Sep 29, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Micheal Spurlock (15) tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) center Dominic Raiola (51) and free safety John Wendling (29) lead the offense out of the tunnel before the game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions News and Notes

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Detroit Lions position preview: Matthew Stafford entrenched at QB, but there’s little certainty
Kyle Meinke –

The Detroit Lions insist they have the personnel to immediately contend for a Super Bowl under Jim Caldwell. No, really, they do.

Suiting up Calvin Johnson is as good of a place as any to start. Ndamukong Suh, too. And the tailback combo of Reggie Bush and Joique Bell is among the best in the league.

But to make any kind of playoff push, the pieces around that core must be better.

Focus on Megatron doesn’t mean success for Lions’ other WRs
Carlos Monarrez — Detroit Free Press

Every receiver is usually “excited” or very excited when he first joins the Lions for one big reason: He believes all the attention on Calvin Johnson will create countless chances for him to catch balls and make plays.

Golden Tate recently told ESPN’s “First Take” that he has “a chance to catch a ton more balls” against second-tier cornerbacks. But if you look at the Lions’ No. 2 receivers since Johnson became the team’s No. 1 receiver in 2008, their production has dropped after Johnson ascended or they joined the team.

Former Detroit Lion Kevin Jones a sailor?
Michael Rothstein –

Many times, former NFL players end up with different and interesting second careers. Sure, some go right into coaching and others become figureheads and local celebrities either where they played in college or the NFL.

Even more go on to be doctors, lawyers, actors or move into the worlds of real estate or finance. Then there is the broadcasting component — something players often try to set up toward the end of their NFL careers, like Nate Burleson and Dan Orlovsky are doing.

Kevin Jones, apparently, has gone a different route. According to Mike Barber of the Richmond Times Dispatch, Jones is now working at his alma mater, Virginia Tech. Before that — he apparently raced sailboats for a year./blockquote>

Detroit Lions Top 50: #3 LB/HC Joe Schmidt (VIDEO)
Nate Williams – Detroit Jock City

3. Joe Schmidt, LB, 1953-1965 (Head Coach – 1967-1972)

Joe Schmidt is the greatest defender to ever play for the Detroit Lions. His hard-nosed leadership abilities lead to two stints in Detroit. One as defensive captain, and later as head coach.

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