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Thursday open thread: Who starts at LT if Taylor Decker doesn’t return?

Do the Lions have a left tackle controversy brewing?

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On Wednesday, Greg Robinson returned to practice after missing two games with an ankle injury. I suggested in the Wednesday injury report article that this could cause a bit of a left tackle controversy should Taylor Decker not return from the PUP list this week.

Many seemed surprised by that statement. Brian Mihalik has played fairly well over the past two weeks and it seems like there’s a major consensus that he has earned the backup job until Decker is healthy.

I was curious as to whether that was the common belief among most Detroit Lions fans right now, so today’s Question of the Day is:

Who should start at left tackle if Taylor Decker doesn’t return this week (and Greg Robinson is healthy enough to play)?

My answer: Though I’m not a huge fan of losing your starting job while injured, Mihalik has shown enough promise in his first two career starts to warrant it.

That being said, I think Mihalik’s success has been a bit overstated. He graded out adequately against the Packers, but he was far from perfect. Just watch him on Matthew Stafford’s first touchdown pass on Monday night:

Additionally, Pro Football Focus graded Mihalik horribly after the Steelers game.

So while I think the buzz is a little overblown for Mihalik, created mostly because the line as a whole played better, I still think he’s done enough to earn the job should Detroit need him this week.

Your turn.


Who should start at left tackle this week if Taylor Decker doesn’t return?

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    Greg Robinson
    (50 votes)
  • 87%
    Brian Mihalik
    (879 votes)
  • 7%
    Corey Robinson (if returns from IR)
    (78 votes)
1007 votes total Vote Now


In an unprecedented move, I have a second, related question of the day. This question isn’t who you want to start at left tackle, but who you think will start at left tackle. In other words, who do you think the Lions will choose? VOTE:


Who WILL start at left tackle if Taylor Decker doesn’t return

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    Greg Robinson
    (189 votes)
  • 72%
    Brian Mihalik
    (581 votes)
  • 3%
    Corey Robinson
    (32 votes)
802 votes total Vote Now