Wednesday open thread: Which Detroit Lions player needs to improve the most?
Wednesday open thread: Which Detroit Lions player needs to improve the most?in Deutsch in Medien und Literatur 12.12.2018 07:15
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We’re four games into the 2018 season Detroit Lions Hoodie , and some of the Detroit Lions’ biggest problems are coming into focus. Offensively, the team is doing okay, but there are certainly some consistency issues across the board—even at quarterback.Defensively, it’s an entirely different story. Detroit can’t stop the run, the secondary is giving up too many big plays. Pass rush is inconsistent at best, and there are just way too many penalties. When problems are so multifaceted, it’s hard to fix. I’m not trying to scapegoat here, because, again, there are plenty things going on right now, but today’s Question of the Day is:Who is the one player on the Lions that needs to improve the most? My answer: Christian Jones. We’ve been hammering Jarrad Davis pretty hard from training camp all the way through the first month of the regular season, and there’s a pretty good reason for that. He’s the Lions’ 2017 first-round pick, and his struggles have been apparent.However, he hasn’t even been the worst linebacker on the team. Those honors belong to Jones, who was added this offseason in free agency in hope to improve the linebacking corps after letting Tahir Whitehead, Brandon Copeland and Paul Worrilow sign elsewhere.Jones hasn’t done much of anything, despite getting plenty of snaps on defense. He has just 16 total tackles, 1.0 sack and a 40.6 Pro Football Focus grade Cheap Customized Detroit Lions Jerseys , good for 76 out of 85 linebackers. Just look at where he was during Ezekiel Elliott’s touchdown grab on the screen: That’s him on the 33-yard line heading in the complete wrong direction while only now realizing that the ball is going to Elliott. This play is a pretty good representation of his performance through four games, and it’s why the Lions have been giving up chunk yards both in the running game and in the passing game. The Lions’ linebacker play has been god awful, and that’s a reason why this team is 1-3 right now with the worst run defense in the league. If Matt Patricia can’t get this unit in order soon, it’s going to be far too late in the season to get anything meaningful out of this team in 2018.Your turn.Tweets from https://twitter.com/PrideOfDetroit/lists/lions-coverage The Detroit Lions put together one of their better overall performances on Sunday on their way to a 32-21 victory over the Miami Dolphins. The Lions set some franchise marks and picked up their first road victory of the season. As a result, their Week 7 report card is looking awfully nice. Let’s break it down.Quarterbacks: A+This was the game I’ve been waiting for from Matthew Stafford. He was damn near perfect in Miami, completing over 85 percent of his passes. Of the four incompletions he threw, two were batted down and one was dropped. Not only was Stafford deadly accurate, but he was a master of the pocket. On one of the rare occasions that pass protection broke down, Stafford knew exactly when to step up into the pocket or escape to his right or left. This was no shabby Dolphins secondary—remember, they led the league with 11 interceptions—and Stafford torched ‘em.Running backs: AKerryon Johnson obviously set a personal mark with 16 carries for 153 yards, but he also set some marks for Lions running backs. Johnson is so good at finding the hole and slipping threw them, even if a defender gets an arm on him. The running game was so effective all game that even LeGarrette Blount had an efficient game. The Lions haven’t seen a running game like this in almost 30 years鈥?more on that later in the day. Wide receivers: BIt was a pretty quiet day from the receivers, but to no fault of their own. We’d be talking about another prime day from Kenny Golladay had a penalty not taken away yet another one of his touchdowns. It was an up-and-down day for Golden Tate. He had some of his patented YAC that got him to 36 receiving yards, but he had a drop and a really, really scary fumble that could’ve changed the entire outcome had he not somehow gotten the ball back. Also, shoutout to TJ Jones, who had a really key 26-yard catch early in the game that quickly negated a chop-block personal foul penalty. Tight ends: AMichael Roberts finally exorcised the ghost of Eric Ebron on Sunday. Roberts led all Lions receivers on Sunday with 48 yards on three catches, but most important www.thelionsfootballauthentic.com , Roberts showed he could be the red zone threat Lions fans had been hoping for. His two touchdowns on the day were arguably the difference between a win and a loss. Eric Ebron didn’t even score a single touchdown this week. What a bum (kidding). Offensive line: A+Even a costly penalty or two couldn’t stop me from giving this unit an A+. Stafford often had a ton of time to throw the ball, and the rushing lanes were so wide open that even LeGarrette Blount could find them without hesitation in the backfield. The only time it seemed like Matthew Stafford even got a hand laid on him was at the two-minute warning when there was clearly some miscommunication as to whether Detroit was going to run a play before the stoppage of clock or not. We’ve all waited for this Lions offensive line to come together, wondering what the offense could look like with it firing on all cylinders. Well, the Lions punted just once and scored points on every other possession. Sounds pretty good to me. Defensive line: BThe interior of the Lions defensive line was weirdly dominant against an average Dolphins offensive line. A’Shawn Robinson (three tackles) and Ricky Jean Francois (2.0 sacks) were causing havoc the entire game. However, the defensive ends were not very good at creating pressure nor holding the edges in the running game. It was still definitely a step in the right direction, but there’s no other way to put this: The Lions need Ezekiel Ansah. Linebackers: BDetroit gave up one huge running play, as they seem to do every game. However, for the rest of the day, the Lions run defense was dominant. 18 rushes, 53 yards for an average of just 2.9 yards per carry. The linebacker were a huge part of that, led by Jarrad Davis’ 6 tackles (and 1.0 sacks). The linebacking crew still had some lapses in coverage, but Christian Jones nearly had himself an interception, and, for the most part, they didn’t allow any big plays from Brock Osweiler. Secondary: CThis is a tough one to grade, because the Lions got a fair share of coverage sacks yet again from good play in the back end. Also, I thought the Lions were on the bad end of some questionable calls from the refs, with Quandre Diggs getting a rough pass interference call on a third-and-long pass well short of the sticks Detroit Lions T-Shirt , and Nevin Lawson nearly gave up a touchdown after an offensive pass interference call was missed.But the Lions had some issues, too. Crossing patterns seemed to really give the Lions corners some problems, and it resulted in Brock Osweiler completing 71 percent of his passes. Granted, Osweiler had some impressive throws on the day—that touchdown pass to Danny Amendola was shockingly perfect—but I still expect more from this unit, especially after Albert Wilson went down early in the game. Special teams: AI came into this game completely terrified of Jakeem Grant, who is arguably the best kick and punt returner in the league. However, the Lions’ kick coverage units were superb on Sunday, and although they did give up a 19-yard punt return, that was the result of Sam Martin outkicking the coverage (61 yards through the air!!!). It’s been a while since Matt Prater has had to make a clutch field goal, but his 50-yarder with two minutes left sealed the game. Miami would go on to miss a 46-yarder, so don’t take Prater for granted, yall. Coaching: A-It’s always good sign of coaching when the team comes out of the bye looking better than ever. What was most impressive about this win was that their previous weaknesses almost looked like strengths on Sunday. Their run defense was very good against a solid set of backs. They somehow got the tight ends involved in the offense, and their red zone efficiency looked better because of it. And the aforementioned coverage issues were completely gone against the Dolphins. AND THEY GAVE KERRYON JOHNSON THE FOOTBALL. His 19 carries against the Dolphins were a career high and feels exactly like the right amount of the rookie running back, especially on a day so hot and humid as that sunny Miami afternoon.I had a couple in-game decisions that I wasn’t a huge fan of, like passing on third-and-2 and declining a holding penalty that would’ve created second-and-17 instead of third-and-7, but these were minor flaws in an otherwise impressive week of preparation and gameday performance.
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