November 22, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 6 comments

What does it do to the internal organs of NoMich when the Lions play the Panthers and someone has to lose?

posted by beaverboard at 05:51 PM on November 22, 2020

Well, the Lions getting shut out by a team without their two best players seems to be keeping the natural order of the NFL in line, so I'm all good. /sigh Why did the Lions fire Jim Caldwell again?

posted by NoMich at 07:31 PM on November 22, 2020

Think of the shutout as the team doing a public service on behalf of its fans. If the Texans beat the Loins decisively on Thursday, then the Matt Patricia situation should be more than clarified.

Maybe even clarified enough for the shilly-shallying Ford family.

Hard to believe that when I was a kid, Firestone was known for their "rubber meets the road" ad campaign. Martha Firestone Ford fell a country mile from that apple tree.

posted by beaverboard at 07:57 PM on November 22, 2020

I think today may have been the last straw no matter how things shake out on Thursday. Should never have hired that dude in the first place. How much of that tire and car money will get thrown at Jim Harbaugh in a month from now?

posted by NoMich at 09:19 PM on November 22, 2020

Isn't that a frightening thought? The word has pretty well fanned out to all corners about Harbaugh's issues by this point, but that may not stop the Fords from rushing in where angels fear to tread. They seem determined to learn things the hard way.

A lot of GM's understood that Patricia wasn't head coaching material when he got off the plane wearing a Goodell clown T shirt after the Pats beat the Falcons in the Super Bowl, but that didn't derail the Lions front office's headlong pursuit of mediocrity.

posted by beaverboard at 12:37 AM on November 23, 2020

From today's Athletic:

[The Lions] are now 13-28-1 under Patricia, the 27th-best record in the league during that span. The Lions were 36-28 under predecessor Jim Caldwell, the 12th-best mark from 2014-17.

posted by NoMich at 01:18 PM on November 23, 2020

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