Our long national nightmare is finally over. The Detroit Lions have decided to take Stefan Logan off the return units after last Saturday's nightmare of a performance on national television against the Atlanta Falcons. The change wasn't confirmed by coaches, but rather by Logan himself. He had this to say about the move:
Stefan Logan: "I’m mad, but at the same time there’s nothing I can do about that. That’s coach’s decision. I blame myself."— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) December 27, 2012
Fans have been calling for Logan to be benched since early in the season. It was clear he wasn't getting the job done as a kick or punt returner. He rarely broke free for a big return, and his issues with muffing punts and not knowing when to call for a fair catch were hurting the Lions. I have no idea why Jim Schwartz waited this long to make a change. It certainly shouldn't have required a knee at the 4-yard line on a free kick for a change to be made, but that embarrassing play was ultimately the straw that finally broke the camel's back.
As for who will replace Logan, it looks like wide receiver Mike Thomas and running back Joique Bell are the top candidates. Thomas is likely to step in as the punt returner, while him or Bell will probably take over the kick return duties.