Limiting playing time for starters in the final exhibition game is nothing new — no team wants to risk injuries to key players a week before the regular season begins — but Schwartz isn’t willing to turn the game into a farce, either.
The veteran has made his money in the NFL for many years as a productive slot receiver. But because of the addition of veteran WR Nate Burleson this year, who should see time in the slot, Northcutt’s role could be significantly reduced — if he makes the team.
But he sees improvement in how the front office operates now compared to when Matt Millen called the shots. And he believes general manager Martin Mayhew is cut from the same mold as Ford Motor CEO Alan Mulally.
Perhaps you have this same experience when it comes to sports: People ask you to name your favorite. You might name baseball or hockey or basketball or golf. You don’t say football. Not anymore. Because it’s assumed that is your favorite sport.
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.