Tracking Detroit Lions free agency moves: Let the rebuild begin
Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams (30) celebrates a touchdown off a throw by quarterback Aaron Rodgers during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
The Lions not landing hometown favorite Robert Saleh is classic Lions
Saleh was the favorite to become the next head coach of the Detroit Lions. We don’t know if Saleh didn’t want the Lions job, or if the Lions weren’t interested in Saleh, but either way -- not being able to land Saleh is just classic Lions. No, I’m still very much attached.”If Robert Saleh interviewed with the Lions and decided it wasn’t the right situation for him -- then fine. Related: Bipartisan Michigan lawmakers endorse Robert Saleh as next Lions coachIf the Lions passed on Saleh, that’s an entirely different issue. Saleh is off to the Jets and the Lions are losing out on top candidates for head coach.
Detroit Lions GM, head coach search: Where things stand
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)The search for a new Detroit Lions general manager and head coach is heating up. The Lions have confirmed several candidates to replace former general manager Bob Quinn and former head coach Matt Patricia, as interviews pick up following the end of the NFL regular season. Former NFL executive Scott Pioli interviewed the week of Dec. 21Former Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff interviewed the week of Dec. 21. Former Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis interviewed the week of Jan. 4. Interim Lions head coach Darrell Bevell will interview for the job the week of Jan. 4.
Report: Robert Saleh is a finalist for Jets head coaching job
(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)DETROIT – A favorite to land the Detroit Lions head coaching job is reportedly a finalist for another team. San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh is reportedly a finalist for the head coaching job with the New York Jets. As the #Jets narrow their list of head coaching candidates, they are flying in #49ers DC Robert Saleh for a second interview today, per me and @MikeGarafolo. San Francisco went 13-3 last season and had a 10-point fourth-quarter lead in the Super Bowl before losing to the Chiefs. He is 41 years old and considered one of the top head coaching candidates on the market.
Detroit Lions defeat Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
DETROIT – The Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons have had their share of mishaps in the fourth quarter lately, so it was no surprise when their game against each other was full of them. Ultimately, the Lions prevailed 23-22 on Matthew Stafford’s 11-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Hockenson with no time remaining, but the victory wasn’t secure until Matt Prater made the extra point, and he had to kick it from 15 yards further back because of a penalty. It looked like Detroit might not get the ball back at all, but Atlanta’s Todd Gurley scored a touchdown with 1:04 left when the Falcons could have run the clock all the way down for a winning field goal. Atlanta went ahead 22-16, but Stafford had the ball back and drove the Lions to victory. READ MORE: Local and national sports headlines
Stafford, Swift, Lions protect big lead, pound Jaguars 34-16
This was a victory the Detroit Lions probably needed more than they would admit. Detroit (2-3) made this one look easy, somewhat surprising considering the Lions had lost six straight in which they led by double digits. SOCIAL INJUSTICEAs they’ve done all season, players from Detroit and Jacksonville remained in their locker rooms for the national anthem. The Lions had 30 players lined up along the goal line for the anthem, with seven of them — including Stafford — taking a knee. UP NEXTThe Lions play next Sunday at Atlanta, which has won four of the last five meetings.
Detroit Lions lose to New Orleans Saints at Ford Field
DETROIT – The Detroit Lions lost to the New Orleans Saints at Ford Field Sunday. It was initially unclear if the game would take place after New Orleans Saints fullback Michael Burton tested positive for COVID-19, but the game took place after a second COVID-19 test administered came back negative. MORE: Saints score 5 straight TDs in 35-29 win over LionsThe final score was 35 to 29. READ MORE: Local and national sports headlines