As much as I want to get excited about our "revamped" depth chart; one question remains about this season. How aggressive will the Lions offensive play calling be? I will be the first one to admit it but the Lions were actually fun to watch when Mike Martz was running the offence. Mike Furrey basically our version of Wes Welker playing the slot and of course who could forget… while DB's were freaking out about Calvin Johnson; Shaun McDonald was burning people down field. We started 6-2 and then of course what happens? Martz gets publicly criticized for not running the football. At the time, Moron Millen was still running the show and all Martz really had to say was "Well, if we had an offensive line that could open running lanes for my running back than I would… oh yeah… and if you actually would draft a play making running back for once then we could make do with the line we have!" As it is, most of Kitna's passes were scrambles out of the pocket because well… there was not pocket! This was a terrible football team that actually won football games because of good aggressive play calling.
Ever since Martz was gone it's been basically the same stuff: Sweeps, draws, counters, swing passes, passes in the flats, 5 yard pop passes and one 20+ yard prayer to Calvin. Let's face it; playing conservatively with a lack of talent isn't going to get the job done. It works for Peyton and the Colts because they have spent 12 years building him the team he needed to succeed… is it a surprise of how easy Peyton makes it look now just picking defenses apart week after week?
Since the day I started to play the game of football until right this minute, I never understood why teams (especially the Lions) would take a 3rd and long situation and run a draw?! I know I am going to get the smart ass answer from somebody who reads this and that of course is " it's because their expecting a pass." Ok… does that mean they are going to stop it? If a receiver can get a break open for 2 seconds and the QB has 2 seconds, that 10+ yard play can be made… you only have a DB and possibly help from a Safety and/or LB. A draw keeps everyone keeps 7 in the box and all a legitimate shot at stopping the ball carrier which in my mind is just stupid and gutless play calling.
The Lions need to open it up this year and USE the talent that they have and shove it down everyone's face every single week. They spent the money… why not let then have some fun? Why not catch an elite team off guard one week and kick the crap out of them? We have an actual D-Line now! Start sending Julian up the gaps and let him do we do does best. I am calling it right now… Zach Follett will be the Lions Defensive MVP this year. I can't wait until he gets a clear shot at a ball carrier this year and knocks the piss out of him.
If the Lions aggressively call plays this year, this will be one year in Detroit we will never forget my friends.