The Lions off season plan is…I have absolutely no idea. Apparently, neither do the Lions

While the Lions were busy cornering the market on mediocre safeties, their linebacking corps continued to shrink. Over the past 2 days, both Teddy Lehman and Boss Bailey signed free agent deals. Yesterday, Lehman became a Buccaneer (Odd to see a Lion become a Buc, rather than vice versa) and today, Bailey joined his more talented brother in Denver.

The depth chart was thin enough with the underachieving, and often injured, Lehman and Bailey. After today, it’s almost non-existent, with one quality NFL player, OLB Ernie Sims. As for the rest of the LB’s on the roster, let’s review the utter suckage…

Paris Lenon: Last season’s starter in the middle, whom the Lions have been desperately trying to replace (As shown by the Jonathan Vilma trade talk), without any luck.
Alex Lewis: A career backup who only sees the field on special teams.
Anthony Cannon: Another special teams player who should never be on the field on 1st thru 3rd downs.
Buster Douglas Davis: A 3rd round pick of the Cardinals last year, a MASSIVE BUST whom was cut at the of their camp. The Lions picked him up, and then spent 15 of 16 games on the practice squad.
Don Mullbach: Listed as a LB on the roster, but is a LB in name only. Mullbach is the Lions’ very good long snapper. Period.

Good Lord, the Lions have a single legitimate starting linebacker on their current roster! You’d think find 2 or 3 would be a huge priority. So far, the only linebackers the Lions have spoken to in free agency are Al Wilson, admittedly once a quite good LB, but is over 30, and a huge injury risk, and Dan Morgan, another player whose career has been injury filled.

The linebacker “situation” is just another reason the Lions off season has been so underwhelming. The lack of depth at running back, on both lines, and linebacker is alarming, to say the very least. Then to lose starters at linebacker (Bailey), defensive tackle (Shaun Rogers), offensive tackle (Damien Woody), and their only healthy, quality running back (TJ Duckett) has me wondering one thing.

WHAT IN THE HELL ARE THE LIONS THINKING?

I have no issues with the likes of Bailey leaving, but the seeming lack of a plan in regard to replacing him (And Rogers, and Woody, and Duckett, and Lehman, and…) is baffling. Absolutely baffling.

If the plan is for the Lions to fill all these holes through the draft, that’s all well and good. But Millen’s draft history, it…well, it sucks and sucks hard. So to expect any help through the draft is the same as expecting Wiley E. Coyote to catch the roadrunner. It’s not going to happen. Ever.

Much as Nero fiddled while Rome burned, Millen continues to sign safeties and let starters leave without any idea of who is going to replace them, while the rest of the Lions’ roster crashes and burns.

Typical Lions. God damn typical…

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  • gun-totin-wacko

    I finally figured it out today.  There are two ways Millen can get the team turned around- or at least get the fanbase off his back.The first option is, he could take some time to figure out what the hell he’s doing.Okay, scratch that.  There’s only one way to get the fans off his back.  Just announce "I have a plan, and in 4 years, you’ll be blown away!"Just like that, at least half the fans’ll throw their support behind him.Otherwise, we’ll just have to sit back and dream of the day that our beloved team will win 10 games and make it out of the first playoff round.

  • http://sidelionreport.com/ Big Al

    That might work. At least it would give us a small amount of reassurance the Lions have some sort of plan in place.

    That reminds me of something Sparky Anderson once did…

    When the Tigers intorduced Sparky as their new manager in 1979, he told the assembled media "We have a five year plan." In year five, they won the World Series. When asked about his five year master plan, Sparky said the only reason it was a five year plan was due to the fact his contract was for five years. If he had signed a four year deal, Sparky claimed he would have said they had a "Four year plan." If he had signed a three year contract, it’s then a "Three year plan."

    I don’t know if it applies to this situation, butI just love that story…

  • Baroque

    I don’t understand football, never have, and don’t like it much at all – yet I read your posts because ripping incompetent franchises to confetti makes me laugh.   I don’t know whether that makes me sick and twisted or not, but either way keep it up.

  • http://sidelionreport.com/ Big Al

    Thanks, Baroque! I appreciate your coming by SLR, and TWFE, for that matter…  I have a quixotic quest to get Matt Millen fired. I know it’s basically titlting at Windmills, but e all have to have goals in life, right? Making you laugh is a plus!

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