Don't worry Matt, I'd be upset too.
Take a look at the future of your franchise Lions fans, the kid needs help.
Most Lions fans are already talking about next years draft, and with a 2-8 team who will undoubtedly be picking in the top 5, why not?
However it may also be time to look at potential free agents because, lets be honest with ourselves here, there aren't enough draft picks to fix the dilemma in Detroit.
The following is a list of potential 2010 free agents that fit the needs of the Lions as well as brief explanations of their situation and how they could help.
I like Kevin Smith as an every down back. He's not explosive but he gets the job done.
However, I have not seen enough from Maurice Morris or Aaron Brown to warrant keeping them around next year. Before you get your panties in a bunch Aaron Brown fans, consider that he has trouble remembering which way to go on a screen pass. That is NOT a rookie mistake. That is a 5th grade pee wee football mistake.
With that being said there are plenty of Aaron Brown type backs hitting the market that have more experience both running the ball and returning kicks.
1) Leon Washington, NYJ- The Jets have both Thomas Jones and rookie Shonn Greene on the roster. Leon Washington's injury put him on the IR this year, and he may be a luxury the Jets are willing to let go.
2) Willie Parker, PIT- Rashard Mendenhall is the unquestioned starter now.
3) Cadillac Williams, TB- The Bucs signed Derrick Ward for a reason, but the Cadillac has been running well this year so they might just keep him.
4) Jerious Norwood, ATL- It seems every year the Falcons plan is to get him more carries, but he never does. Perhaps he'll find a home with a larger role in Detroit?
5) Chester Taylor, MIN- Do the Vikings really even need anyone but AP? Alas, Chester will probably be resigned for a nominal sum.
6) Jerome Harrison, CLE- Nobody likes playing for Eric Mangini, especially when Chris Jennings is taking carries from you.
7) Darren Sproles, SD- (Sigh) One can only dream.
Best bets- Jerious Norwood, Jerome Harrison
(Insert Matt Millen drafting a wide receiver joke here).
Dennis Northcutt probably dropped that pass. Stone hands up there has been dropping passes all season, as has Bryant Johnson.
I hate to say it, but the Detroit Lions need wide receiver help.
1) Lance Moore, NO- The Saints have so many weapons on offense that Moore might be expendable. Besides it's time to give Robert Meachem a heavier work load in that offense.
2) Jason Avant, PHI- He may not be the fastest player, but man can he catch. There's a chance the Eagles resign him simply because they don't have another possession receiver.
3) Kevin Walter, HOU- An injury has slowed his production this year. But it isn't so hard to believe that he could have the same numbers across from Calvin that he did last year across from Andre Johnson.
4) Davone Bess, MIA- Bess doesn't have the capability to be a #2, but would be a definite upgrade to Northcutt in the slot.
Best bets- Davone Bess, Lance Moore
Tight End is an area of need?
It could be. Both Casey Fitzsimmons and Will Heller are free agents. So just for the fun of it, lets explore who could replace them.
1) Matt Spaeth, PIT- Spaeth is an underrated TE playing behind Heath Miller in Pittsburgh. He is a tremendous blocker who could probably be had at a small price.
2) Brandon Manumaleuna, SD- Another underrated blocker playing behind a pro bowler.
3) Anthony Fasano, MIA- Fasano put up good numbers catching the ball during the Dolphins playoff run last year. He is currently being used as more of a blocker... Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams will tell you how that has turned out. I doubt they let him leave Miami.
Best bets- None of them are good bets to sign somewhere else really, but if I had to pick one it would be Manumaleuna.
Oh Jeff Backus, how we love to hate ye.
I think Backus is past his days as a serviceable LT, but he could be successful as a guard.
The bottom line is that the Lions need to address the entire left side of the line. I am of the personal belief that Russel Okung out of Oklahoma State will be the Lions first round pick, allowing Backus to move to guard.
But just in case I'm wrong...
1) Stephen Neal, NE- There are 3 big reasons he will be available. 1. The Pats have to worry about signing Vince Wilfork, 2. The Pats have to worry about signing Logan Mankins (the other starting guard who is better and younger), 3. They've drafted young offensive lineman recently. The question is: Will he want to play for a rebuilding Detroit team after winning 2 Super Bowls?
2) Deuce Lutui, ARI- Lutui isn't the best offensive guard, but he is a clear upgrade over Daniel Loper and Manny Ramirez.
