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Xiomera
05-05-2009, 10:34 PM
http://davebirkett.blogspot.com/

http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2009/05/larry_foote_says_he_has_agreed.html


Anyone else wanna switch to a 3-4 now?

I DO!

eeth
05-05-2009, 10:36 PM
Hopefully he will do well in a 4-3, but your enthusiasm is noted :)

Scotty D
05-05-2009, 10:45 PM
Solid solid signing. Love it.

Probably have Levy take over next year.

ironman4579
05-05-2009, 10:56 PM
http://davebirkett.blogspot.com/

http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2009/05/larry_foote_says_he_has_agreed.html


Anyone else wanna switch to a 3-4 now?

I DO!

It's kind of funny, in a very sad way, that after how many years of trying (and failing) to run a Tampa 2, we probably have better 3-4 personnel than Tampa 2 personnel as a whole.

Whitebull
05-06-2009, 08:27 AM
I'm very very happy about Foote signing.

He's a physical downhill linebacker who should really help the run defense up the middle. We've got Ernie and even Delmas to track down guys sideline to sideline, we really shouldn't be easy to run against anymore.

Besides that though, he was raised up as a 4th rounder in a great organization, has 2 rings and knows what it takes to win and be a good player, I think he can set a real good example and be a real effective leader in the locker room. And unlike some acquisitions we've had in the past, he's still young enough to be effective on the field giving him some credibility with the current players. From the outside looking in, I like what we have in the locker room right now. Just need more talent.

DETROIT BADBOY
05-06-2009, 08:41 AM
i like the signing as its only one year and he cant be worse than what we have but ..i think its ben over hyped im not sure he is as good as eveyone thinks he was surrounded by talent at michigan and in pittsburg... i dont he is the type to stand out on a bad team..and i think all the losing could make him turn negitive and give up ..he has always won never played on bad teams.. i dont think he will like it

terribletowel39
05-06-2009, 08:54 AM
i like the signing as its only one year and he cant be worse than what we have but ..i think its ben over hyped im not sure he is as good as eveyone thinks he was surrounded by talent at michigan and in pittsburg... i dont he is the type to stand out on a bad team..and i think all the losing could make him turn negitive and give up ..he has always won never played on bad teams.. i dont think he will like it
You sir, are incorrect.

You guys are getting a fantastic, reliable, and consistent player. He was my favorite player on the Steelers. He will improve your defense as soon as he steps on the field. And right now, I would say he is probably your best defender, granted, I'm not completely up on who the Lions have starting. Even when he starts loosing, he won't just quit, he isn't like that. He wanted to come play for the Lions. He knows what he is getting into. He doesn't expect to go 15-1 and into the playoffs. He just wants to play for his hometown team. You guys are lucky. Because that alone will make him give 110% all the time.

I will miss seeing #50 out on the field.

DoWnThEfiElD
05-06-2009, 08:55 AM
Wow we may actually win a game or two this year. The new GM and coaching staff better take it easy. They are acting as if they know what they are doing....

DETROIT BADBOY
05-06-2009, 08:58 AM
well thats good to hear coming from a pit fan...so i guess them getting rid of him is more of a refection on how good timmons is??

terribletowel39
05-06-2009, 09:03 AM
well thats good to hear coming from a pit fan...so i guess them getting rid of him is more of a refection on how good timmons is??
Yea, thats for sure why they got rid of him. And cap space. Foote held Timmons off (mainly) last year due to Timmons not completely knowing the playbook.

Timmons is the most explosive player on our team. He can cover the slot and RB. He sometimes plays the safety spot at 240 lbs. He is the future. He still needs to improve a good bit to be on Foote's level of run defense but obviously they see it as the rest of his upside is better than Foote. And I would agree. Remember, I said he was my favorite, not the best. haha

Foote is still ultra solid and you are getting a really really good player.

Calvin & Kevin
05-06-2009, 10:33 AM
Anyway I don't think the Lions are depending on him to be a Ray Lewis type of "stand out" player as badboy suggests... Schwartz's scheme in Tennessee didn't emphasize the MLB that way, as we've all remarked over the last few months.

Also I don't worry about him being a personality problem at all. If the Lions' locker room is still a terrible atmosphere as it's been in the past, and Schwartz can't fix it, everyone will be a problem. If, as has been said, it started to turn around under Marinelli and Schwartz can complete the transformation, then Foote will see that and fit right in. So either way, he's the least of our concerns personality-wise.

It goes without saying that Foote is a major upgrade from Cody Spencer and Chris Graham (and Lenon) and having a solid veteran is a better situation that throwing a rookie convert from OLB in there.

Probably he took the one-year deal because instead of haggling over the Lions' 2-year offer which was probably low, he agreed to take one year to show what he can offer and hope to re-sign later.

thenewfeature06
05-06-2009, 10:39 AM
Sims Peterson and now Foote, it is very interesting to see how these players will play along side one another and develop chemistry on the other side of the ball

Maybe Next Year Millen2
05-06-2009, 12:30 PM
Great move. This guy will do the dirty work and can sort through trash and shed some blocks. Our LB core is so improved now with Peterson and Foote over Lenon and Nece LOL, its not even funny. Its more than respectable. And it seems like we still have a plan for Levy so that is good we have a plan.

7 new starters on D? Grady Jackson,Foote,Peterson,Buchanon,Henry,Delmas and Fluellen stepping in for Redding. Along with Sims,Bullocks,White/Avril and DeVries. And a new nickel in Eric King. Talk about turnover. If these guys are as bad as the Lions D last year then I won't know what to say, but 7 new starters gives me some hope. We really don't know what we have, definitley not top 10, but there can be optimism on top of new coaching.

