Quinn spent money and draft picks to upgrade this unit. Taylor Decker, was the 2016 first round pick at left tackle. Big, free agent contracts to T.J. Lang, guard, and Rick Wagner, right tackle, were given. All to improve the run game from being the 28th ranked rush offense in the NFL.
So far, Decker has missed eight games and the run game is right back to the bottom of the NFL. The rushing attack is currently 29th after an otherwise dominant offensive performance versus the Green Bay Packers.
The new revelation, reported on by Lions insider, Tim Twentyman, is that T.J. Lang is now in concussion protocol, as well. The starting right guard was diagnosed Wednesday, apparently the after effects of the Monday night win. His status is uncertain going into the weekend.
The questions linger as to what is the bigger problem, the line or the running backs receiving hand-offs? The only obvious thing, the production now is not improving. Perhaps the return of Decker to the lineup will improve things, though. That is not a certainty, though.
I don’t know about the Lions coaches, but I’m sick of hearing about how long it’s been since we had a 100-yard rusher. Reggie Bush, November of 2014, in case you hadn’t been reminded in the last few minutes.
Now, we only ask for the Lions to run effectively, since it’s obvious that they couldn’t get a back to 100 yards with no one else on the field. Of our 417 yards of offense in Week 9, 64 were on the ground. Ouch.