For every personal foul committed by a Detroit Lion, the whole team will run three half-gassers. Sideline and back. Sideline and back. Sideline and back.
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz must have minded the team’s 11 penalties for 88 yards a little more than he let on after the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.
“The league’s out of control with some of these fines,” placekicker David Akers said. “It’s like it’s Monopoly money, it’s not real. That’s a lot of money.”
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh apologized to his teammates for the low block penalty that wiped out the “six” of a pick six by Detroit’s DeAndre Levy.
After dropping a pass that turned into an interception in the the Detroit Lions’ last preseason game, wide receiver Nate Burleson pledged on Twitter that he would not drop another pass and that if he did he would give $100 to an elementary school for every drop of the season.
With Thursday’s game being deemed the most important of the preseason, how the offense performs against the Patriots Thursday will set the tone. Burleson is confident it will be a positive one.
When it comes to creating the kind of quality depth needed to sustain a team throughout the next 17 weeks, however, preseason games are crucial.
“I think everybody knows he’s quite the dual threat and that’s exactly what we need on this type of offense.”
“Megatron” himself explained one area he has been working on – seeing the field more like quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Nate Burleson and Ryan Broyles are competing for playing time at wide receiver.