I was one of the first reporters to call for Jim Caldwell’s dismissal as the Detroit Lions’ coach. But when reports surfaced that Caldwell is one of the favorites for the Chicago Bears’ job, I thought there was no one else I would like to see get that job more than him. Caldwell is a
Tom Canavan | Associated Press East Rutherford, N.J. — Joe Schoen was at the top of the New York Giants’ list of candidates when they started their search for a new general manager, and the Buffalo Bills assistant GM never left that spot. The Giants hired the 42-year-old Schoen as their general manager Friday. It ended a
T.J. Hockenson has been one of the NFL’s best tight ends when healthy the past three seasons. The problem? Hockenson hasn’t been healthy enough. Hockenson will spend the early part of the offseason rehabbing from season-ending surgery for the second time in three years. As a rookie, he broke his ankle in a Thanksgiving loss
Apple Podcasts | Spotify • Hosts: Shawn Windsor and Carlos Monarrez • Producer: Tad Davis • Executive producers: Anjanette Delgado, Kirkland Crawford • Guest host: Dave Birkett, Free Press sports writer • Email: email@example.com On this episode: With Shawn out this week, Carlos is joined by Dave Birkett, the Detroit Free Press’ Lions beat writer. And as they’ve done for years in videos, podcasts and just between themselves,
With the Detroit Lions’ 2021 season in the books, it’s time to hand out our annual awards. Offensive player of the year: Offensive tackle Penei Sewell This choice isn’t as bold as it might seem. The first-round draft pick overcame some early struggles and was a model of consistent excellence throughout the remainder of the
Josh Allen was so good in the Buffalo Bills’ wild card win over the New England Patriots last week he had another NFL quarterback bare-chested cheering him on in the stands. Allen threw five touchdowns and had a near-perfect passer rating of 157.6, and you could argue his wasn’t even the best quarterback performance of the week.
With enough unanswered items from yesterday’s Detroit Lions mailbag, we thought we’d follow it up with a second batch today. Enjoy. ► Question: It seems like a majority of fans were all aboard the Matt Patricia train even after the first year. Not to be pessimistic, but where might we be wrong concerning the Holmes/Campbell train?
Two NFL draft gurus dropped their latest 2022 projections Wednesday and one had quite the twist at No. 1. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and The Athletic’s Dane Brugler each mocked the first round of the 2022 draft, with Brugler predicting the second-round picks, too. Both expect the Detroit Lions to get a pass rusher (Aidan
Holding the No. 2 pick in the upcoming draft, don’t expect much variety with the projections regarding who the Detroit Lions will be taking at that spot. The overwhelming consensus opinion is the team will be taking one of the top two edge rushers in the class, either Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson or Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux.
He finally did it. Matthew Stafford finally won a playoff game. In his lucky 13th NFL season, but his first with a new team, the longtime Detroit Lions quarterback has gotten off the schneid. On Monday night, Stafford led a 34-11 dismantling of the visiting Arizona Cardinals in an NFC wild-card game with an effort
Detroit — One year ago, the Lions finally admitted they had a problem. It wasn’t a Matthew Stafford problem, not exactly. It was a team-building problem, an organizational problem, and Stafford was not the solution, no matter how desperately they and fans tried to believe it. So they set him free, traded him where he
With a bit of a lull between the end of the regular season and next month’s Senior Bowl, it seemed a good time to catch up on our Detroit Lions mail. ► Question: When will comp picks be announced this year? Do you feel the projected third-, fifth- and sixth-round picks will be accurate? — @TimVanHouten1 ► Answer: A specific date
By Jerry Green | Special to The Detroit News Detroit — The mob poured from the grandstands at Briggs Stadium that frosty Sunday. They dashed onto the football field and grabbed the champion in the Honolulu blue No. 56 jersey. They hoisted Joe Schmidt aboard their shoulders. They bounced him around like “cork on the ocean” as
Bill Dow | Special to Detroit Free Press It’s hard to believe that it was 64 years ago last month when Detroit Lions fans hoisted team captain Joe Schmidt onto their shoulders and carried him off the Briggs Stadium gridiron after Detroit won its last NFL championship and the third during the golden decade of Lions football. The
Julian Okwara racked up two sacks in the season-ending win over the Green Bay Packers, bringing his season total to a career-high five and giving his older brother, Romeo, even more confidence the Detroit Lions have the makings of a formidable pass rush in 2022. The Lions finished 27th in the NFL in sack rate
AP Sports Writer Matthew Stafford passed for 202 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score in his first playoff victory, and the Los Angeles Rams roared out of the wild-card round with a 34-11 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night. Odell Beckham Jr. and Cooper Kupp made touchdown catches for the
Jan 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) and quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) celebrate after a touchdown during the second half of an NFC Wild Card playoff football game at SoFi Stadium. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 34-11. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA
Allen Park — A year after fielding the worst defense in franchise history, and seeing those struggles continue through the first half of the 2021 season, the Detroit Lions were in desperate need for an identity on that side of the ball. Whether intentionally borrowed or absorbed through subconscious osmosis, they found one in Pittsburgh coming
He’ll be wearing royal blue and yellow tonight for the Los Angeles Rams, but it will be tough not to be reminded of his days in Honolulu Blue and silver when Matthew Stafford takes his first playoff snap against the Arizona Cardinals. Stafford, who spent 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions, will be at quarterback
Allen Park — Beyond the losses — which were probably to be expected in the first of of a multi-year rebuild — one of the greatest disappointments of the Detroit Lions’ 2021 season was the lost year of development for cornerback Jeff Okudah. It’s often said a professional football player experiences their biggest growth between their first and