fact that some anonymous general manager is saying something means that, despite the 1-3 record, the Lions still scare some people.
The Lions still have a ton of weapons and still have a lot of talent. There is plenty of ballgame left for them to turn it around.
They are still dangerous.
Now they have a chip on their shoulder.
These are professionals, and while Raiola is right when he says in Rogers' article that they shouldn't need more motivation, this had to make them angry.
It's going to focus them and give them something to gather around as a team.
Grim though it has been, the season isn't over, and it can still be turned around. This will fuel them, whether they downplay it or not.
They're back to being underdogs.
So maybe, if they ever find out who the GM was, they should send him a thank you note.
This might help save the season.
Onto the rest of the NFC North.
Michael Wright of ESPN Chicago reports that offensive coordinator Mike Tice feels that while Gabe Carimi has done well, he still needs to cut down on his mistakes.
Bleacher Report's Matt Eurich talks about Corey Wooten and rookie Shea McClellin stepping up this year.
The Free Press' Dave Birkett says Jahvid Best's teammates feel he can have a big impact as soon as he gets back on the field.
Anwar Richardson of MLive.com says that the Lions have to stop the mistakes on special teams.
CheeseheadTV.com's Jayme Joers talks about what the team can do at running back now that Cedric Benson is down.
Bleacher Report's Zach Kruse breaks down James Jones' role with Greg Jennings hamstrung by a groin injury.
Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 says that the team will decide today (Wednesday) on a course of action for Jerome Simpson's back issue.
The Star Tribune's Mark Craig says that teams shouldn't be throwing the bubble screen as much as the Vikings, but when you have Percy Harvin, you can do a lot of things that defy convention.
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