Sunday, July 24, 2005


The debate the next few days could be where do the Lions play corner back Ty Law in a crowded secondary?
That's if Law passes his physical Monday with the Lions and looks good during a planned work out at the Lions practice facility. If every thing checks out it appears as if the Lions will sign Law, who has been telling reporters this signing is not as much about the money as it is about playing for a contender.
The Lions would upgrade their secondary if they sign Law and he's 100 percent following an injury that forced him to miss more than half the season. Law struggled during early workouts but he recently said he was close to 100 percent and was ready to make one team a contender.
Let's hope he is 100 percent because Law could slide right into the left corner spot next to Dre' Bly and replace Fernando Bryant who struggled last season in part because of injuries. Bryant did not meet expectations and would give the Lions some nice depth coming off the bench along with Chris Cash and R.W. McQuarters.
If Law plays safety he'd play along side Kenoy Kennedy and it would mean reduced playing time for Terrence Holt who I think is going to be a terrific player. The problem is some on the coaching staff are not convinced he is physical enough.
It appears as if Law is turning down offers from the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs. He seemed destined for New York because of the retirement of corner back Donnie Abraham.
So does this mean Law believes the Lions are a contender or just playing the most money? I spoke to a front officer person today outside the Lions organization who told me to chalk up a Lions NFC North Division title.
Maybe this will be an interesting season after all.


Anonymous StuckinCanada said...

Great! Just when I thought I wouldn't need the NFL package this year because there is no reason to watch the Lions, they go line up this type of move.

If Joey or Garcia can provide slightly above average QB play, this team should win the division and make it through at least one playoff game this year.

9:03 PM

Blogger Tom said...

Defense wins championships. No matter what the offense does or does not do, having a great defense will greatly help this team. Even last year the Lions put up points. If the offense can keep the defense off the field, and the defense is greatly improved, the Lions will be in good shape.

9:51 PM

Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

The stars seem to be aligned. I think the Lions can make some noise. If the can't do it this year, they will never do it.

I think they need to get Law signed, I think he brings some untangibles. They need that veteran, winning swagger in the locker room. Depth certainly doesn't hurt them either.

I think we will know if the Lions are true contenders on Octover 9, 2005. They should be 3 - 0 or 2 - 1 at that point, but Baltimore will be their first true test.

10:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Terry is right! You can never have enough good quality corners!

10:23 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

this shit is made up. ya'll are stupid

10:26 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:26 PM

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We roll hard cuz we couldn't do it any other way

10:35 PM

Anonymous hermy said...

Oh yeah, I heard about that place! Didn't they break the arroyo deal last year?

10:45 PM

Anonymous sportsfroma2 said...

HEy terry, thanks for getting the inside info in this Ty Law situation.

I know its before training camp, but I am excited how the lions look this season. But since its soo early, that's what scares me. I seriously think that if Joey can be a servicable QB, we might be able to make it to the NFC title game- No, I'm not crazy. Look at the rest of the NFC- there isn't a real clear cut #1 team- We'll see how philly does without TO, McNabb really needs a consistent reciever.

Look at the Defense- Boss Baily, when 100%, can be an all-pro. Lehman's good, too. Shaun Cody's good, James Hall will be out to prove last year was no joke. Big Baby and Big Daddy will be great. I tihnk Kenoy Kennedy might be the missing link on defense- we just need a good INT threat at Saftey- and Between Law and McQuarters, we can find a good FS. ALSO, add in Bryant, Cash.. So even our Nickel/Dime packages look very solid.

I put the blame on our failures last season on Mooch- and this year, we finally have an O-Coord, and he SHOULD open it up a bit. I'm hyped.

Maybe I'm drinking the kool-aid, but I would not be surprised if the Lions did VERY well.

But, it is before training camp, so we'll have to see what the injury sitaution is and when the draft picks sign, because a TON can change in 1 month.

11:26 PM

Blogger Ian C. said...

