Lions Congregation: Camp Week 2


Thanks to Joshua over at Roar of the Lions, SideLion Report is part of what is called the Lions Congregation. Every week, he brings a panel of Lions bloggers the questions of you the readers. It is exciting to be a part of a solid group of writers and fans who share equal passion for our football team!

Here is this week’s question:

I keep reading about the big running lanes for Best.  I thought the Lions O-line was pretty bad.  Is it suddenly good or is the new defensive line not as good as it has been hyped up to be?  I’m confused, and hopefully you guys can help!  Thanks, Bill D.

This week’s panel includes:
Zac of the Sidelion Report
Al of Wayne Fontes Experience
Blades Boyd formerly of Church of Schwartz
Joshua DetFan1979 of Roar of the Lions

My answer comes after the jump…

The Lions certainly haven’t had one of the league’s best offensive lines the past few years but they haven’t been as bad as some might have you believe. Jeff Backus in particular was poorly suited to perform in a Mike Martz offense and has played much better since Scott Linehan took over. In fact, Backus was selected by my fellow NFC North bloggers on the fansided network as the division’s best left tackle. The return of Stephen Peterman and the addition of Rob Sims will have a tremendous impact on the performance of the line. Backus and Dominic Raiola suffered because they tried to do their own job and make up for deficiencies of the guard between them, no longer necessary with Mr. Sims at left guard. In short, the offensive line could be ok.

I’m not worried about the defensive line at all; the mix of proven veterans and promising youth should make for a dynamic unit. I can’t speak to the size of the running lanes but I think it is worth noting that what might be a big hole for Jahvid Best might be a small hole for a player without Best’s speed. His ability to hit the hole and turn it up-field with speed can might trick the eye. He should be fun to watch.

You can read answers from each panel member at Roar of the Lions.

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Tags: Dominic Raiola Jahvid Best Jeff Backus Lions Congregation Rob Sims Stephen Peterman

  • http://www.motorcitybengals.com Matt Snyder

    Looking at the depth chart it becomes clear that the Lions are improving at several areas, O-line included. It seems guys like Ramirez and Gandy would have been forced to play a larger role in years past (Ramirez started 12 games last year), and there’s no way a guy like Jansen would have had to battle for a starting spot.

    This looks to be the case across the offense as well. Previously “role players” were forced into starting roles, and borderline NFL players played key backup roles. Now, the roster seems to be at least filling up with NFL caliber talent.

    • http://sidelionreport.com/ Zac Snyder

      Injuries are a given, it takes depth to be successful in the NFL and the Lions still have a ways to go in that area.