Lions Congregation: Post Preseason

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 are this week’s questions:

1. Richard D: what was with the media circus surrounding Suh’s play on Delhomme? Would he really face suspension?

2.  Dan F: I have only passingly watched/followed the Lions the last few years thanks to Matt Millen.  They still only won two games last year, and Mayhew was Millen’s guy.  Other than lucking into Ndamukong Suh how are things really different than when We were adding “weapons for Joey”?

My answers comes after the jump…

1. I seriously doubt a suspension was ever part of the discussion at the league office. Seneca Wallace’s quote that suggested a suspension was less than forceful in demanding such action was probably overblown as it circulated around the internet. The circus was created due to the combination of the NFL’s insistence on protecting quarterbacks and Ndamukong Suh’s big name status. Suh’s $7,500 fine shows that the league didn’t view the play too seriously although the penalty for subsequent infractions could escalate quickly.

2. Things are different because the Lions front office has built much more cohesion between management, scouts and coaches. All facets of the player evaluation process are working together and preparing much more thoroughly than they did in the Millen era. Scouts finally have the ability to have their input heard and coaches also get some say into the players they will be expected to coach. The Millen-era’s greatest downfall was the lack of a plan. There was always a new coach, system, or star of the future. Martin Mayhew hired Jim Schwartz partly because of a shared vision between them. That is a huge difference.

It should not be assumed that Martin Mayhew was in lockstep with Matt Millen just because he was his assistant. Those that have followed Mayhew’s moves recognize them as very different from Millen-type moves. The record may not look a whole lot better this year but the team is on an upward swing rather than wallowing in a state of less-than mediocre.

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

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