Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) smiles before the game with the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions News from Around the Web

Scanning the Savanna searches the web for Detroit Lions news and notes each morning and brings it to your fingertips in one easy location.

Lions must get a quality receiver in draft to give passing game a chance to succeed
Chris McCosky – The Detroit News

All we heard, as the team was careening and skidding down the stretch, was how much talent there is here. With all that talent, how could they lose six of their last seven games? How, with all that talent, could they not win the horrendous NFC North?

Well, I would put it to you like this — while there were certainly many talented individuals on the Lions’ 2013 roster, their production, for various reasons, wasn’t always commensurate with their talent. There were gaping holes at several positions.

Five Things to Watch from Ken Whisenhunt’s San Diego Offense Against the Denver Broncos
Max DeMara –

This week, how will Whisenhunt’s offense do against the Broncos, a team with a few defensive question marks that the Chargers already have exposed? More than that, can Whisenhunt adapt to possible adjustments by the opposition and out-coach Denver in a huge game? Here’s five things to watch as Whisenhunt tries to advance in the playoffs further.

Detroit Lions awards: Matthew Stafford is most disappointing player of year
Kyle Meinke –

The Detroit Lions got off to a promising start last season, but lost six of their final seven games to finish a disappointing 7-9.

Now the question is, who was the most disappointing player on one of the NFL’s most disappointing teams?

There were a few possibilities, but we elected to go with the guy who became the face of Detroit’s cataclysmic finish: Quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Lions coaching candidate Whisenhunt’s calls unpopular this season
Carlos Monarrez — Detroit Free Press

Ken Whisenhunt, the Chargers’ offensive coordinator, is the presumed favorite to become the Lions’ coach. And what you see in Denver today might be an indication of what you see in Detroit next season.

Whisenhunt has received a lot of acclaim for helping get the most out of quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger, Kurt Warner and Philip Rivers. But his play-calling hasn’t always been popular, even in a year in which San Diego’s offense has put up good numbers.

5 Free Agents Detroit Lions Should Target This Offseason
Brandon Sweeney — Rant Sports

The Lions have been rewarded with the 10th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but could use some veteranship on a young team. Which raises the question, who will the Lions target in free agency? Some of the finest athletes will be up for grabs this March and the Lions must take note. The following are five players the Lions should consider.

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