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Lions' Ansah doesn't get deal before deadline

Defensive end Ziggy Ansah did not come to an agreement with the Lions and will play with the franchise tag this season in the last year of his contract.

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Matt Patricia warns his new players

The Patriot way continues to make its way into the Motor City as new Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia levies a stern warning to his players. The Detroit Lions are not known for being a very media-friendly organization, keeping their plans fairly close to the vest. Now that they have added a Bill Belichick […] Detroit Lions: Matt Patricia warns his new players - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit Lions Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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How much will the defense actually improve?

It’s never easy changing coaches and schemes. There is little doubt the Detroit Lions will get challenged defensively in 2018. Many fans were thrilled when the Detroit Lions made Matt Patricia the head coach. His intelligence and success are through the roof, but most importantly, he’s a proven winner. Where things get thrown for a […] Detroit Lions: How much will the defense actually improve? - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit Lions Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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The Detroit Lions are not in “win now” mode

While it would make sense for the Detroit Lions to be in “win now” mode, there’s no need for them to be, and their actions show that they know that. When Jim Caldwell was hired as the Detroit Lions‘ head coach heading into the 2014 season, Lions brass told the media during his introductory press […] The Detroit Lions are not in “win now” mode - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit Lions Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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The Patriot Way has made its way to Michigan

If the arrival of the “Do Your Job” mantra wasn’t enough, the transformation of Lions players into say-nothing robots proves what many suspected would happen — new coach Matt Patricia has brought the Patriot Way to Detroit. As explained by Robert Klemko of SI.com, Lions cornerback Darius Slay flatly refused to talk about his team. [more]

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Lions DE Ansah won't get new deal, sources say

Defensive end Ziggy Ansah won't come to an agreement with the Lions and will play with the franchise tag this season in the last year of his contract, league sources say.

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Firmly on the bubble, will Ameer Abdullah make the team in Detroit?

Three years ago, the Cardinals hoped that running back Ameer Abdullah would slide to them. The Cardinals had to “settle” for David Johnson instead. They may get another chance at Abdullah. As characterized by an article appearing on the Lions’ official website (and of course that means nothing at all . . . other than [more]

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The perfect Detroit Lions for Matt Patricia’s defense

Much has been made about the new multiple defense which Matt Patricia will use, but who are the Detroit Lions perfect players to run it? The Detroit Lions now feel they are solidly in the process of building a championship team. Which would of course be, whenever it happens, their first since 1957. Over the […] The perfect Detroit Lions for Matt Patricia’s defense - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit Lions Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Extensions not expected for Ziggy Ansah, DeMarcus Lawrence

The two defensive ends among the four-man franchise tag contingent are not expected to reach long-term extension agreements with their respective teams by Monday’s deadline.Neither Ziggy Ansah nor DeMarcus Lawrence appear to be close to finalizing a deal, with Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reporting (via Twitter) that, barring a major breakthrough in talks, the veteran edge defenders look set to play this season on the tag.The Cowboys and Lawrence were reported to have discussed what it would...

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Detroit Lions Lookback: Bobby Layne, The 1952 season

This week’s Lookback remembers legendary Detroit Lions quarterback Bobby Layne and how he led the Lions to the 1952 NFL Championship. Nowadays it seems almost as if most Detroit Lions fans are leery, sarcastic and pessimistic. In our defense though, it’s not like the organization has had any sustained success in establishing a franchise that we could be […] Detroit Lions Lookback: Bobby Layne, The 1952 season - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit Lions Fan Site - News,...

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Golden Tate bothered by people bringing up his age in regard to his next contract

Wide receiver Golden Tate has made no secret of his desire to sign a new contract with the Lions this offseason, but nothing has materialized to this point. During an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio, Tate said that his greatest frustration with that state of affairs is that his age might be a factor [more]

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2018 NFC North preview: Ranking the special teams

The Lions have the best special teams unit and it’s not really close. Special teams isn’t exactly one-third of the game, like some claim it to be, but it isn’t negligible, either. Often games are won on the foot of a kicker, and games can be dramatically shifted by a huge return. But special teams can take on a more subtle, but important role. A good punt coverage team can insure that the defense is rarely put in a rough situation to start a drive. The field position battle isn’t...

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Officials discussing options to make Ford Field roof retractable

We could have outdoor Lions home games coming in the future. Ever wanted to enjoy a home Detroit Lions game with the sun beating down on the field and a cool breeze running through the stands? It sounds like that could be a possibility down the road, as Ford Field officials are currently discussing options to add a retractable roof to the stadium per The Detroit News. The plans are part of a proposal to Major League Soccer in order to make a bid for a professional soccer team in Detroit....

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Defensive line set to dominate in 2018?

The Detroit Lions defensive line was oft-injured in 2017, after some offseason moves, is the line primed to improve in 2018? We’ll get into it. The Detroit Lions are getting closer to training camp. With just a few weeks until July 27th, Kick in the Crotch Weekly (my nickname for my long-suffering Lions fandom) is […] Detroit Lions: Defensive line set to dominate in 2018? - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit Lions Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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NFC North Q&A: Who will win the division?

Aaron Rodgers is back. Does that mean the Packers will take back the division title from the Vikings? Our division reporters make their predictions.

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Detroit Lions defensive line: Less defined roles in 2018

Despite possessing many of the same players, Detroit Lions fans can expect the unexpected when it comes to their defensive line in 2018. Not much has changed when it comes to the Detroit Lions defensive line. Obviously, losing All-Pro defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to the Philadelphia Eagles via free agency is a major blow. But […] Detroit Lions defensive line: Less defined roles in 2018 - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit Lions Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Was Rob Gronkowski the missing piece?

There are many who believe the Detroit Lions blundered by not acquiring Rob Gronkowski this offseason but was it really a mistake? The Detroit Lions have filled several holes on their roster this offseason, but there are two positions that have the local fan base and media up in arms; tight end and the defensive line. […] Detroit Lions: Was Rob Gronkowski the missing piece? - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit Lions Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Former Lions head coach Darryl Rogers dies at age 83

The former Lions coach died peacefully in his sleep. Former Detroit Lions head coach Darryl Rogers passed away this Wednesday at the age of 83. Rogers was the Lions’ head coach from 1985 until he was fired during the middle of the 1988 season. Prior to landing the Lions job, Rogers was also the head coach of the Michigan State Spartans, earning a 24-18-2 record in East Lansing from 1976 to 1979. Rogers died in his sleep on Wednesday in Fresno, California. Detroit Lions owner Martha Ford...

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NFC North Q&A: Who will be the division MVP?

The last time Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone, he came back the next season and won NFL MVP. Will history repeat itself in 2018?

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Former MSU, ASU and Lions coach Rogers dies

Darryl Rogers, who coached Michigan State to a share of the Big Ten title in 1978 and later took the helm for the Detroit Lions, has died. He was 83. Rogers also coached at Arizona State, Fresno State and San Jose State.

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