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ENEMY LINES
Jeffri Chadiha
September 02, 2002
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Lions
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September 02, 2002

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Lions

"The Lions have more speed, especially on offense. Az Hakim gives them a deep threat, and Bill Schroeder will get downfield, but they don't have that big, physical guy for the intermediate routes. If you don't have somebody working underneath, it doesn't matter how fast your receivers are, because they won't get open....

I don't know if their quarterbacks will be effective. They're athletic guys who can run around and make something happen, but they have a lot of growing to do....

The offensive line is strong at center and left tackle. After that, everybody else is average or worse....

They're going to miss David Sloan. Mikhael Ricks isn't the answer at tight end....

If Luke Staley is healthy, he could help their offense because he's a good receiver out of the backfield. James Stewart really doesn't fit what they want to do....

I like their front four. Luther Elliss and Shaun Rogers play hard, and Robert Porcher is still an effective pass rusher....

Detroit lost its most productive linebacker, Stephen Boyd, and bringing in Brian Williams didn't help them much. He has a bad knee. Chris Claiborne has a lot of talent, but he needs to become a better student of the game....

At this point in his career Todd Lyght is best-suited to be a third or fourth cornerback....

The Lions will win more games than last year, but not that many. They just need a lot more help."

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