Detroit Lions Offense, Joe Lombardi’s Play Calling, DEA Inspections and more…


The Detroit Lions loss to the Arizona Cardinals had the media buzzing about the lack of offensive potency.

There are two factions in the Detroit Lions offense debate. On one hand you have the Matt Stafford haters who think the former first round pick lacks the skill set to get his team to the next level. On the other hand you have those who blame offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi’s play calling for the Detroit Lions inability to score a touchdown in the desert.

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The Matt Stafford haters cite the fact that the Lions quarterback is rated 23rd among NFL passers.  The Joe Lombardi haters cite the questionable play calls in short yardage situations when the Lions failed to move the chains.

Meanwhile while fans and pundits were raging.  The DEA questioned Detroit Lions physicians in a random audit of NFL teams prescription drug policies.

All of these links and much more on the Detroit Lions football edition of the Detroit Jock City Morning Drive.

From The Freep: No Excuse For The Detroit Lions Lack Of Offense

"The script looked teasingly familiar. If the Detroit Lions could stay reasonably close to Arizona in the final minutes, they would magically awaken from their long offensive slumber with a stirring late comeback that would test everyone’s cardiac resilience. But resuscitative efforts failed this time."

From MLive: Jim Caldwell Pleased With Joe Lombardi’s Play Calling

"The Lions offensive production continues to dwindle, even as the unit returns to health. But head coach Jim Caldwell adamantly says the unit is headed in the right direction, and continues to support the playcalling of coordinator Joe Lombardi."

From Calvin Johnson Injured Elbow In Loss

"The injury kept Johnson in the locker room after most of the team left University of Phoenix Stadium following Detroit’s 14-6 loss in Arizona. It’s not clear at what point during the game the injury occurred, but Johnson said it didn’t influence his performance and downplayed its significance. “I’ll be all right,” he said."

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  • From the Freep: Eric Ebron Returns to Line-Up

    "The Lions were struggling to move the ball, but cornerback Cassius Vaughn had just picked off Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton to give Detroit outstanding field position at Arizona’s 19-yard line with 1:52 left before intermission. Facing a third-and-5, Ebron hauled in a short pass and appeared to fall just beyond the sticks at the 9-yard line. But the referees ruled Ebron down at the 10, and the spot was upheld after a review."

    From The Washington Post: DEA Inspects Detroit Lions Among Other Teams

    "Five NFL teams that were subject to surprise inspections by Drug Enforcement Administration agents following their games on Sunday described the questioning as brief and straightforward, and said no arrests were made. As the teams returned to their football seasons, federal agents added to the paperwork in their months-long investigation into the way NFL franchises store, prescribe, track and distribute prescription medications and other controlled substances."