Episode #186: Pre-Free Agency roster review

This week the guys discuss Erik’s new job as Managing Editor at Pride of Detroit and take a deep dive into the Detroit Lions pre-free agency roster.

The fellas open by looking for holes at each position group, identifying those who could be in line for a contract restructuring, and those that vulnerable to being released due to their bloated contracts.

Additionally, the guys examine the Lions 18 unrestricted free agents and single restricted free agents, looking at who could return, as well as who the team should move on from.

Once it’s clear where the roster stands, the guys will predict the team’s needs as well as the strategy of building from the outside in. For this strategy to work, the Lions will need to add skill players — including big skill players — this offseason and they have already started by signing WR Tyrell Williams.

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Episode #185: Will the Lions use the franchise tag?

This week the guys discuss Erik’s departure from Lions Wire, tease what’s coming next, and reassure listeners this podcast will remain unchanged.

In Lions news, the duo examine the Lions 2021 coaching staff — now that the Antwaan Randle El hire was made official — and discuss who they’re excited about, as well as what concerns they may have.

Additionally, they take a deeper look at the NFL Salary Cap, how the floor being raised to $180 million helps the Lions, breakdown where the team is at heading into free agency, and where they will stand after the Matthew Stafford for Jared Goff trade becomes official.

Finally, they discuss the Lions approach to the 2021 Free Agency period and debate if the Lions will use the franchise tag — as well as who the best candidate to use it on is.

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Episode #184: Calvin elected to the Hall of Fame

This week the guys discuss legendary Lions’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson’s acceptance into the Hall of Fame, update the latest news of the Matthew Stafford-Jared Goff trade, explore the new additionss to the coaching staff, check-in on the roster, and begin at the 2021 NFL draft.

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Episode #183: Hello, Jared Goff, Goodbye, Matthew Stafford

This week, the guys discuss the Lions blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Rams of sending Matthew Stafford to L.A. and acquiring Jared Goff, a 2021 3rd round pick, a 2022 1st round pick, and a 2023 1st round pick from all angles.

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Episode #182: Matthew Stafford on the trade block

This week the guys discuss Matthew Stafford requesting a trade and all the happening surrounding this decision. How Lions’ coach Dan Campbell’s staff is impressively coming together and they examine how the Lions are structuring their front office around GM Brad Holmes.

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Episode #181: Dan Campbell hired as head coach

Now that we’re done repairing a few walls in our house after Dan Campbell’s first press conference, let’s get to this week’s episode.

This week the guys discuss the Lions’ hiring Campbell as the Lions’ next head coach, discuss his first coordinator hire, speculate who his offensive coordinator could be, and examine Brad Holmes’ first days as the Lions GM.

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Episode #180: Brad Holmes hired as GM

This week the guys discuss the Detroit Lions’ search for a new general manager, how the team landed on Rams director of scouting Brad Holmes for the job, as well as project how this hire will influence the coaching search.

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Episode #179: Lions GM/Coach search updates

This week the guys go back to the Rod Wood-shed and discuss the Lions’ general manager and coaching searches. They explore what the Lions are looking for in the tandem, and how things have changed since the last time the organization went through this process.

Revisiting the Wood-shed

The Lions won’t rush to make a hire this time around. Wood is focusing on a person’s character rather than their record and is trying to learn from past mistakes. He is leaning on more people during this hiring process, which is why people like Chris Spielman and Mike Disner more involved. Additionally, Wood is open to hiring a coach before GM because he cares more about people who can have a working relationship.

The Lions have interviewed 10 candidates for their GM position

While they have not yet interviewed, Jeff Ireland (Saints’ Assistant GM, Formerly Dolphins GM), he is rumored to be meeting with the team on Friday. John Schneider (current Seahawks GM) is rumored to be someone they will pursue, but nothing has been formally acknowledged by the organization.

Other names to keep in mind for the Lions’ GM position include: Ed Dodds, Colts’ Assistant GM (source), Scott Fitterer, Seahawks’ Co-Director of Player Personel (source), Omar Kahn, Steelers’ VP of football administration (source), Will McClay, Cowboys VP of player personnel (source), and Eliot Wolf, Patriots front office consultant, who is better known for his time with the Packers front office (source)

The following teams have available openings at their GM position: Broncos, Falcons, Jaguars, Panthers, and Washington. While the Texans have hired Nick Caserio of the Patriots.

Lions have completed 4 interviews for their Head Coaching position

There are two rumored coaches set to be interviewing next week: Arthur Smith, Titans’ OC (background, source), and Dan Campbell, Saints’ TE coach, Asst. HC (source). Keep an eye on Pat Fitzgerlad, Northwestern HC (source), and Matt Campbell, Iowa State from the college level.

Teams with available head coaching openings include the Chargers, Falcons, Jaguars, Jets, and Texans.

The Lions have begun letting their position coaches start interviewing for other jobs and so far, DL coach Bo Davis is expected to join the University of Texas staff, OL coach Hank Fraley interviewing with Bengals for OL coach, and QB coach Sean Ryan in the mix for a Panthers position (source).

Other relevant Lions we will be discussing in the future in more depth:

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Episode #178: Vikings Week 17 Preview

This week the guys discuss the Lions’ loss to the Buccaneers, examine why another starter was released, update injuries and roster moves, as well as preview the Week 17 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

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Episode #177: Bucs Week 16 Preview

This week the guys discuss the Lions’ loss to the Titans in Week 15, examine why coordinator Brayden Coombs was fired, update the COVID-19 situation, take note of the current injuries/roster moves, and preview the Lions versus Buccaneers in Week 16.

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