- Sunday night Rodney Harrison, former NFL player and current "Football Night In America" analyst, called out the Detroit Lions for failing to come to Matthew Stafford's defense after he was shoved out of bounds late by Anthony Barr. Stafford responded by saying he was proud of his teammates' response and restraint from getting a retaliation penalty. On Tuesday, Harrison doubled down on his original comments:
"It’s on your sideline, a guy pushes your quarterback out of bounds, gives him a cheap shot. And Matthew Stafford may not think that that’s a big deal, but little things like that, they add up. They create a culture and attitude. And for me, I’m one of those guys where if that would have happened to Tom Brady, I would have punched that young guy right in his face, and I don’t care if cost me [$25,000] or $50,000..."With all due respect to Harrison, that's a terrible way to look at this situation. I'm not saying everyone's philosophy should be "turn the other cheek," but in a game where the Lions were in desperate need of yards and points, any sort of retaliation -- especially a punch that would draw an immediate ejection -- would have been incredibly stupid. His later insinuation that the Lions' failure to respond 'properly' will bring upon more incidents like this is completely baseless.
- Speaking of the Barr shove, this is...um...interesting:
NFL told Zimmer Stafford slowed up on sideline, flag shouldn't have been thrown. "I think I owe Anthony Barr an apology." #Vikings— Brian Murphy (@murphPPress) September 23, 2015
- Darius Slay has a pretty awesome plan if he manages to intercept Peyton Manning on Sunday night:
Darius Slay said he's going to ask Peyton Manning to sign the ball if he intercepts a pass Sunday. Right away. I think he was joking. Kinda.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 23, 2015
- Cam Chancellor returned from his holdout on Wednesday. As the Lions' luck would have it, the Seahawks have already played the Packers and face Detroit next week.
- I did a couple of radio spots on Wednesday. First, I spoke with Steve Bortstein of Fox Sports 1340 AM in Farmington, NM about the current state of the Lions. Later in the day, I previewed the Sunday night game with Denver's KMET Sports Show.
- Yesterday was a milestone for Detroit SB Nation blogs:
I think we just created Captain Planet. pic.twitter.com/uQTg1bsfsy— Pride Of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) September 24, 2015