Detroit Lions' Fans Are Likely Stuck with Stefan Logan & More NFC North News

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 14: Stefan Logan #11 of the Detroit Lions returns a punt for 48 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles during the game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 14, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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You ever work with a person who wasn't very good at their job and yet somehow, some way they kept it? Have you ever looked at a boss and wondered what that guy had over your boss?

Plenty of Lions fans might feel a similar emotion looking at Stefan Logan after he fumbled two punt returns Monday night in the loss to the Chicago Bears.'s Justin Rodgers says that despite the continued errors, Logan still has the confidence of coach Jim Schwartz.

Schwartz did go on to say that Logan needs to make better decisions, avoid allowing his aggression to get the better of him.

Logan has had issues, as well as amazing moments. Schwartz pointed to a 48-yard return the previous week against the Philadelphia Eagles, though as Rogers points out, Logan coughed the ball up in overtime and was lucky to recover his own fumble.

Isn't that a fine allegory for the special teams unit?

They have had great moments but all too often make a mistake which hurts as much as the bigger plays help.

Logan unquestionably has issues but again, so does the whole unit. And while Ryan Broyles and Titus Young can return kicks/punts, Young has been hurt and Broyles is coming off a serious injury.

With Nate Burleson out for the season, the Lions can't risk their young receivers. There isn't really a lot else to pull from as the secondary—another popular spot for returners—has injury issues as well.

So as much as he is driving fans nuts, I hate to say it but Logan may be the only real likely option the rest of the season.

On to the rest of the NFC North.


Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler foresees no issues with his ribs against the Carolina, and Micheal Wright of reports that on The Jay Cutler Show Tuesday the Bears quarterback said "Ill be good to go by Thursday." 

Brandon Marshall is adamant that Suh's hit on Cutler was a dirty hit, according to Sean Jensen of the Sun-Times.

Dan Pompei of The Tribune says that while the Bears were without Alshon Jeffery, they still attacked a depleted Lions secondary with three-receiver sets.


Detroit Lions's Anwar Richardson says the Lions need to start strong on offense against the Seattle Seahawks.

Over at the Free Press, Drew Sharp says the Lions need to create a scheme that plays to Matt Stafford's strengths.

Knee-jerk and panicky reactions are a mistake right now, according to The Detroit News' Chris McCosky.


Green Bay Packers

Someone alert GI Joe—'s Zach Kruse says the Cobra Formation is paying off big time for the Packers and Randall Cobb.

The Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn gives us an early scouting report on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Press-Gazette's Pete Dougherty says that a deep roster will help get the Packers through Charles Woodson's injury.


Minnesota Vikings

Last year the Vikings choked away a 17-0 halftime lead against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2, but they aren't worried about a repeat says Judd Zulgad of 1500 ESPN.

Ben Goessling of the Pioneer Press says that while Christian Ponder is going through a rough patch, overall he is progressing very well.

Jim Souhan says in his column at the Star-Tribune that the early success of the Vikings in 2012 is due in no small part to excellent drafting.


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