“I allowed certain individuals back in Denver to form a perception of me and I paid for it … It’s really good for me and really good for my family to be in a new place, a new town, new teammates and try to start all over again,” Smith said.
Last year’s 22 blackouts were confined to five teams, all of which had losing records: the Jacksonville Jaguars (seven blackouts, seven wins); Detroit Lions (four blackouts, two wins); Kansas City Chiefs (one blackout, four wins); Oakland Raiders (seven blackouts, five wins); and St. Louis Rams (three blackouts, one win).
Quarterback Matthew Stafford, center Dominic Raiola, defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and kicker Jason Hanson will be the Detroit Lions’ captains this season, coach Jim Schwartz announced after practice today.
The talent base in Motor City is improving, but don’t expect the Lions to speed their way up the standings. They might move the ball decently as second-year QB Matthew Stafford develops, helped by star WR Calvin Johnson and free agent signee Nate Burleson. Rookie Jahvid Best could be exciting running the ball along with holdover Kevin Smith, but the line is mediocre.
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.