The Lions released veteran cornerback Brian Kelly on Tuesday, less than 48 hours after he was benched for the entire game in a 20-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Kelly, 32, was one of the team’s higher-profile offseason acquisitions. Kelly bought out the remaining year of his contract with Tampa Bay in order to become a free agent, and signed a three-year, $8.75 million deal with the Lions in March. The 10-year pro was well-versed in the Lions’ Tampa 2 defense and was expected to bolster the team’s struggling secondary, but he has been a major disappointment this season.
The team signed cornerback Dexter Wynn on Tuesday to replace Kelly on the roster. Wynn spent five NFL seasons with Philadelphia and Houston but was cut by the Texans after training camp this season.
His acquisition was supposed to mean something… And it was fairly high profile along with getting Boden on the squad. But it was to no avail and nothing is sacred when your team is 0-13. But why this move at this time?
Well, yet again, Rod Marinelli is acting like this is still his football team. On a terrible team with a coaching staff that clearly isn’t competent enough to compete in this league, why would a veteran player buy into their bull crap? Marinelli and Joe Barry’s system simply doesn’t work and yet they are both arrogant and/or stupid enough to believe that it isn’t necessary to change it.
Why on Earth are these guys being allowed to make decisions that could affect next year? If the new regime wants Kelly gone, then they may cut him themselves, but at this point and juncture of 0-13 and this state of lame ducked impotence they have no business making a move like this. Kelly hasn’t exactly lit up the league, but it shouldn’t be Rod’s call to make anymore. He is the worst coach of the worst squad in history, a title that leaves just a little room to be debated at the moment. He’s lost 20 of the last 21 as of the Vikings loss on Sunday.
If they lose the next three, it will be an irrefutable fact.