3) Marcus McNeil, SD- I can't see a situation in which the Chargers let McNeil go. He is the definition of a serviceable LT, but if the Lions decide to go another direction in the draft he could be an option.
Best bet- Deuce Lutui
A sack is a rare sight for the Detroit Lions defense, especially coming from the defensive line.
After watching the Packers game on Thanksgiving it is very clear that the Lions need to find someone to boost the pass rush coming from the Lions front 4.
1) Javon Kearse, TEN- Kearse is definitely past his prime, but he could rediscover some of the magic he had at Tennessee with Schwartz as his defensive coordinator. He would probably only be a situational pass rusher.
2) Kyle Vanden Bosch, TEN- Another one of Schwartz's pupils, Vanden Bosch would be a huge boost to this team. Maybe Schwartz can lure him to Detroit?
3) Aaron Kampman, GB- I would do terrible, unforgivable things to see Kampman in a Lions uniform. He hasn't made a great adjustment to the 3-4 and is done for the season. I think the Packers let him go. but he signs elsewhere.
4) Ray Edwards, MIN- I can't see why the Vikings would let him go but they do have a lot of high priced players on the defensive line already. Even if he leaves, it won't be to Detroit. He is set to receive a huge payday (so he'll probably go to the Redskins).
Best bets- Kearse or Vanden Bosch based solely on the Titans connection
Sammie Lee Hill is a nice start at DT for the Lions. Regardless, it is clear that the position needs to be upgraded, and there are plenty of free agents to do it with.
1) Casey Hampton, PIT- There were mid-season rumors that the Steelers were looking to trade their mammoth nose tackle, so Hampton leaving isn't out of the question. Nonetheless, he will probably go to another team.
2) Tony Brown, TEN- Another Tennessee Titans player that could be lured away. He is the teams best DT though so I can't imagine they'd let him leave.
3) Fred Robbins/ Barry Cofield, NYG- The Giants have to resign both of these men and have Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard behind the two starters. It is likely only one will be resigned (probably Cofield as he is only 25).
4) Johnny Jolly/ Ryan Pickett- Another team with two current starters who will need to be resigned. It is tough to tell what the Packers will do. My guess is that they drafted BJ Raji for a reason and the 340 pound nose tackle Pickett is who will get set free.
Best bets- Fred Robbins, Ryan Pickett
The big question here is whether or not Larry Foote leaves. While it's not a huge position of need, depth could be an issue if Foote is gone.
If he does go, who could replace him?
1) Stephen Tulloch, TEN- Thus continues the trend of Titans players who could become Lions players. I personally think Tulloch is the best bet of any of them. He thrived with the Titans when Schwartz was in town and could be replaceable in Tennessee.
2) Keith Ellison, BUF- He's definitely better fit to play on the outside, but the Lions drafted Levy with that thought that he could play in the middle of the defense anyway. That being said, I think the Bills resign him.
Best bet- Stephen Tulloch
This is arguably the position most in need of an upgrade.
Anthony Henry has been a failure, Phillip Buchanon a disappointment, and Will James a pleasant surprise (though he's still not very good).
Buchanon is probably a low end #2 corner and Will James would be no better than a teams #3, yet they are both starting for Detroit.
Something must be done.
1) Carlos Rogers, WASH- He's fairly similar talent wise to Buchanon, but would be an upgrade over James.
2) William Gay, PIT- He would start right away for the Lions, but it is unlikely the Steelers would let him leave. However, stranger things have happened.
3) Ellis Hobbs, PHI- The Eagles are so deep at corner they might let Hobbs hit the market.
4) Fabian Washington, BAL- Basically a Phillip Buchanon clone, but depth and competition is never a bad thing.
Best bets- Fabian Washington, Carlos Rogers
That is, unfortunately, the best player in the Lions secondary getting burned by Julius Jones.
Julius Jones....... Really? In Delmas' defense Jones is pretty fast, just not very good.
Either way the Lions have started 3 different safeties next to Delmas and Ko Simpson is not the long term answer. They are now starting Marvin White because of Simpson's season ending injury.
1) Sean Jones, PHI- The Lions have a very good chance here to get an underrated player in Jones. He is likely to be let go because rookie Macho Harris has been playing like a man possessed.
2) Atari Bigby, GB- He would compete with Simpson for a starting job, but honestly wouldn't be much of an upgrade.
3) Dawan Landry, BAL- I doubt the Ravens let him leave, but here's to hoping!
Best bets- Atari Bigby, Sean Jones