Calvin Johnson Hasn’t Decided If He Wants to Return for a 10th NFL Season

The agent for Calvin Johnson said today that the Lions receiver still has not decided whether to return for a 10th NFL season, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Johnson confided in several current and former teammates earlier this month that he was contemplating retirement because of the physical toll football has taken on his body.

Bus Cook, who’s represented Johnson since the Lions took him with the second overall pick in the 2007 draft, said he does not know a timetable for when Johnson will make his decision.

“Nothing to report,” Cook said before Senior Bowl practice today. “Have to wait and see. He has to think about what he’s going to do and then go from there.”

Johnson led the Lions with 1,214 yards receiving and nine touchdowns this year, but he’s been slowed by ankle, knee and finger injuries in recent seasons.

He played in every game this year for the first time since 2012, when he set the NFL single-season record for receiving yards, but was limited in practice the final two months of the season by an ankle injury.

Johnson confirmed in a statement earlier this month that retirement was an option.

“Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future,” Johnson said in a statement released by the Lions. “I would expect to have a decision regarding this matter in the not too distant future.”

New Lions GM Bob Quinn Doesn’t Have a Good Feel Yet About Jim Caldwell

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New Lions general manager Bob Quinn met with reporters for the first time since Detroit hired him as GM, and said he’s in no rush to determine who his coach is, Kyle Meinke of Mlive reports.

“I need to get to know Jim Caldwell,” Quinn said after his introductory press conference in Allen Park on Monday afternoon. “I met Jim today for 30 seconds, so I don’t have a good feel just yet. I’ve heard good things from my colleagues around the league, but it takes time.”

“I’m not going to make a snap judgement on anything. That’s not how I work.”

Caldwell is the Lions’ winningest coach (by percentage) since the Super Bowl, and guided the franchise to a playoff bid in his debut last year. But Detroit also stumbled out of the gate this year, losing seven of its first eight, and Caldwell has been on uncertain footing ever since.

Three of his offensive assistants were fired, and so were general manager Martin Mayhew and president Tom Lewand. Detroit went on to win six of its final eight, but speculation has run rampant about whether that was enough to save Caldwell from the firing line.

Quinn, though, says he won’t be judging Caldwell based only on what happened in 2015.

“He got put in a difficult situation at the start of the season, so I have a great deal of respect for how the team responded,” Quinn said. I think it’s a whole body of work, though. It’s not just this season. It’s his entire career that we’re going to discuss and talk about.”

Lions at Bears NFL Week 17 Inactives

Lions inactives: DE Jason Jones, OT Corey Robinson, WR Corey Fuller, RB George Winn, OC Braxston Cave, DT Khyri Thornton, DT Gabe Wright

Bears inactives: Eddie Royal, Jacoby Glenn, Hroniss Grasu, Tayo Fabuluje, Zach Miller, Jarvis Jenkins and Terry Williams

49ers at Lions NFL Week 16 Inactives

49ers inactives: WR Jerome Simpson, RB Shaun Draughn, CB Chris Davis, LB Michael Wilhoite, OG Brandon Thomas, OC Marcus Martin, LB Corey Lemonier

Lions inactives: WR Corey Fuller, RB George Winn, OT Corey Robinson, DT Jermelle Cudjo, DT Gabe Wright, OC Gabe Ikard, CB Bill Bentley

Cooter Has Diversified the Lions’ Offensive Attack Since Taking Over as OC

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Jim Bob Cooter’s appointment as Coordinator for the Lions couldn’t have come at a better time. After his appointment to the post, Cooter imported New Orleans Saints’ offense to Detroit and changed Lion’s gameplay for better.

To crown it all, Cooter merged Lombardi’s old scheme with a couple of new elements he gathered from Denver and Indianapolis. These are elements Jim Bob Cooter mixed to strengthen the offensive attack position.

For those that took advantage of their bookmaker free bets in support of the Lions, you will love to hear what Bob Cooter had to say about his style. “You learn a lot along the way. Some of the things you learn either as games roll or when you rewind the video or wherever, you introduce them into the offense”.

Cooter continues to add that some of the things he is using in the offense is what he knows that will work best. Jim Bob is well aware that there is a lot of stuff that will get pulled up from his training, playing and coaching in the past.

Jim Bob Cooter Man of the Moment

As a former backup quarterback who played for the University of Tennessee, Cooter has fast-tracked his coaching rank. He started by filling a graduate assistant position in 2007 with the Volunteers.

