Detroit Lions: Biggest Concern after 2 Preseason Games Offensive Line

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During the off season I was not too concerned when I heard Gosder Cherilus was not going to be brought back by the Detroit Lions.  The concern level went up however when Jeff  Backus decided to retire, and it hit a critical level when the top three tackles were taken before they drafted in this years draft.  With the tackles off the board I was concerned they would just go with what they have, and they did surprise me when they drafted Larry Warford.  Stephen Peterman was a veteran but his many mistakes were very damaging to the offense.

I have watched the first two preseason games and my concerns have not been calmed.  The first team offense has not scored a single touchdown, and as we learned last year with the NY Jets when they did not score any touchdowns in the preseason this does not bode well for the regular season.  They finally have a running back to take advantage of the space Calvin Johnson provides in Reggie Bush however it does not matter if the offensive line cannot block anyone.  We are going to go with two tackles who have one game starting experience between them.

The people who complained about Jeff Backus are gonna wish he was still playing.  Their line while not being the best the last couple of years was serviceable.  This years version is lining up to be less than serviceable.  There are more questions than answers, they have four questions and one answer.  The answer is Rob Sims he is a veteran guard and does an incredible job.  Dominic Raiola, Reilly Reiff, Dylan Gandy, and Jason Fox are all question marks.  I was so for the signing of Bush but it will be very frustrating watching a corvette of an offense look like a fusion.  I pray to be wrong about this but it may be another very long year to be a Lions Fan.

Topics: Detroit Lions, Offensive Line, Riley Reiff

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  • W D

    Mind you that’s just with Reiff going against backup on teams thin at DE so far. Wait until we see the defensive ends and outside linebackers Fox and Reiff are up against this season. This might be the hardest edge rush schedule in the NFL- Tuck and JPP, Demarcus Ware, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, Jared Allen, Coles and Babin, Brian Orakpo, Dwight Freeney, etc. Every team except one or two on our schedule has defensive ends or OLB’s that were featured in the NFL’s Top 100. That’s a hard lineup even by veteran tackle standards.

    • W D

      Stafford is going to have to step up into the pocket, scan the field well, and deliver quickly and effectively this season or it’s over. Considering his tunnel vision habit of focusing on one receiver each play this could create an enormous amount of coverage sacks and frustration.

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