August 17, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) runs past Baltimore Ravens safety Amari Spievey (42) at M

Scanning the Savanna: Lions special teams are not very special

Although the Lions pulled out a 27-12 win over the Baltimore Ravens Friday night, there were a lot of concerns regarding the play of the special teams, penalties and misguided turnovers. Let’s dive into it, and much more, with the daily news bullets:

  • Anwar Richardson wrote early Saturday Morning about the special teams woes the Lions faced Friday night against the Baltimore Ravens. Coach Jim Schwartz was not too pleased and mentioned that the quality of practice will not be improving this week; it will be the quality of the players on the roster that will be improving this. It is unfathomable to think Schwartz is going to shake up the roster THAT much, but it is in the realm of possibility that he cuts a few guys who did not show flashes of brilliance on special teams.
  • It is sad to see that Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher and former Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy are no longer romantically together. That would have made for great bulletin board fodder for when the Lions play against the Bears this season had the power couple stayed together until Oct. 22.
  • Safety John Wendling is starting to earn that three-year, $2.75M ($750K signing bonus) contract he signed in 2011 after recording two pass breakups and a sack during Friday’s game against the Ravens.
  • Rookie wide receiver Ryan Broyles (ACL) who has struggled to practice much during training camp saw his first preseason action Friday night and he recorded two catches for 24-yards.
  • Despite defensive end Willie Young blocking on punt on special teams, the rest of the squad looked lackluster at best. Too many players were taking the wrong angles to the returners, other were over-perusing the tackles and a fair amount of the rest just blatantly missed tackles or tried to get away with arm tackles. Kicker Jason Hanson nailed two long field goals and rookie kicker Derek Dimke also kicked one true through the uprights. As John Kreger pointed out, if it wasn’t for a pair of penalties by the Ravens’, Detroit would have allowed two huge kick returns, one of which that went for a touchdown.
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