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Remember how once Andre Smith was considered #1 pick-worthy?

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The guy finally ends his hold out yesterday, and today he breaks a foot in non-contact drills. The Bengals picked up a snakebit player with that pick...

Al "Bubba" Baker - The best DE the Lions ever had

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Most of the younger readers here never saw Bubba Baker play. He was a great pass rusher who was defensive rookie of the year and a three time Pro Bowler. He was a demonstrative, fun loving player who was a real fan favourite. As detailed in the article he "likely" holds the single season sack record of 23. Unfortunately sacks were not an official stat until four years later.

Football Outsider: 2008 Offensive Line Rankings

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Here is some more great analysis from Football Outsiders regarding the ratings of the offensive lines in 2008. As you would expect, Detroit was the second to last run offence, while they were the worst pass blocking. What was surprising was that the Lions were the ninth best team on running successfully on third and fourth downs with two or less yards to go. A success rate of 71% versus a league average of 67%. It sure did not seem like they were that successful in 2008. There is also some data regarding the direction that teams ran to. Very thorough work.

Lions turn to receiver to kick | The Detroit News

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Swayze Waters had a stiff hamstring, so Dane Looker took over as the kicker in practice and did quite well.

News Talk 1370 WSPD | Where Toledo Comes To Talk

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I will be a guest on "The Benchwarmers" at around 6:30 p.m. to talk about the Lions.

Jim Schwartz on PTI.

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Jim Schwartz on PTI.

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