Is there such a thing as too many defensive backs? I realize the answer is no, especially when Law (if healthy) is an upgrade over Bryant and McQuarters. But will all these guys fit under the cap or does someone have to go?

11:49 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have some reservations about this, but if Millen and the gang says Law is healthy...I'm down!!

1:15 AM

Blogger T Foster said...

Yeah stuck.
I am beginning to believe more and more. It is great to see them make wonderful moves like this. The Lions are players again.

4:52 AM

Blogger T Foster said...

Sports From A2,
I don't know if you are drinking the Lions Kool-aide or not. But I will agree with you on one thing. Mooch's offensive calls did cost the team. I am assuming they open it up a bit this season. I am not saying go crazy. But make the other team react to the Lions rather than the other way around. I think that is critical. I am at least hopeful.

4:54 AM

Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

The Lions might have the easiest schedule in the NFC. That alone should help them.

If they can stay healthy, everything is in their favor. I think Mooch is the least of their concern, I think it is all about the QB and running game. I think the defense will be the backbone of this team.

SportsFroma2... I understand T.O. is showing up to training camp. Don't count him out.

9:15 AM

Anonymous Brian said...

Every year I've gotton my hopes up for the Lions and I end up crushed by the third or fourth game. We've got people in here talking about the Lions winning the division, going to the playoffs and even winning a playoff game. Let us not remember that the Lions have not had a winning record in how long? Boy, I thought us all being Lions fans we would've learned our lesson by now.

9:45 AM

Blogger billionaire said...

Clerical issue I have got to give Dave Dombroski alot of credit. He has pulled the tigers out of the black hole that Randy I have no clue GM created. Now I still feel Trammell is holding the team back I must take note that Bruce Fields seems to be helping. And what Koolaid did Granderson and Shelton drink.

The Lions like the tigers are held back by their respective coaches. Mooch has always stifled offenses with this West Coast garbage. This team is built Indy Style and the Lions should use that approach. Hopefully this offensive coordinator recognizes that. Folks like to say defense wins championship I still maintain that each championship won required some offense. I like the Ty Law deal however If DIck Juraun does not attack but plays this bend don;t break garbage defense shut the season down and all the signings for not. So Trrw I disagree Mooch is the key. Also If Softy Garcia gets in the Lions are sunk.

10:12 AM

Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...


Looking back on the Lions QB's "Softy Garcia" is a Pro-Bowler in comparison. If you rely on Joey, I don't know what you get.

Mooch...the west coast offensive is virtual played by 75% of the teams in the NFL now. Maybe it's not the WCO, maybe it is the boneheads trying to execute it. I have watched many a game when the Lions can't get in rhythm, the West coast offense takes some consistency and most importantly timing and instinct.

When it is run right, it is a beautiful thing. When its run like the Lions have been running it, it looks like Darko Milicic trying to play basketball.

10:38 AM

Blogger T Foster said...

For the first time in a while I believe there is a chance. And You know how hard on the Lions I am. So keep the faith. They might actually do something this time.

11:26 AM

Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

Off the subject, where is the anonymous poster that grilled me about how Bill Laimbeer was the man for the Pistons. This character touted how the Shock would turn around after Swin Cash came back.

I hope you saw the score between the Sacto Monarchs and the Shock. Your Bill "Pinnochio" Laimbeer's team lost by 40 points. the sorry ass WNBA a team scored 91 on the Bill Laimbeer coached Shock.

I'm sure Mr. Anonymous will stay buried in the weeds for awhile, but just remember, Bill Laimbeer has no place in the NBA at this time. I'm not sure if he is capable of coaching in the future either.

12:28 PM

Anonymous KLC said...

Yowza. My boy T. Fost, giving up all the Dee-troit sports goods. :)

5:10 PM

Anonymous Chris said...

The funny thing is that I agree with Valenti 100% on Joey Harrington. If Tollner and Mooch allow for down the field passing, he'll be fine.

In all honesty, until the last 4 games of last season, the Lions have done nothing to help this guy.

