Detroit Free Press

While at least one prominent NFL analyst was critical of Detroit Lions secondary coach Aubrey Pleasant’s treatment of second-year cornerback Jeff Okudah on the sideline of last week’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers, two of Okudah’s teammates said the confrontation is a non-issue for players in the locker room. “I’m going to make it real
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When Steve Smith saw the heated sideline exchange between Detroit Lions secondary coach Aubrey Pleasant and second-year cornerback Jeff Okudah in Sunday’s season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers, it immediately made him question whether the Lions’ purported culture change has really changed at all. “We need to stop upping our standards for players and
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Penei Sewell had a doubly-difficult task in his NFL debut Sunday, switching positions from right to left tackle a few days before the Detroit Lions’ season-opener against the San Francisco 49ers and drawing the primary assignment on Nick Bosa, one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. Lions coach Dan Campbell said he was
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Sunday was an incredible day for the Stafford family. Kelly Stafford, wife of former Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, detailed the emotions of his first game with the Los Angeles Rams in the premiere episode of her new podcast, “The Morning After with Kelly Stafford.” [embedded content] “I have never been so nervous for something,”
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Everybody was going crazy. OK. Stop. That’s deceiving. Let me rephrase: The few fans left in Ford Field were going crazy on Sunday afternoon. Near the end of his Detroit Lions head coaching debut, Dan Campbell stood on the sideline, watching intently, slowly chewing gum. Campbell did not come across as a crazed, over-caffeinated, fist-pumping, vocal-cord
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Apple Podcasts  |  Spotify  The Detroit Lions just must be cursed. How else can you explain the ruptured Achilles tendon that ended cornerback Jeff Okudah’s season after 48 snaps? How can it be that such a studious, hard-working, dedicated player suffered a notoriously problematic injury that also might end his career? How can a player who drew
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Jeff Okudah wasn’t the only starter the Detroit Lions lost to injury in their season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Lions coach Dan Campbell said No. 1 receiver Tyrell Williams is in concussion protocol after leaving the game following a helmet-to-helmet hit in the third quarter. Williams retreated to the locker room, accompanied
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And they’re off! And they’re… off. The work in progress that is the new Detroit Lions was, well, a work in progress in Sunday’s opener, falling into a four-touchdown hole, whiffing frequently on offense and defense, bobbling passes, overthrowing receivers, taking sacks, blowing defensive assignments and surrendering some huge plays, including a 79-yard touchdown pass
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Downtown Detroit was packed full of Lions and Tigers fans Sunday afternoon. And while Eastern Market was closed for tailgating due to staffing issues, it didn’t stop the fans from setting up shop elsewhere to party. In a parking lot off Gratiot Avenue and the corner of Vernor Street upwards of 100 people came out to celebrate
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