Perhaps best known for his time with the St. Louis Rams and the “greatest show on turf” offense of the late 90’s and early 2000s—former NFL coach Mike Martz has been around some of the game’s best. Martz coached multiple Hall of Famers during that era, including running back Marshall Faulk and wide receiver Isaac Bruce. So when he speaks about the offensive side of the ball, people tend to stop and listen to what he has to say. And boy did he have some nice things to say about Detroit Lions’ first-round pick Jahmyr Gibbs.
Beyond Gibbs’ raw talent, which Martz spends plenty of time on, he loves the situation Gibbs is walking into in Detroit.
“You add that to the fact that he’s not going to a bad team where he’s gotta try to make them better,” Martz said in the opening of the 10-minute video. “He’s going to one of the best offensive lines in the league, and an established offense.”
Like Lions coach Dan Campbell has been saying about Gibbs’ role in offensive coordinator Ben Johnson’s offense—their plans for the speedster go far beyond what is expected of most running backs. More multifaceted offensive weapon than traditional halfback. The visison, acceleration, long-speed, elusiveness—it’s all there for Gibbs.
“One of the things that is really remarkable about him too, is once he gets up into the seam, he has this ability to get into gear within two or three steps.”
Martz went into great detail during the breakdown for the 33rd Team, and I highly recommend checking out his work. You can find the full video here.
And now, onto the rest of today’s notes:
- The Lions social media team released more photos from offseason workouts:
We outside— Detroit Lions (@Lions) May 10, 2023
- Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report gives his thoughts on what we learned about every NFL contender this offseason.
- The Lions hosted the Michigan High School Girls Flag Football League last week at Ford Field.
Last weekend, the Michigan High School Girls Flag Football League piloted by @LionsYouthFB kicked off their season at @fordfield!— Detroit Lions (@Lions) May 10, 2023
Fill out the "Intent to Participate" form to continue to help spread the word and grow the game! https://t.co/bKes0PMQq6. pic.twitter.com/kn6aVH83cj
- If there is a better player in another sport to wear the number 81, then I am forgetting them.
- Former Lions’ Pro Bowl center Ed Flanagan has passed at the age of 79.
Today the Detroit Lions mourn the passing of Ed Flanagan.— Detroit Lions (@Lions) May 10, 2023
A member of the Detroit Lions All-Time Team, Flanagan appeared in 139 games (139 starts) for the Lions from 1965-74 and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection. pic.twitter.com/BN9hKBbcVN
- ESPN’s Matt Miller ranked his favorite 100 selections of the 2023 NFL Draft. Five Lions make an appearance in the top 70.
- Worth noting that the Lions will travel the sixth fewest miles in the NFL during the 2023 season.
- Lions’ wide receiver Jameson Williams loves the kids. Also, if you live in or around Detroit, you know exactly where Williams was on Mack avenue. Those young men will be out there all summer selling those water bottles and you have to respect the hustle.