They rushed him in his rookie season to replace McMahon (who coincidentally was rushed to replace Batch who was coincidentally to replace Mitchell... do we see a pattern here?) and ever since have left him holding the bag.

Law would be a great fit if he were healthy. I'm of the opinion that you can never have too many good players in your defensive backfield. Don't most teams run 3 or more wide receivers 70% of the time?

And, about the Laimbeer stuff...

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the big holdup with Laimbeer over his ability to regain his voice with the players when it's lost?

This is a BIG TEST for him heading into next season. It's good for him, even though it sucks now. He needs to learn how to refocus his team. If he does that, he should be fine.

From what I've heard and read, he's got the respect of players for his play. He's very good at communicating his style of play. And, he's supposedly very knowledgeable at the X's and O's part of the game.

Coaches are going to lose their players' focus and faith from time to time. Good coaches get that back. The rest are fired and fall off the face of the earth (or if you're Tim Floyd, you get a second chance).

He needs to take this challenge and excel. If he does, he might be ready. If not, he knows he needs what he needs to work on. Obviously, he wasn't ready to take over for LB... the_real_right_way
was 100% right on that... even if I don't believe that he's going to be a never will be.

5:27 PM

Anonymous Chris said...

Oh... and I have a question for the_real_right_way...

How do we know how easy/hard the Lions schedule really is? In this day of 'come from nowhere' teams, do we really know that this is easy?

I may not know the NFL that well. I was just asking. I always wondered how people in one breath can say teams can contend in 2 years and after that label schedules as easy or hard.

I'm not being a smart ass. I'm just wondering if we can really tell how easy/hard it is in July?

5:43 PM

Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...


Good point on the assessment of easy versus hard schedules.

Here is my point, you are always going to have those one or two anomalies, but historically speaking, you will also have the teams that fall off the map. Therefore, they tend to balance out.

Regarding the Lions, I am going purely on last years performance.

1. Seventy one percent of the teams they play this year did not have winning records last year.

2. Of the winning teams they play, one is on the downward trend, i.e., Green Bay, who they play twice. (If you are a Farve fan, forgive me for desecrating him, but he is done. If any other quarterback had his performance, they would have run him out of town.)

6:40 PM

Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

One more off the subject.

Did anyone see this article on Brown talking to New York?
Brown asks for Williams -- but gets Dolan, Thomas

This quote from Brown should be raising eyebrows, however, I wonder if the media, as advised by the Pistons won't talk about it.

Brown said health problems related to his bladder will not prohibit him from coaching, and he has tried to assure his wife that he'll get the rest his doctors have been ordering during the months of August and September before training camp opens.

It just amazes me that his health isn't an issue for New York. It's about the relationship, why did it get to the point that the Piston let a "Hall of Famer Go."

We will never know the real truth.

6:53 PM

Blogger billionaire said...

Clerical Issue TRRW you stole my thunder on Brown. However I feel that Brown was disegenous and the pistons were as well. It all boils down to ego and history will probably say so. Another Issue is this and it is from left field. What's up with newspapers using so many AP stories and syndicated columnist. Could that be another reason why circulation is down among other things.

Okay now the west coast garbage. It is designed for the dink and dunk. You hope that the reciever will catch and break it for the big one. And you use the running back. If the lions were playing in the elements maybe however you have the personel to go deep. My issue with Softy Garcia is he can;t throw deep and this team is designed for that. Now Mooch more than likely as history shows will screw it up and try to enforce this West Coast on this team. Hopefully Mooch will let it go and run the Indy style offense which I think is much better than the West coast even when run properly. I know folks will say the elements will play a role however with Kevin and Artus we do have a running game. TRRW in todays NFL there are no easy schedules Hell you had Miami beat New England Last year. Look for the Cardinals to make some noise. The Lions should win this division and if they don;t I will call for Mooch's Head.

8:19 PM

Blogger billionaire said...

One more things I don;t want to here injuries this and that

8:21 PM

Blogger billionaire said...

