- On Wednesday, the NFL named Ezekiel Ansah the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. On Thursday, SB Nation’s Stephen White named him the “Hoss of the Week.” Check out his excellent breakdown of Ansah’s spectacular Week 17 performance.
- The Detroit Lions broke attendance records in 2017, boosting overall attendance by 5.3 percent from last season. Additionally, three home games played in 2017 broke Ford Field’s top 10 most-attended games.
- Matt Prater was named to the Pro Football Focus All-Pro first team. Prater’s reaction to the news was classic:
- Dan Orlovsky gave his thoughts (The Athletic subscription required) on what Jim Caldwell did for the Lions and what the next coach will have to do. Here’s a teaser:
It’s not about finding a guy who can come in and reshape the culture. That’s been established.
Finding the right guy for any job is hard, finding the guy willing to grab the baton and finish a champion is even harder. And I fully believe Quinn will do just that.
- The snow storm on the east coast is already affecting some coaching searches. It could potentially cause the Lions to change plans with Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia (h/t @kmeinke) :
With airports closed and the snow a major issue, Giants brass likely to drive to NE for interview w/Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 4, 2018
- Here’s a few different outlooks on Lions head coach candidate Mike Vrabel. First, Texans blog Battle Red Blog thinks the “leader of men” narrative is played out. However, MMQB’s Robert Klemko details how Vrabel’s coaching style gets the most out of his players.
- Friend of the PODcast, John Whitaker, put together this perfect video of the 2017 Detroit Lions running game:
I present to you... the 2017 Lions run game. pic.twitter.com/4J0apB2y4u— John Whitaker (@Wrath_of_John) January 4, 2018