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Lions Hire Darrell Bevell As Offensive Coordinator

Jan 17, 2019 8:23 AM

The Detroit Lions have hired Darrell Bevell as their new offensive coordinator.

Bevell replaces Jim Bob Cooter, whose contract was not renewed by the team.

The Lions ranked 23rd in rushing yards per game (103.8), 20th in passing yards per game (223.5) and 24th in points per game (19.38) this past season.

Bevell served as the offensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks from 2011 to 2017.

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Infographic: Chargers, Colts Finish In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA

Jan 2, 2019 11:42 AM

The NFL has just two teams ranking in the top-10 in DVOA on both Offense and Defense at the end of the regular season in the Los Angeles Chargers and Indianapolis Colts.

The Chiefs, Steelers, Seahawks, Rams, Packers, Falcons, Patriots and Saints also rank in the top-10 on offense, while the Cowboys, Jaguars, Texans, Bears, Vikings, Broncos, Ravens and Bills are in the top-10 on defense.

The Chiefs rank first in the NFL in both Total DVOA and Weighted DVOA.

 

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Lions Won't Renew Jim Bob Cooter's Contract

Jan 2, 2019 8:46 AM

The Detroit Lions won't renew the contract of offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.

Cooter, 34, had been Detroit's offensive coordinator for three-and-a-half seasons, including across the transition from Jim Caldwell to Matt Patricia after last season.

The Lions ranked in the bottom-third of the league in most offensive categories throughout the season.

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Matthew Stafford Hopes To Spend Entire Career With Lions

Dec 28, 2018 10:28 AM

Matthew Stafford has been mentioned as a possible trade candidate this offseason, but he would prefer to remain with the Detroit Lions.

"I think there's something special about a guy getting a chance to play his entire career in one place," Stafford said ahead of Sunday's season finale at Green Bay. "Not many guys get to do that these days. I would love to be one of those guys."

The Lions signed Stafford to a five-year, $135 million contract extension with $92 million guaranteed prior to the 2017 season, with the first year of the extension coming in 2018.

Detroit would incur a $30 million cap hit if they trade him.

Stafford said he hasn't been asked for input about the future of the organization. Stafford would like that to change. 

"Obviously I've been with this team for a long time, seen a lot of people come in and out," Stafford said. "Probably have some unique perspective on some things but at the same time, you know, those guys' jobs are solely to do those kind of things and my job is to score touchdowns and get our offense in the end zone.

"So that's what I'll focus on."

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Matt Patricia Confident He Won't Be Fired By Lions

Dec 27, 2018 3:05 PM

Matt Patricia is confident he will remain as head coach of the Detroit Lions next season.

Patricia enters Week 17 of his first season with the Lions holding a 5-10 record.

"I'm pretty confident," Patricia said, via the Detroit News. "Everything for me, right now, is just keep moving forward and getting ready for the game this weekend. Like I said, I meet with Mrs. Ford every week, so they've been great. Her and her family have been great."

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NFL Releases 2019 Pro Bowl Rosters

Dec 18, 2018 8:10 PM

The NFL has released its 2019 Pro Bowl rosters, headlined by Patrick Mahomes.

AFC Pro Bowl Roster By Position

OFFENSE

Wide receiver: DeAndre Hopkins*, Houston Texans; Tyreek Hill*, Kansas City Chiefs; Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers; Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers

Tackle: Taylor Lewan*, Tennessee Titans; Alejandro Villanueva*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Eric Fisher, Kansas City Chiefs

Guard: David DeCastro*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Marshal Yanda*, Baltimore Ravens; Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts

Center: Maurkice Pouncey*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Mike Pouncey, Los Angeles Chargers

Tight end: Travis Kelce*, Kansas City Chiefs; Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts

Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes*, Kansas City Chiefs; Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers; Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Running back: James Conner*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers; Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos

Fullback: Anthony Sherman*, Kansas City Chiefs

DEFENSE

Defensive end: J.J. Watt*, Houston Texans; Myles Garrett*, Cleveland Browns; Melvin Ingram, Los Angeles Chargers

