Lions vs Rams ... it's football!
What a relaxing day to watch the Lions take on the Dolphins...
The Lions just announced their 53-man roster, and Jake Rudock has been waived. Best of luck elsewhere, and at the very least he won't have to worry about paying for medical school.
Just watching this game, and noticing how little Jabrill is involved in it. He is lined up as a true free safety. The perfect position for him is at nickel corner or some sort of hybrid space player as he was used in college. That way he could be closer to the line of scrimmage and play the run more often. When he was at Michigan it felt like he was involved in almost every play. For Cleveland, he is just a bystander...
It's possible that Cleveland doesn't have the right personnel to compliment him so Williams has to use him in a way that doesn't take advantage of his skillset but still, to line him up as a free safety? It's a waste of his abilities.
Interesting article highlighting the advantages Jake Rudock has in Lion's training camp:
Jake Rudock’s one year of experience in offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter’s system has given him a big edge in his competition with rookie Brad Kaaya, according to Detroit Lions senior writer Tim Twentyman.
Apparently he has picked up the Offensive scheme, and is performing well in the backup role:
“Rudock’s experience and knowledge of Jim Bob Cooter’s scheme is light years ahead of Kaaya’s right now, and that’s shown on the field in minicamp,” Twentyman wrote. “Rudock appears to have clearly established himself as the No. 2 quarterback heading into training camp.”
Hopefully, he can continue to remain ahead of the pack as the article highlights what lurks behind him:
Kaaya’s a more physically gifted quarterback, and if he can improve as quickly within the system as Rudock did this time last year, it could be a much closer race at the end of training camp than it was at the beginning.
Seeing as this blog caters to a lot of Michigan residents and that we might be in need of some positive football news...with Washington defeating Minnesota and Tennessee throttling Green Bay, the Lions are in first place of the NFC North (holding the tiebreaker over Minnesota).
After losing Calvin Johnson to retirement, I certainly did not think that the Lions would find themselves in this position ~half-way through the season. They obviously have some huge flaws and have lost several games that they had no business losing, but for now I will relish in their glory. I'm also aware that this post will likely jinx them for the remainder of the season.
USA Today put together a list of the top coaches in the NFL.
Normally, I don't give much thought to these type of faux ranking lists, but I found it interesting to see where the Lions' Jim Caldwell ranked.
He is not much higher than several first-year head coaches, sitting at 25th.
Curious as to your take on the job Jim has done, and where you feel he should be ranked out of 32 NFL head coaches.
Also, this GIF is magical: