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Detroit Lions’ Calvin Johnson: It’s easy to dislike Chicago Bears
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press
Calvin Johnson, by nature, is quiet and reserved when he speaks. He isn’t given to making pronouncements about opponents.
But Chicago is different. Johnson admitted Thursday that he just plain doesn’t like the Bears or their fans.
Oh, and Johnson also came darn close to saying the Lions would win the NFC North showdown Sunday at Ford Field.
Scott Linehan says replacing Nate Burleson will be a “collective” effort
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com
But a broken forearm, suffered Tuesday morning in a single-automobile accident, has sidelined Burleson indefinitely. It’s time for other players to step up, most notably second-year receiver Ryan Broyles, who got his first game action of the season in that Washington game.
“I thought he played well,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said of Broyles. “We called his number a couple times, (he) made some nice catches, (in) crucial situations. (He) played about the right amount of snaps we felt for that game. We just feel like he’s right on track to continue to progress that way.”
Bears coach Marc Trestman makes an impact in first season
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News
The rules in the Canadian Football League are a little different than the NFL, but football is football.
The Bears hired Marc Trestman after five years as coach of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, and Chicago’s 3-0 start has proven he could handle the transition.
Trestman, who won two Grey Cups, has been called an offensive genius by some Bears players.
“He didn’t win (in Canada) just because it was 12 guys on the field and 55-yard midfield and everything else,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “He won because he’s a good coach. They’re 3-0 because he’s coached the team well.”
Finally 100 percent, Detroit Lions hope to unearth diamond in the rough with D’Anthony Smith
Justin Rogers – MLive.com
This isn’t the first time the Detroit Lions coaching staff has had defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith on a roster.
There was 2010, when the Louisiana Tech product was on the Senior Bowl North team coached by Jim Schwartz and company.
The Lions liked what they saw from Smith during that week, but after drafting Ndamukong Suh with the No. 2 overall pick, and acquiring Corey Williams in a trade a month earlier, the team didn’t have a pressing need for another interior lineman.