Lions Congregation: Felton and Fear


Thanks to Joshua over at DetFan1979′s Roar of the Lions (note the new URL), 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!

The Panel:

NetRat of The NetRat Detroit Lions Site
Zac of The Sidelion Report
Blades Boyd, DetFan1979 Contributor
Steve of Detroit Lions Weblog
Joshua Pung DetFan1979 of Roar of the Lions

Here are this week’s questions:

1. Am I missing something, or is Jerome Felton the hardest running back on the roster? From what I see, the guy has done well with the carries he gets, and seems to be tough to bring down on first contact. Yet I can’t remember any short yardage/goal line carries. Between the tippy toe-ing of Best as of late and the average-osity of Smith, what am I not getting?

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2: lots of fans are in various stages of panic after last week’s game. Where do you fall in the spectrum?

My answers comes after the jump…

1. I agree that Jerome Felton should get more consideration, especially in short yardage situations. That being said, I don’t think doing so gives the Lions a sure bet in those scenarios. Let’s not project too much on Felton just because other guys aren’t getting it done in a certain situation.

The problem that the Lions may encounter is finding a way to give Felton those opportunities without making it so painfully obvious to the opposition that he will be carrying the ball. I don’t care how hard of a runner Felton is, he can’t beat 11 defenders. I view the Lions’ short yardage woes as more a function of their poor run blocking than the name and number of the back carrying the ball. Kevin Smith looks to be running harder the more his knee heals and Jahvid Best brings a versatility that allows the Lions to convert short yardage situations in a number of ways.

2. I’m not sure where it falls on the panic spectrum, but I would describe my feels as supreme disappointment. The disappointment started with the blown game, then the realization that this season might be a complete waste from here on out, and then ultimately ended with reflecting on how things go wrong for this organization even when they are seemingly beginning to do it the right way. The injuries, Matthew Stafford’s in particular, aren’t a result of mismanagement. The Lions just aren’t getting any breaks and I find that disappointing.

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

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