This week, media members got to interact with Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia, general manager Bob Quinn and team president Rod Wood in a way they only get to once a year. Down in Arizona for the owners meetings, reporters get to sit down with the team representatives in an informal capacity. For coaches, they literally sit at a breakfast table. For general managers, it’s a more traditional setup.
While we already gave you the five things you need to know from the session with Bob Quinn, but if you’d like to watch each in their entirety, the Detroit Lions have offered video for both.
Here’s Quinn’s session from Monday:
And here’s Rod Wood talking about the rule changes and, yes, Toto.
- The Detroit Lions’ response to the NFL making pass interference reviewable was absolutely perfect:
- According to the Detroit Free Press, the Lions saw a dip in attendance in 2018 of about 1,800 paying customers per game. However, team president Rod Wood doesn’t seem worried, as it simply comes down to, “If we play well, the place will be full.”
- You may have forgotten that the Lions signed tight end Logan Thomas. Here are some highlights of Thomas to freshen your memory:
- Martha Ford is featured in an NFL documentary entitled A Lifetime of Sundays which offers a look at the league through the eyes of four women owners: Virginia McCaskey, Norma Hunt, Patricia Rooney and Martha Ford. You can read more about the documentary, which debuted this week, here.
Mrs. Ford with Virginia McCaskey, Norma Hunt, Patricia Rooney and Jane Skinner Goodell in Phoenix for the premiere of NFL Films’ “A Lifetime of Sundays” at the @NFL Annual Meeting. pic.twitter.com/kcF0hUyqWM— Detroit Lions (@Lions) March 26, 2019
- Here’s a nice recap of the rules the NFL will be adopting in 2019. One of the more overlooked changes is regarding blindside blocks. The NFL offered this video explaining the rule change:
To expand protection of the player being blocked, @NFL owners voted to eliminate blindside blocks. One-third of all concussions on punts were caused by blindside blocks. With the rule change, any forcible contact by the blocker with his head, shoulder or forearm is prohibited. pic.twitter.com/abA2cENnXe— NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) March 26, 2019
- Eminem has a proposal for the AAF, and part of it includes bringing a team to Detroit.