Welcome to Detroit! Wow I like this move! He will be an impact and be able to teach Suh/McCoy!
this may be of some local interest
really impressed with the moves the lions have made today
UH OH LIONS ARE PLAYERS THIS YEAR WE'RE GOING PLACES.
Visions of Vanden Bosch and Suh are dancing in my head like candy canes...are the Lions really doing this??
Maybe the Lions should get more Vander Vanden's and play some games in West Michigan?
I already found hotels in Dallas and am in the middle of purchasing Super Bowl tickets if any mgobloggers were interested.
I actually have heard of the three guys they've picked up.
Just be cautious with Vandenbosch. He played next to Hayneworth for a few of his years, and DE's after 30 tend to drop-off (from what I've been reading). I'm very happy we got the guy, he seems like a tough sonofabitch which is what we need. Put Suh up there with him...
Now all we need are some CBs, since we have zero of starting caliber :)
I heard a rumor that the 15th and 30th fan through the turnstiles at every home game get to start at CB for the Lions.
Do the Lions get 15 fans to come to home games?
Best part is that he has no connection to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' bench. It was once a prerequisite.
Lions > Redskins
thinks that mayhew wanted to punch millen in the face all of those times that he would sign 3rd stringers from TB??? in 2 years mayhew has already proved that he knows what he is doing...
in Tecmo Super Bowl. He'd always lead the league in interceptions and interception returns for TDs, the latter being my only goal in life when I was 8.
12-52 since 2006.
You would think in a league that promotes "any given Sunday" as a motto a team would luck its way into more than 3 wins per year...
another good move by Mayhew imo. Another thing I like is that Schwartz seems to have excellent rapport with his former players. Best of luck to VandenBosch and the Lions!
Who do these guys think they are....I mean trying to WIN games. What a strange phenomenon!
KVB's production has been poor the last two years, I think like 3-4 sacks each year vs, 12 or so the years before, and he's 31. That said, he's got to be better than what the Lions have now, so there's that.
that he always seems to be hurt. They forked out a lot of $$$ for an aging, injury prone DE and a WR(Burleson) who doesn't impress me at all. Personally, I don't like signing guys based on a decent year when they haven't done much the rest of their careers. If you throw out 2008 when Nate missed most of the season he's averaged roughly 500 yards a season despite having 1,000+ and 800+ yard seasons with 4 years of crap in between.
I don't think they're looking to sign a star receiver. I think they're just trying to get viable options who can take some pressure off of Calvin Johnson and help out a young QB.
...but with the stipulation that this doesn't solve their DE issues in anything but the shortest of terms. I imagine he'll be servicable - not elite probowl passrushing good but servicable - the next one or two years while the Lions hopefully draft another DE. The guy knows the system and knows how to work. Hopefully that rubs off on the younger guys.
Yes, he is older and yes his production without Haynesworth. But he is infinitely better than what they had last year. It gives the Lions time to develop younger players while having a guy known for being a good influence in the lockerroom.
This isn't Reggie White going to the Packers, but it is a significant upgrade. if the Lions add Suh or McCoy he will have that impact DT to work with again.
The fact is you can rip any signing a team makes. Peppers is 31 as well and he was not as productive last year. I don't see anyone ripping the Bears pursuit of him.
BTW, ends who play with power like Vandenbosch tend to last longer than pure speed guys. KVB is a powerend. He can bullrush or hold up vs the run.
Theres really no surefire guys in FA this year outside of maybe Dunta Robinson. This years class is older than any other that I can remember.
TJ looks like he will be the next to sign. Mayhew is really building a strong class that gives us flexibility in the draft
I really like this new "culture" that Jim Schwartz is bringing to the lions even though they didn't win much more they competed in more games and showed some improvement, and he knows how defense works
The Lions are seeming competent! (Everyone beware of flying monkeys!) Vandenbosch may not be in his prime anymore, but is still an upgrade over anyone else at DE. Burleson is never going to be confused with Randy Moss, but he's at least a legit #2 WR who has a few years left. And how can you complain about the Corey Williams trade? Getting a starter quality DT plus a 7th rd. pick for a 5th rd. pick is a steal.
Honestly, this is the most excited I've been about the Lions prospects in several years!
As others have pointed out, the Lions went out and made name splashes in free agency for the first time in awhile. Vandenbosch is an older DE thats production has feel off w/o Haynesworth and hes had injury concerns. Burleson had 2 good years in Minnesota and then got lost in Seattle with injury concerns. Corey Williams is a wildcard. He was a good player for the Packers when he was next to Kampman and Pickett. Then he got traded to Cleveland (thanks for the 2nd round pick Browns!) and never stood out.
While they went after alot of big name guys, I'm not sure that they didnt just go out and throw money at guys with alot of risk. This might turn into a Redskin class that never achieves anything and ties up alot of money.
I like the pickup, we should have a decent defensive line this year!