What the hell 57 million for Alex Garbage Smith. I know the top pick is supposed to get the raise but man he was not even the consensus number 1 pick. I know the 49'ers tried to trade that pick. I know what I will do have a son and teach him how to throw ahhahaha

8:24 PM

Anonymous Chris said...

It's not an issue in New York because they suck.

It's not an issue in New York because Isiah Thomas has $62M tied up in Stephon Marbury, Allan Houston, Penny Hardaway, and Quentin Richardson.

It's not an issue because Isiah's an idiot and gave Jerome James $5M per year with his midcap exception, his only flexibility for this season.

It's not an issue because Mike Sweeney is rumored to be 30 lbs over his playing weight.

It's not an issue because there's a good chance that New York will still be paying a ton of money in luxury tax penalities even after the expected amnesty release of Allan Houston.

In my gut, I'd think that New York would give him the money anyway, even if Brown wants to sit out a year.

I think Dolan and Isiah went on record that they would love to have Larry Brown join the organization in any way, shape or form, but they'd prefer he'd coach.

I can't remember if that was a statement or if that was reported by ESPN. Sorry, I'm a little fed up with the whole LB saga and how the NBA seemingly only revolves around the Lakers and Knicks.

And, to go on more with my little tirade, I'm sick of our pathetic basketball coverage here in Detroit (sorry Terry). I'm mad that we can't get any significant NBA news. I'm mad that it took me reading the Denver Post to find out that there are supposedly 4 teams in the running for Michael Finley- Detroit, Denver, Phoenix, and Miami.,1426,MCA_475_%203949877,00.html

It would be nice to know what was the dealbreaker in Detroit's interest for Bonzi Wells.

Did you all know that the Pistons are interested in Evans from Sacramento?

*breathes* Ok, rant over. Sorry everyone.

9:26 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Terry, want another job?

LOL, you can even do it from home!

10:00 PM

Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...


Preach on.

I will agree with you on the small market mentality here in Detroit. Getting a national perspective is like trying to find Osama Bin Ladin. NO ONE IS WORKING ON IT!

As for LB and the issues in New York, yes they have problems, but, Jerome James in the east is like Wilt in the WNBA (with the exception of Shaq of course.) I know that is quite a stretch, but my point is with the sad situation of Bigs in the East, Jerome James can command that type of salary.

The Eastern Conference use to be known for defensive toughness. Now it is a conference of ???? It has no signature. I don't fault Isiah for going after him what other Big was out there?

As far has Houston and Penny. Can you fault Isiah for that? I think that is all the more reason to care whether they have someone who can maximize potential of the players they have.

Mike Sweeney??? LB knows what to do with him. Derrick Coleman sat his fat ass on the bench for a while here in Detroit. Do they need Sweeney, yes but is he the team no.

Bottomline, New York has more to be concern about than Pistons. As they actual have media who will call for Isiahs head and question the organization.

One correction, NBA revolves around the Lakers, Knicks, and Heat.

11:03 PM

Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...


You forgot one part about the west coast offense... dink and dunk and bam. It isn't just about run after catch. You mix it up and use other tools to move the ball and stimie the defense. The Lions have been very predictable in all aspects of their offense. Again, they have not executed well.

Also everyone says go deep, go deep, this offense is built to go deep. I haven't seen it consistently and I disagree, about Garcia not being able to go deep. That is of course unless you are throwing 60-yard bombs every play.

The Colts offense works largely because of timing, instinct and they have a hell of a quarterback and receivers that have been playing together for awhile. I don't think the Lions are ready to duplicate that.

I think Joey needs to play about 2 more years with a healthy receiver core before they can even think about being as productive as the Colts.

11:18 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn;t there a baseball playe named Mike Sweeney too? No wonder I was so confused...

A storm's brewing, kids- time to double check the battery backup in the alarm clock!

11:35 PM

Blogger T Foster said...

Laimbeer had not helped himself with this nearly two year slide of the Detroit Shock. Last year people used injuries as excuses. Now that Swin Cash is back there has been no change. I understand the league has improved but the Shock have a real nice roster in comparison.

6:44 AM


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