Interior lineman: Geno Atkins*, Cincinnati Bengals; Jurrell Casey*, Tennessee Titans; Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers

Outside linebacker: Von Miller*, Denver Broncos; Jadeveon Clowney*, Houston Texans; Dee Ford, Kansas City Chiefs

Inside linebacker: C.J. Mosley*, Baltimore Ravens; Benardrick McKinney, Houston Texans

Cornerback: Xavien Howard*, Miami Dolphins; Jalen Ramsey*, Jacksonville Jaguars; Stephon Gilmore, New England Patriots; Denzel Ward, Cleveland Browns

Free safety: Derwin James*, Los Angeles Chargers; Eric Weddle, Baltimore Ravens

Strong safety: Jamal Adams*, New York Jets

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker: Jason Myers*, New York Jets

Long snapper: To be named by coach.

Punter: Brett Kern*, Tennessee Titans

Return specialist: Andre Roberts*, New York Jets

Special teamer: Adrian Phillips*, Los Angeles Chargers

NFC PRO BOWL ROSTER BY POSITION

OFFENSE

Wide receiver: Julio Jones*, Atlanta Falcons; Michael Thomas*, New Orleans Saints; Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings; Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers

Tackle: Tyron Smith*, Dallas Cowboys; Terron Armstead*, New Orleans Saints; Trent Williams, Washington Redskins

Guard: Zack Martin*, Dallas Cowboys; Brandon Brooks*, Philadelphia Eagles; Trai Turner, Carolina Panthers

Center: Alex Mack*, Atlanta Falcons; Max Unger, New Orleans Saints

Tight end: Zach Ertz*, Philadelphia Eagles; George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

Quarterback: Drew Brees*, New Orleans Saints; Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams; Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Running back: Todd Gurley*, Los Angeles Rams; Saquon Barkley, New York Giants; Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk*, San Francisco 49ers

DEFENSE

Defensive end: Cameron Jordan*, New Orleans Saints; DeMarcus Lawrence*, Dallas Cowboys; Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings

Interior lineman: Aaron Donald*, Los Angeles Rams; Fletcher Cox*, Philadelphia Eagles; Akiem Hicks, Chicago Bears

Outside linebacker: Khalil Mack*, Chicago Bears; Ryan Kerrigan*, Washington Redskins; Anthony Barr, Minnesota Vikings

Inside linebacker: Luke Kuechly*, Carolina Panthers; Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks

Cornerback: Kyle Fuller*, Chicago Bears; Patrick Peterson*, Arizona Cardinals; Darius Slay, Detroit Lions, Byron Jones, Dallas Cowboys

Free safety: Eddie Jackson*, Chicago Bears; Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings

Strong safety: Landon Collins*, New York Giants

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker: Aldrick Rosas*, New York Giants

Long snapper: To be named by coach

Punter: Michael Dickson*, Seattle Seahawks

Return specialist: Tarik Cohen*, Chicago Bears

Special teamer: Cory Littleton*, Los Angeles Rams

AFC PRO BOWL ROSTER BY TEAM

Baltimore Ravens (3): ILB C.J. Mosley*, FS Eric Weddle, G Marshal Yanda*

Cincinnati Bengals (1): DT Geno Atkins*

Cleveland Browns (2): DE Myles Garrett*, CB Denzel Ward

Denver Broncos (2): RB Phillip Lindsay, OLB Von Miller*

Houston Texans (4): OLB Jadeveon Clowney*, WR DeAndre Hopkins*, ILB Benardrick McKinney, DE J.J. Watt*

Indianapolis Colts (2): TE Eric Ebron, G Quenton Nelson

Jacksonville Jaguars (1): CB Jalen Ramsey*

Kansas City Chiefs (6): OT Eric Fisher, OLB Dee Ford, WR Tyreek Hill*, TE Travis Kelce*, QB Patrick Mahomes*, FB Anthony Sherman*

Los Angeles Chargers (7): WR Keenan Allen, RB Melvin Gordon, DE Melvin Ingram, FS Derwin James*, ST Adrian Phillips*, C Mike Pouncey, QB Philip Rivers

