Raiola was possibly Stafford’s biggest fan last season — although he was one of many — and he only sees better things ahead for the Lions led by a confident young gunslinger, who said after the game he was proud of his offense for the comeback at the start of the third quarter.
The NCAA has a different concept of quarterback protection, and Suh found this out in Detroit’s 35-27 win over the Cleveland Browns last Saturday, when he blew past his blocker and tried to open quarterback Jake Delhomme(notes) like a bottle with a helmet on top.
The Lions decided to move Spievey primarily to safety last Thursday, partly because of his own shortcomings at corner — he struggled in man coverage — and partly because of injuries to starting safeties C.C. Brown (forearm) and Louis Delmas (groin).
Spievey replaced Delmas after two series Saturday, and while he was far from perfect, he made an impression on Schwartz.
If there are any pied pipers to lead the discouraged back through the turnstiles it will be the young players the Lions have drafted the last two seasons since shedding themselves of bad management and bad coaching and installing a regime that appears to at least have a clue.
Zac Snyder got hooked on the Lions after his dad took him to a Monday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990. The show put on by Barry Sanders and Bo Jackson that night was only surpassed by what Zac could do with Barry in a game of Tecmo Super Bowl.