Thanks to his fast thinking and mind-blowing prediction of a game’s outcome, Jim was able to fast track his career. In just two short years, Jim was elevated to offensive assistant with the Colts and worked with legends such as Frank Reich, Peyton Manning, Clyde Christensen and Tom Moore.

Anyone who followed Jim’s career and used their free bets to support Bob’s fast moving career could afford a smile. In another three years, Cooter was called in to fill the quality control position at Kansas City.

Cooter used this placement to learn a new scheme under Brian Daboll, within a year’s time, Cooter left Kansas for Denver filling in the assistant offensive point in 2013. At Denver Cooter met up again with Manning and Adam Gase the offensive coordinator.

Everywhere he went, Cooter kept notes, and now that he is the Lions’ offensive coordinator, he is using his notebook. He is now feeding the notes into the Lions’ offense after filling in for week 8, with his strategy proving to work, it’s time punters rethink how they should cash in their free bets.

The Notebook

Jim is happy that every gameplay, game guide, and video are computerized today; he is taking advantage of the documented material. He is sifting through the information, taking bits from different places and trying it out for the offense.

So far, Jim Bob’s strategy seems to be working as his mix and matching is working in the Lions’ advantage. Playing it safe, Cooter is not giving details of what he learned from his stint at the Colts and the Broncos, rather he wants the world to see his impact on Detroit’s offense.

As much as the Lions have suffered several setbacks this season, punters shouldn’t dismiss the team when taking advantage of Bookmaker free bets. In the first half season they averaged 18.6 points, now in the second half, they are averaging 23.6 points, a significant jump!

The Lions were hoping that their gameplay will be less and less predictable; they plan to include more elements from Cooter’s notebook. A wise move given that they defeated New Orleans this week.

Summary

Given his successful start as the main man on the Lions’ Offensive side, we are all eager to see how well Jim Bob Cooter’s strategy from the past, present and probably forward thinking with help the Lions!

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Sports enthusiast and Journalist John Hawthorne loves football. John spends his spare time looking at previous games and notes to finds a way to predict the outcome of future matches. John’s work can be seen at http://freebets.com.au/

Eagles vs Lions NFL Week 12 Capsule

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (4-6) AT DETROIT LIONS (3-7)

SERIES

  EAGLES LIONS
THURS. RECORD 11-5 39-40
SERIES LEADER 15-13-2  
STREAKS 6 of past 7  
COACHES VS. OPP. Chip Kelly: 1-0 Jim Caldwell: 0-1
LAST WEEK L 45-17 vs. Buccaneers W 18-13 vs. Raiders
LAST GAME 12/8/13: Lions 20 at Eagles 34. Philadelphia RB LeSean McCoy rushes for 217 yards & 2 TDs. Detroit WR Jeremy Ross records 58-yard PR-TD & 98-yard KR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/19/10: Eagles 35, Lions 32. Philadelphia RB McCoy rushes for 120 yards & 3 TDs. Eagles QB Michael Vick passes for 284 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE John Parry
BROADCAST FOX (12:30 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Mark Malone, Ross Tucker (field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Phi.), 82 (Det.). XM: 88 (WW1), 83 (Phi.), 82 (Det.).

STATS

PASSING Sanchez: 40-64-417-2-4-65.7 Stafford: 239-372-2607-15-12-84.8
RUSHING Murray: 141-515-3.7-4 Abdullah (R): 80-284-3.6-1
RECEIVING Matthews: 55-565-10.3-2 C. Johnson: 59-828-14.0-3
OFFENSE 375.0 336.4
TAKE/GIVE +1 -10
DEFENSE 374.4 367.2
SACKS Cox: 5.5 Ansah: 8 (1C)
INTs Thurmond: 3 Quin: 2
PUNTING D. Jones: 47.0 (3C) Martin: 46.1
KICKING Sturgis: 55 (16/18 PAT; 13/16 FG) Prater: 55 (16/19 PAT; 13/13 FG)