Miami Dolphins (1): CB Xavien Howard*

New England Patriots (2): QB Tom Brady, CB Stephon Gilmore

New York Jets (3): SS Jamal Adams*, K Jason Myers*, RS Andre Roberts*

Pittsburgh Steelers (6): WR Antonio Brown, RB James Conner*, G David DeCastro*, DT Cameron Heyward, C Maurkice Pouncey*, OT Alejandro Villanueva*

Tennessee Titans (3): DT Jurrell Casey*, P Brett Kern*, OT Taylor Lewan*

NFC PRO BOWL ROSTER BY TEAM

Arizona Cardinals (1): CB Patrick Peterson*

Atlanta Falcons (2): WR Julio Jones*, C Alex Mack*

Carolina Panthers (2): ILB Luke Kuechly*, G Trai Turner

Chicago Bears (5): RS Tarik Cohen*, CB Kyle Fuller*, DT Akiem Hicks, FS Eddie Jackson*, OLB Khalil Mack*

Dallas Cowboys (5): RB Ezekiel Elliott, CB Byron Jones, DE DeMarcus Lawrence*, G Zack Martin*, OT Tyron Smith*

Detroit Lions (1): CB Darius Slay

Green Bay Packers (2): WR Davante Adams, QB Aaron Rodgers

Los Angeles Rams (4): DT Aaron Donald*, QB Jared Goff, RB Todd Gurley*, ST Cory Littleton*

Minnesota Vikings (4): OLB Anthony Barr, DE Danielle Hunter, FS Harrison Smith, WR Adam Thielen

New Orleans Saints (5): OT Terron Armstead*, QB Drew Brees*, DE Jordan Cameron*, WR Michael Thomas*, C Max Unger

New York Giants (3): RB Saquon Barkley, SS Landon Collins*, K Aldrick Rosas*

Philadelphia Eagles (3): G Brandon Brooks*, DT Fletcher Cox*, TE Zach Ertz*

San Francisco 49ers (2): FB Kyle Juszczyk*, TE George Kittle

Seattle Seahawks (2): P Michael Dickson*, ILB Bobby Wagner

Washington Redskins (2): OLB Ryan Kerrigan*, OT Trent Williams

* Indicates starter

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Nick Bosa Headlines Latest ESPN 2019 Mock Draft, Two QBs In Top-10

Dec 12, 2018 10:02 AM

Todd McShay has released his latest mock draft with Nick Bosa going to the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 1 overall selection, followed by Rashan Gary of Michigan going to the San Francisco 49ers.

1. Arizona: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
2. San Francisco: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
3. Oakland: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
4. NY Jets: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
5. Atlanta: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
6. Buffalo: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
7. Jacksonville: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
8. Tampa Bay: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
9. Detroit: Josh Allen, DE/OLB, Kentucky
10. NY Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
11. Cincinnati: Devin White, LB, LSU
12. Cleveland: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
13. Washington: Cody Ford, OT Oklahoma
14. Carolina: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
15. Green Bay: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
16. Philadelphia: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
17. Miami: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
18. Denver: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
19. Indianapolis: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
20. Tennessee: Jachai Polite, OLB, Florida
21. Baltimore: Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan
22. Minnesota: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
23. Pittsburgh: Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
24. Seattle: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
25. Oakland (from Dallas): Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
26. Oakland (from Chicago): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
27. Houston: Michael Deiter, C/G, Wisconsin
28. LA Chargers: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
29. New England: Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
30. LA Rams: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

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Lions Players Confused By Practice In Snow

Nov 16, 2018 11:03 AM

The Detroit Lions practiced in the snow this week despite not having a cold-weather game scheduled for a month.

"I don't know. I mean, I'm just out there trying to stay warm, really," cornerback Darius Slay said. "Like you said, we got indoor games. Obviously, it doesn't even matter."

LeGarrette Blount hinted that the team practiced outside to prepare for future cold-weather games.

"I mean, towards the end of the season, we're going to be in Green Bay and then we're going to be in Buffalo," Blount said. "You know, so, you don't want to try and get prepared for those the week of. It's a preparation thing, so you want to be ready for those whenever the time comes. You don't want to have to wait and practice outside for two days or three days and then have to go there and it's way colder than what you expect it to be.

