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Lions' big moment seems like a long time ago

The Detroit Lions had lost 19 consecutive games when they faced the Redskins in Week 3 of the 2009 season. Led by rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford - who directed scoring drives of 99, 74, 86 and 85 yards, respectively - the Lions defeated the Redskins, 19-14, at Ford Field. Obviously, it was a big moment for the struggling Lions, Coach Jim Schwartz said.

"It seems like 10 years ago right now," Schwartz said in a phone interview Wednesday. "I probably just remember the last drive. It seemed like the clock was going to take forever for that final 40 seconds to wind off. It was fun to get the first win, but it didn't change our outlook on what we needed to do with the football team and how much work we needed to do.

"We still haven't arrived as a football team. We have done a good job of putting some pieces in place. We played competitively this year even though our third string quarterback has played more then our starter in the first six games, but we still haven't arrived as a football team. It is hard to remember too much about the couple of wins we have had."

By Jason Reid  | October 28, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
 
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We still haven't arrived as a football team. We have done a good job of putting some pieces in place. We played competitively this year even though our third string quarterback has played more then our starter in the first six games, but we still haven't arrived as a football team. It is hard to remember too much about the couple of wins we have had."


Aren't they 1-5? Maybe he means this week if they beat the Skins again.

Posted by: rich20ssu | October 28, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

FIRST to say this post blows. Seems like a long time ago that we had a decent post!!!

Posted by: monk811 | October 28, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Aren't they 1-5? Maybe he means this week if they beat the Skins again.

Posted by: rich20ssu | October 28, 2010 11:18 AM |

I think he means the couple of wins they have had since he's been there because thats all they have is a couple.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 28, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

If I'm London and Haslett, I have the break down of those three demoralizing drives posted in every meeting room. And I also have that 99 yard drive playing in loop all over the place. B/C our D got housed by a rookie QB.

Hopefully that will motivate them to knock them down and keep them on the floor this time around.

Posted by: Devo2 | October 28, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Our path to the top of the NFC East is starting look up:

Mathias Kiwanuka is done for the season
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on October 28, 2010 10:54 AM ET

The massively improved Giants defense will be without miss defensive end/linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka for the rest of the season.

Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that the Giants will place Kiwanuka on injured reserve Thursday because of the herniated disc in his neck. It's a massive disappointment for the versatile contract year player.

Kiwanuka had four sacks in three games this season before suffering the injury. Initially he hoped he could return quickly, but his status didn't improve after weeks off and visits to specialists. In the meantime, New York's defense has been among the league's best.

The Giants have excellent pass-rushing depth, but Kiwanuka gave them a lot of options because of his ability to play on the line or standing up at linebacker.

New York is expected to use his roster spot to sign return man Will Blackmon.

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 28, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Ya know, upon further review...if Kiwi is a FA, maybe we could get him on the cheap in the offseason...we could use some OLB depth to compete with Lo Alexander...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 28, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

brown, thanks, they've got some great depth along that line, Tuck, Osi, Pierre....interesting that he's in a contract year....something to keep an eye on...not exactly a 3-4 end, but a young talented cat just the same....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 28, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

The Skins should be underdogs going into this game. The Lions are way better than their record. And Shanny does need to figure out a way to motivate them (yes, something IS wrong) - as the Rams game demonstrated, the skins rarely show up against teams with worse records. Even if they do show up it should be a tight game. Hopefully the breaks will go our way.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | October 28, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Ya know, upon further review...if Kiwi is a FA, maybe we could get him on the cheap in the offseason...we could use some OLB depth to compete with Lo Alexander...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 28, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Do we really want to go on the path, again, of paying for other teams FA's? Or do we want to show some commitment to our own in house players whom we have developed. A la Lorenzo Alexander, Chris Wilson, etc?

Posted by: Devo2 | October 28, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Hey, where's PlayAction with that hard-thought prediction? This better be good!

Posted by: monk811 | October 28, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I would take Wilson over Kiwanuka any day of the week.

Posted by: SkinsFanNYC | October 28, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Do we really want to go on the path, again, of paying for other teams FA's? Or do we want to show some commitment to our own in house players whom we have developed. A la Lorenzo Alexander, Chris Wilson, etc?

Posted by: Devo2 | October 28, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

We do have to be careful bringing in other players, ESPECIALLY since they are usually just doing/saying the right things to get paid, that's why we've looked like fools the past 10 years cause we get these players and they underachieve.
That being said, I might still bring him in but not for the usual money Snyder pays for these dudes, let him compete with Lo and Wilson and may the better player win!

Posted by: monk811 | October 28, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Do we really want to go on the path, again, of paying for other teams FA's? Or do we want to show some commitment to our own in house players whom we have developed. A la Lorenzo Alexander, Chris Wilson, etc?

Posted by: Devo2 | October 28, 2010 11:42 AM


Apparently you missed what I said so I'll repeat: "if Kiwi is a FA, maybe we could get him on the cheap in the offseason...we could use some OLB DEPTH to compete with Lo Alexander."


That doesn't read REPLACE Lo Alexander, doesn't read "give him a sh*tload of money to play here"...only kick his tires and see if we can get him on the cheap to compete at OLB. You let me know how we're filling out the roster next year without FA and just 5 picks in the draft...

Greg, I know he wouldn't play DE here...he'd obviously be an OLB in a 3-4.

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 28, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Do we really want to go on the path, again, of paying for other teams FA's? Or do we want to show some commitment to our own in house players whom we have developed. A la Lorenzo Alexander, Chris Wilson, etc?

Posted by: Devo2 | October 28, 2010 11:42 AM


Apparently you missed what I said so I'll repeat: "if Kiwi is a FA, maybe we could get him on the cheap in the offseason...we could use some OLB DEPTH to compete with Lo Alexander."


That doesn't read REPLACE Lo Alexander, doesn't read "give him a sh*tload of money to play here"...only kick his tires and see if we can get him on the cheap to compete at OLB. You let me know how we're filling out the roster next year without FA and just 5 picks in the draft...

Greg, I know he wouldn't play DE here...he'd obviously be an OLB in a 3-4.

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 28, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 28, 2010 11:58 AM

Crazy to think that you can build a team without using FAs. The Pros running football operations for the Skins showed last year that they were not going to overspend on FAs and if they keep that philosophy then those mistakes of the past with be just that.


AH Beeps

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 28, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

'Skins fans have unlocked the 'Skins only possible path to success: Decimating injuries suffered by their competition.

Posted by: josettes | October 29, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

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