ESPforMe
05-06-2009, 12:43 PM
Love it. With all the moves so far I think the defense make actually be decent or at least not be all time bad.

lionsfan81
05-06-2009, 01:19 PM
Wearing #55, taking it from Zach Follett

detroit4life
05-06-2009, 02:04 PM
he also brings a winning attitude into a locker room full of guys who havent won in a while. I think he will be a great mentor to our younger guys on defense. If he can carry over the attitude it seems like the pitt defense has in terms of hard work and discipline it will be very good for us.

Also it gives us a very good LB core lets just hope our Dline keeps the oline off of them

terribletowel39
05-06-2009, 02:06 PM
Wearing #55, taking it from Zach Follett
Who wears #50 for the Lions?? Strange after playing with Joey Porter he would take his number??

FlyingElvis
05-06-2009, 02:21 PM
I wanted to see NE go after Foote, as did a most of the Pats fans on the board. He is exactly the type of ILB we need beside Mayo.

Timmons is a sick defender and made Larry expendable, but it should in no way be considered a reflection of Foote's abilities.

Dare I say the Lions look to be making huge strides towards a major turn around season? I'll continue to hold out hope for Lions fans. The only franchise I don't mind wallowing in the waters of shame is the Raiders, and even there it's only b/c of Al Davis. Though I guess I'd be ok with the Jets being a joke every year, too. ;)

BRAVEHEART
05-06-2009, 02:33 PM
Awesome!!!

ESimsfan87
05-06-2009, 05:34 PM
Who wears #50 for the Lions?? Strange after playing with Joey Porter he would take his number??

Aw...come on man.

That was a low blow.

His 2008 campaign was terrible but #50 is Ernie Sims.

DoWnThEfiElD
05-06-2009, 05:41 PM
On the team website it says he will be 55.

This is a great signing, finally someone who didn't use to play for the Tampa Bay Bucs..

Iamcanadian
05-06-2009, 06:44 PM
Sorry but I'm not overly exciterd to pick up a castoff from the Steelers. They don't release solid football players for nothing. They obviously feel it won't be that difficult to replace him.
Foote is an average football player who maybe can provide a little leadership on a young defense but nobody will ever mistake him for an impact player.
If improving from below average to average is a real upgrade so be it but it is hardly exciting. The 1 year contract obviously indicates the Lions aren't sure how well he will fit in their defensive scheme and it is quite possible he doesn't make it out of training camp if he cannot adjust to a 4-3 defense from a 3-4 defense.

brat316
05-06-2009, 06:55 PM
Yeah...I wonder how well he can translate from 3-4 to 4-3. Also Jim's defense doesn't depend on the MLb that heavily, more on the 4 man rush and the Olbs.

WMD
05-06-2009, 07:41 PM
I'm not terribly excited over it, but I think it's a good move. He's better than anyone we could've put on the field this year at the MLB spot.

familyguy555
05-06-2009, 08:16 PM
Wow I'm thrilled with Mayhew so far, but maybe it's because I'm just used to the Millen era.

Brodeur
05-06-2009, 09:56 PM
Even if he fails, it's still a low-risk contract so I love the signing just for that.

ironman4579
05-06-2009, 10:02 PM
Yea, thats for sure why they got rid of him. And cap space. Foote held Timmons off (mainly) last year due to Timmons not completely knowing the playbook.

Timmons is the most explosive player on our team. He can cover the slot and RB. He sometimes plays the safety spot at 240 lbs. He is the future. He still needs to improve a good bit to be on Foote's level of run defense but obviously they see it as the rest of his upside is better than Foote. And I would agree. Remember, I said he was my favorite, not the best. haha

Foote is still ultra solid and you are getting a really really good player.

The baby god LaMarr Woodley will crush your soul for this.

ironman4579
05-06-2009, 10:17 PM
Well, he's only going to be 29 this year, so at least he's probably still got something in the tank. Over the last 5 seasons as a starter he's averaged 81 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 PD's, 1 FF, and 1 FR. If he can put up anything like that this season, I'll honestly be very happy with the deal.

terribletowel39
05-06-2009, 11:12 PM
The baby god LaMarr Woodley will crush your soul for this.
He isn't better than Woodley, just more explosive.

Although sorry to say, he does have potential to be the best LBer on the Steelers.

ironman4579
05-06-2009, 11:17 PM
He isn't better than Woodley, just more explosive.

Although sorry to say, he does have potential to be the best LBer on the Steelers.

Woodley is on his way to your house. ;)

Addict
05-07-2009, 12:22 AM
Sims-Foote-Peterson...

that sounds like a semi-respectable unit.

Don't tell me we cut Zach Follett though, that would suck.

Jakey
05-07-2009, 05:53 AM
Good signing for teh Lions! Foote, Simms and Peterson compliment each other really well imo. Simms is the sideline to sideline guy, Foote is the thumper in the middle (but he also has very underrated range), and Peterson is the all round great player. If i was a lions fan, i'd be very pleased with the state of your linebacking core.

ironman4579
05-07-2009, 08:19 AM
Sims-Foote-Peterson...

that sounds like a semi-respectable unit.

Don't tell me we cut Zach Follett though, that would suck.

It could actually be a good unit if Ernie can learn to play within the damn defense for once. He's regressed so badly since his rookie year it's ridiculous. If he can just stop overrunning everyfrickinthing and improve his tackling and pass defense (I know, it's kind of alot to ask from a guy that's been in the league a few years), the LB unit might actually be a strength of the defense. If Ernie has another bad year and keeps running himself out of plays left and right and missing tackles, it's not going to matter how good the other two play.

Prowler
05-07-2009, 11:05 AM
hopefully foote will put his foot up ernie's a** and keep him in check.