There's not much to complain about when it comes to the offense. We've come a long way in a short time, especially the offense. I think we can all agree with that. First let me start with the biggest problem, the line. Everyone knows its week, but improving. Last year they only allowed 27 sacks which was 6th best in the NFL, and the QBs were hit only 64 times all year, which is tied for 8th best with Atlanta, and Denver. I was surprised when I saw that. 64 QB hits, 27 sacks, and 16 interceptions, I think the pass protection was much improved, but the run block doesn't seem that good. The line was ranked tied for 19th in yards per run, with San Diego, Cleveland, and New Orleans, all with an average of 4 ypr. Maybe it had a lot to do with Jahvid Best being hurt all year, maybe not. Maurice Morris played well, but he's nothing more than a depth player. With Best coming back, and Mikel Leshoure being drafted to be the much needed power back we need, maybe the run game will improve, and the line won't look bad. I also like Johnny Culbreath joining the team. After the draft, I read an article about him, it said he was a 4 year starter in college, which I like in a player, especially on the O-line. It tells me that their experienced, durable, and that they were good enough to start all 4 years, they might be good enough to start the next 10 years for the Lions.
Stafford seems to be a great quarterback, but his injuries are making it difficult to see. I say if he doesn't play at least 12 games this year, maybe its time to start searching for someone else. I don't expect anyone to play all 16 games, let alone Stafford, but I think 12 is a good, healthy number. Shaun Hill is good, but would you bet the future in him? I really have no other worries, or issues. I have no beef with Scott Linehan, as a matter of fact, I think he has done a fine job thus far, and unless he benches Stafford for Stanton, then I really don't foresee me having one. We have depth at WR, and TE, and our RBs are looking better every year. Just as long as Best can stay healthy. From what I understand, he has always been injury prone, but when healthy, he is great, just look at the preseason, and the first 2 weeks last year. But even if Best got hurt again, I think Leshoure could carry us. I said in another discussion that I would like to see Tim Toone break out as the next Wayne Cherbet/Wes Welker type of player. That would be icing in the cake. Here's to Stafford staying healthy, and throwing 6 TDs, 3 to Calvin, on Monday night football. Payback for the Calvin rule, and knocking Stafford out.