Jan 21, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Detroit Lions former player Charlie Sanders and Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo prior to a game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

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Jason Hanson, and kickers everywhere, should root for Morten Andersen
Mike O’Hara — DetroitLions.com

Q. Why should Hanson root for Andersen, and what is the Hall of Fame voting process?

A. Greatest recognizes greatness, and as one great kicker to another, Hanson should have a vested interest in the voting Saturday for the finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Hanson had one of the greatest careers of any kicker when he retired in March after 21 seasons with the Lions.

Barry Sanders conflicted about Detroit Lions’ coaching change
Kyle Meinke – MLive

And now they’re going through yet another coaching change after yet another collapse. But this one, the Lions say, is different.

Detroit brass has billed Jim Caldwell’s hire as a move that will reverse the team’s losing culture in 2014. The club expects to win right away.

But Sanders has been around a long time, and been around a lot of losing. He believes Caldwell is a good fit, but remains skeptical that the coaching change is a panacea for a losing culture that now stretches decades.

Detroit Lions Initial Round-by-Round Draft Big Board
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

It’s still early with the combine coming in late February and pro days forthcoming. Yet by this point, most teams already have a pretty firm foundation to players they wish to target in the first couple of rounds.

Given the fluidity of the situation, I’m going to put on my general manager hat and list what players the Detroit Lions can and should realistically target with each pick.

What can Matthew Stafford expect from OC Joe Lombardi?
Tim Twentyman — DetroitLions.com

What can Matthew Stafford expect from new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi?

Lombardi’s impact on Stafford and the Lions offense will be one of the big storylines this offseason in Detroit.

One man, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, probably knows the answer to that question better than anyone. Brees has, in fact, spent the last seven years with Lombardi in New Orleans, the last four years with Lombardi as his quarterback coach.

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