Without that bulletin board material, do they win? Which players or coaches read the blog? Who took it the most personally?
Dalton: They absolutely read our blog. My sources around the league tell me that our blog is the quickest growing blog in NFL locker rooms. They do NOT win if we dont write that blog. Pen is mightier than the sword and this pen went in there and stabbed everyone in the ass. Jim Caldwell 100% reads the blog. Did you see that emotion on the sideline when Detroit recovered the fumble? That’s the reaction of a man who knows that the local media is calling for his job.
Tim: Also, how does the Lions defense continue to produce turnovers?
Dalton: This is the biggest enigma of the defense so far this year. Before Sunday, the Lions only had one take away. They can’t get any pressure on the QB, Nevin Lawson is a garbage defender (hopefully he reads this), and without Levy the linebacking corps is too slow to do anything. Somehow though, Darius Slay forced two turnovers at the end of that game against the Eagles. I’m not sure how this team will consistently produce turnovers but with the absence of Levy and Ansah, someone is going to have to step up.
Tim: Why do the Lions have stretches of the game where they simply do nothing on offense? Do you attribute it to the defense or Lions offense?
Dalton: I attribute it to the coaching staff. The first couple drives in a game are 80% planned out in the week’s preparation coming into the game. It is when those drives are over and coaching staffs start to make changes is where we see the Lions’ offense go stagnant. JBC has to get better at in-game adjustments and if he can’t get better at it, then Jim Caldwell needs to take over.
Dalton: Jeff Fisher is known as the ultimate .500 coach. The Lions are known for losing the most winnable of games. Are our brains about to explode with mediocrity?
Tim: This reeks of one of those classic 12-7 Lions wins where we’ll all be happy when it’s over and pissed that we sat through the snorefest. My brain hasn’t recovered from the last explosion, which occurred during HBO’s Hard Knocks when Will Hayes of the LA Rams kept insisting dinosaurs were fake, yet that he believed in mermaids. Maybe he was just playing it up for the cameras (my GOD I hate how players do this on Hard Knocks), but it was still dumb and annoying. Also, I feel like Jeff Fisher has not only been mediocre as a football coach, but as a mulleted man. Sir, I don’t care how much gel you use on the sides or how you coif the front, it’s a mullet. And if you’re rocking a mullet, rock it with pride.
Dalton: Laken Tomlinson has been trash. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. He is only in his second year though. How many more games does the coaching staff have to see him fail in order to search for a long term solution?
Tim: Look, being an offensive lineman sucks. One time I messed up and my coach exclaimed “BARNUM! You’re going to get someone killed!” It really upset me, but it also motivated me to be a better blocker. I feel Ron Prince should try yelling that to Tomlinson, and then if that doesn’t work, make sure he reads this blog. Then, if he still continues to be a problem, look elsewhere. I mean, truth be told, do we really need a “long term solution” at guard? Find a guy who works for a few years and I’ll be happy. You’re never going to have complete roster stability throughout the depth chart.
Dalton: If the Lions win this game, are they back in playoff talk?
Tim: You mean “When.” And no. Not from me, at least.
Tim: I’m also interested to hear your thoughts on Fisher’s hair. Is that a mullet?
Dalton: Absolutely not a mullet. Mike Gundy, certified man, has a mullet. Fisher is sticking with his .500 like ways and not fully committing to bad haircut or mullet.