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The Lions’ linebacker shopping is a tricky thing. What the Lions, in theory, need, is an outside linebacker—but the pool at inside linebacker is deeper, and starting MLB Deandre Levy has the tools to play outside. In Part I, I’ll assume the Lions kick Levy outside, and bring in a starting middle ‘backer.

I’m a huge nerd when it comes to statistical research and advanced metrics in sports, but so far my geekiness has primarily stayed in the world of baseball along with some dabbling in college basketball.

But yesterday, one of my baseball outlets (The Book blog) linked to a post on Outside the Hashes pertaining to quarterbacks and how much control they have over their statistics.

I have always dreamed of the Lions becoming a good football team.  I have waited my whole life (as my father and grandfather before me) for a quarterback who could inspire a city to believe that greatness can be achieved.  The gravity of the situation in Detroit was so bad it called for a QB to be more than a man.  So as I sat on a Saturday afternoon in 2009 I had a smile across my face with the uttering of one sentence, “With the first pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions take Matthew Stafford, QB from Georgia University.”  I had seen Detroit’s own Superman.

Defensive end is one of the deepest positions on the Detroit Lions’ roster thanks in part to some moves made last offseason. First the Lions signed free agent Kyle Vanden Bosch, who has become one of the top leaders on the team. Later on in the offseason the Lions acquired Lawrence Jackson, who came on late last season as a very good player for the Lions.

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