NOTES

EAGLES: Won on Thanksgiving at Det 12-0 on 11/28/68. Play on Thanksgiving for 2nd consecutive year…QB MARK SANCHEZ had 102.2 rating & won start last year on Thanksgiving…In 4 career Thurs. games, RB DE MARCO MURRAY has 571 scrimmage yards (142.8 per game), 402 rush yards (100.5 per game) & 5 TDs. RB-PR DARREN SPROLES has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 games vs. Det. Is only player in NFL history with 25+ rec. TD (28), 15+ rush TD (18) & 5+ PR-TD (6). RB RYAN MATHEWS has rush TD in his past 3…WR JORDAN MATTHEWS had 27-yard TD catch last Thanksgiving. WR JOSH HUFF aims for 3rd in row with TD…DE FLETCHER COX has 3.5 sacks in 3 Thurs. games. LBs CONNOR BARWIN & MYCHAL KENDRICKS each had FR in last meeting. LB BRANDON GRAHAM has 4.5 sacks in past 3 on Thurs. DE VINNY CURRY aims for 3rd in row on Thurs. with sack…LIONS: Play 76th game on Thanksgiving. Host Phi on Thanksgiving for 1st time since 1968…QB MATTHEW STAFFORD aims for 4th consecutive 300-yard game on Thanksgiving & has 1,161 yards (387 per game), 7 TDs, 2 INTs & 98.4 rating in past 3…RB JOIQUE BELL has 4 TDs in past 3 on Thanksgiving…WR CALVIN JOHNSON has 8 rec. TDs on Thanksgiving, most in NFL history. Aims for 7th in row on Thanksgiving with TD catch. Aims for 4th in row on Thanksgiving with 100+ yards & TD. Since 2011, leads NFL with 7,042 rec. yards & 102.1 rec. yards per game. WR GOLDEN TATE had 8 catches for 89 yards last Thanksgiving. WR LANCE MOORE has TD in 4 of past 6…DE EZEKIEL ANSAH has 6 sacks, 3 FFs & FR in past 7. DE JASON JONES has sack in 3 of 4 Thurs. games. S GLOVER QUIN & JAMES IHEDIGBO each had INT last Thanksgiving.

Lions Bring In Ford family Advisor Rod Wood as New Team President

The Lions announced Thursday afternoon they’ve hired Rod Wood as their new president, just two weeks after firing Tom Lewand from that position, Kyle Meinke of Mlive reports.

Wood, 55, will report directly to owner Martha Firestone Ford and handle the business side of the operation.

“It was critical to me and my family to fill the president’s position as soon as possible, provided we identified the right person,” Ford said. “I am confident Rod is the right person.

“I also believe Rod’s appointment now gives us the ability to move more decisively with respect to our search for a general manager.”

Detroit is still in the primitive stages of its search for a new general manager to replace Martin Mayhew. Sheldon White is currently handling those duties on an interim basis.

Ford said in her statement the club is forming a general manager search advisory board. Martha Firestone Ford will head that committee, along with her four children — Martha Ford Morse, Sheila Ford Hamp, William Clay Ford, Jr. and Elizabeth Ford Kontulis — and Wood.

Detroit is also expected to enlist the help of the NFL’s Career Development Advisory Panel.

“I am humbled and honored to accept this position. Mrs. Ford has made it clear that her goal, and the goal of the Ford family, is to make the Detroit Lions a championship football team and organization,” Wood said in a statement. “In my role as team president, I will do everything possible to provide our organization with all the means necessary to succeed on the football field and provide our fans and city with a championship organization both on and off the field.”

Lions Stun Packers to Break Long Road Losing Streak 18-16

The Lions hadn’t won a game on the road in a very long time. Very long.

Sunday it looked as if they would be snakebitten again, as the Packers lined up for a potential game-winning field goal with seconds left, but Mason Crosby missed a 52-yard field goal to give the Lions a rather stunning 18-16 win for their second win of 2015.

It wasn’t easy, as Calvin Johnson mishandled an onside kick with 31 seconds left, allowing the Packers another shot after they failed on the two-point conversion earlier that could have tied the game.

Matthew Stafford threw for 242 yards for the Lions, who have had a tough season after firing their team president and GM.

”We don’t really care who gives us a chance, because we feel good about ourselves in that locker room and we know what we’re about,” Stafford said.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was 35 of 61 for 333 yards, but the Lions seemed to have him rattled. Receivers including Randall Cobb and DaVante Adams had a few drops, and the Lions defensive backfield played its best game of 2015.

Green Bay finally got into the end zone when Rodgers found tight end Richard Rodgers for a 4-yard touchdown pass with 5:55 left.

Lance Moore’s 4-yard touchdown reception increased Detroit’s lead to 18-10, and the Lions held on for a huge win in a place they barley ever win.

”We played physical,” CB Crezdon Butler said. ”We wanted to control (Rodgers) so we brought pressure and we were in their faces.”

It’s hopefully a win that will mean more down the road, now at 2-7 the Lions will host the Oakland Raiders next Sunday.