Monday Notes: Roy Williams Thinks the Lions Practiced Harder Than the Cowboys

  • The 2009 offseason is officially underway, as the Pittsburgh Steelers ended the season last night with an amazing 27-23 victory over the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.  The game was one of the best Super Bowls of all time, so congratulations to Behind the Steel Curtain.  I also want to congratulate Revenge of the Birds, as the Cardinals played their tails off and never quit.
  • Four former Lions players are on the Steelers and, therefore, are Super Bowl champions.
  • Fernando Bryant, one of those four players, isn't sure of who actually ran the show while he was in Detroit.  He shared that he never once spoke with Matt Millen when he was getting his contract restructured.  He only talked to Tom Lewand, which is both strange and concerning considering Lewand was promoted following Millen's departure.  I know that Lewand is heavily involved with contracts and stuff like that, but you still would think the GM would be involved when a player is restructuring his contract.
  • Former Lions offensive lineman Mike Utley was a guest at the Steelers' last practice before the Super Bowl.
  • Roy Williams raised some eyebrows when he said this on the radio last week:
    “I mean, I was there until we were 0-5, I think," Williams said Friday morning on ESPN's "Mike and Mike in the Morning," based in Tampa this week for the Super Bowl.

    "You know," Williams continued, "we still had a chance to be in the playoffs at 0-5. Guys were still working. I think, actually, Detroit works harder than Dallas on the practice field. I don’t know why it doesn’t transition to the game field on Sunday."
    I'm sure the Cowboys were happy to hear him say that.
  • Former Lions offensive lineman John Gordy died at the age of 73 on Friday.
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