On Wednesday, news broke that Detroit Lions linebacker Jamie Collins has been placed on the trading block just two weeks into the 2021 season. The Lions reportedly held Collins out of practice on Wednesday because they were fielding calls to trade their veteran linebacker, which seems to suggest he is not long for this roster, whether he be released after not finding a trade partner or the Lions eventually finding a new home for him.
This development comes less than 24 hours after head coach Dan Campbell criticized Collins’ play in the Monday night matchup with the Green Bay Packers. Campbell said he made far too many mistakes, and while he showered praise upon fellow linebacker Alex Anzalone, he noted that Collins isn’t putting that kind of effort into the game.
“Now does he move with the same effort or have the same effort as Alex? No, I don’t (think so). I think Alex just plays at a high level all the time,” Campbell said.
So to talk about this significant news, myself and Ryan Mathews got together for a short, 10-minute emergency podcast to break it down. Did Campbell overstep a boundary by going public with his issues with Collins? Is Derrick Barnes ready—especially with Lamar Jackson coming to town this week? How much is this going to cost them and does it really matter? And why this isn’t the same thing as Matt Patricia clearing house of players that didn’t fit his culture.
Check out episode below.
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