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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Dan Campbell’s path to coaching the Lions is a fun one
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.
Exploring how Holmes became the Lions next GM
The Lions interviewed 12 candidates, Holmes was the 9th one
Final 4 candidates: Brad Holmes, Ed Dodds, Jeff Ireland, and Terry Fontenot
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
This week the guys discuss the Lions’ loss to the Packers, the latest injury to Matthew Stafford, the insane injury to Frank Ragnow, the role Chris Spielman will have within the organization, as well as preview the upcoming game against the Tennessee Titans in Week 15.
Reviewing the loss to the Packers
Pivotal play: Marvin Jones’ ruled incompletion opens the door for Stafford’s injury
Snap Counts: Injuries on the edge leads to increased LB usage… again