"So, like I said, we strap it up and we go out there and grind and whatever it is, it is, and we just got to go handle it."

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Lions Trade Golden Tate To Eagles For Third-Round Pick

Oct 30, 2018 4:06 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired Golden Tate from the Detroit Lions for a third-round pick.

Tate, 30, signed with the Lions before the 2014 season and is in the final year of his contract.

He had 90 catches in each of his four full seasons with Detroit and had 1,000 yards in three of those years.

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Lions Acquire Damon Harrison From Giants For 5th Round Pick

Oct 24, 2018 8:10 AM

The New York Giants have agreed to trade defensive tackle Damon Harrison to the Detroit Pistons for a fifth round pick.

The 29-year-old Harrison is in his seventh year in the league. He signed a five-year, $46.25 million contract with the Giants in 2016.

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Kerryon Johnson Becomes Lions' First 100-Yard Rusher Since 2013
Kerryon Johnson rushed for 101 yards in the Lions' win over the Patriots on Sunday night, breaking a streak that dated back to 2013.

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Jets Claim They Knew Matthew Stafford's Signals
The Jets claimed they knew Matthew Stafford's signals after they intercepted him four times on Monday night.

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The Essential 50 Of The 2018 NFL Season: Golden Tate
Golden Tate has exceeded expectations on his five-year, $31 million deal with the Lions and is entering his walk year.

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Ten-Year DVOA Rankings: Detroit Lions
Following their 0-16 season in 2008 and 2-14 in 2009, the Lions have firmly been a middle of the pack team.

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Ziggy Ansah Won't Get New Deal With Lions
Ziggy Ansah won't reach a new deal with the Lions before Monday's 4 p.m. ET deadline to sign franchise players, according to sources.

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Golden Tate Would 'Love To Get Something Done' With Lions
Golden Tate is scheduled to make a base salary of $7 million in the final year of the five-year, $31 million contract he signed with the Lions in free agency in 2014.

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Lions Support Matt Patricia After 1996 Assault Charge Resurfaces
The Lions released a statement late Wednesday expressing support for Matt Patricia after a sexual assault charge against him from 22 years ago resurfaced in a Detroit News story.

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Lions Trade DT Akeem Spence To Dolphins
The Lions have traded Akeem Spence to the Dolphins in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2019.

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Matt Cassel Signs With Lions
Matt Cassel was released by the Titans in March.

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Lions, DeShawn Shead Agree To One-Year, $3.5M Deal
The cornerback can earn as much as $6.5 million through playtime incentives.

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Eric Ebron Released By Lions
The Lions had tried to find a trade for the tight end, but ultimately were unsuccessful.

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DeMarco Murray Visiting With Seahawks
DeMarco Murray is also reportedly meeting with the Lions.

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Jonathan Stewart To Visit With Lions
The Lions would like to add a veteran presence to their run game and are expected to meet with Jonathan Stewart on Monday.

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Lions Place Franchise Tag On Ezekiel Ansah
The tag for defensive ends is expected to be approximately $17.5 million.

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Lions Sign Bob Quinn To Contract Extension
Bob Quinn's deal now runs through 2022 alongside Matt Patricia.

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Lions Expected To Hire Matt Patricia As Head Coach
The Lions still need to finalize contract terms with Matt Patricia after the Patriots' season ends.

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Lions Prefer Matt Patricia While He Prefers Giants' Job
Matt Patricia has been defensive coordinator of the Patriots since 2012.

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Teryl Austin Picks Bengals Over Raiders For Defensive Coordinator Job
Teryl Austin was most recently defensive coordinator of the Lions.

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Black NFL Coaches More Likely To Be Fired With Winning Record
There have only been 17 black head coaches who have coached at least one entire season but 23.5 percent of them were fired from winning teams.

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Infographic: Five Teams Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA
The Vikings, Rams, Saints, Steelers and Eagles finish the regular season in the top-10 on both offense and defense.

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