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Lions notes: Detroit faces uphill battle with late coaching hire, according to former NFL executives

Former NFL executives talked about the drawbacks of waiting for your new head coach.

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  • Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press talked to several former NFL executives who, like the Detroit Lions, had to wait to hire their new head coach until they finished with the Super Bowl. They do a good job explaining the drawbacks of the wait, while also admitting that if you get the right guy, that’s all that really matters.

Particularly interesting, however, was what former Browns general manager Phil Savage said after having to wait for Romeo Crennel. “Like when you go through the interviews and all, and they’re like mapping out their staff, you never end up with all the guys they say they can get.”

  • Last week, Drake dropped a new singled called “Diplomatic Immunity,” which features a couple bars referencing Barry Sanders:

Like Sanders on the Detroit Lions
Get a run around and I’ll bury you where they won’t find ya

This week, Barry took notice:

  • Today’s Highlight Reel of the Day belongs to Lions running back Theo Riddick:

  • Darius Slay is already in Orlando for the 2018 Pro Bowl, and he’s hanging out with the NFC North’s second-best cornerback:

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