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    Originally posted by NFS.com
    A Change in the Lions' Management

    March 4, 2008

    By TIM E. COLLINS
    NATIONAL FOOTBALL SOURCE WRITER

    I guess the job wasn't secure after all.

    A year after publicly stating that Detroit Lions President and CEO Matt Millen's job "isn't - and wasn't" in jeopardy, William Clay Ford, owner of the Detroit Lions, released the 4-time Super Bowl winner from the position.

    "We would like the team to move in a different direction," Ford said. "Matt loves winning and has a strong passion for the game, and I wish him success in the future."

    The move came as a breath of fresh air to many Detroit Lions fans, who have been demanding a change since the "Joey Harrington" - "Steve Mariucci" era.

    "This needed to happen for the franchise to be successful." stated Ian Andrews, a Lions fan originating from Ontario, Canada. "Matt Millen made a few poor decisions, and the franchise has suffered from it. The sooner a change happened, the better... eh?"

    It's rumored that three "internet bloggers" - Xiomera, Scotty D and TacticaLion - will replace Matt Millen as the Lions' President(s) and GM(s) for the 2008 season.
    That being said...

    Welcome to the Detroit Lions 2008 (mock) Offseason Thread!

    As you may (or may not) know, Xiomera, Scotty D and myself (the "Three Headed Michigan Man") are representing the Detroit Lions for the NFLDC Forum Mock Offseason. This mock includes trades and the 2008 NFL Draft.

    We'll update this thread with proposed/approved trades, draft selections and information from the mock. Please give input and make suggestions as desired.

    Trade Statistics
    Approved: 6
    Denied: 0
    Pending: 0

    Current Draft Pick Status:
    Round 1 - Pick 12 (12): Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC
    Round 3 - Pick 12 (76):
    Round 4 - Pick 12 (108):
    Round 4 - Pick 15 (111) (from Jaguars):
    Round 5 - Pick 12 (140):
    Round 6 - Pick 18 (178) (from Texans):
    Round 7 - Pick 12 (204):

    Current Offseason Roster:
    (Red - acquired through trade / Blue - acquired through draft.)

    Offense:

    QB: Jon Kitna / Drew Stanton / Dan Orlovsky / J.T. O'Sullivan
    RB: Kevin Jones / Tatum Bell / T.J. Duckett / Brian Calhoun
    FB: Casey Fitzsimmons / Jon Bradley
    WR: Roy Williams / Calvin Johnson / Mike Furrey / Shaun McDonald / Matt Jones
    TE: Dan Campbell / Sean McHugh
    LT: Jeff Backus / Jonathan Scott
    LG: Edwin Mulitalo / Stephen Peterman
    C: Dominic Raiola / Blaine Saipaia
    RG: George Foster / Manuel Ramirez
    RT: Maurice Williams

    Defense:

    RE: Dewayne White / Ikaika Alama-Francis
    NT: Shaun Rogers / Langston Moore
    UT: Cory Redding / Shaun Cody
    LE: Jason Taylor / Kalimba Edwards
    SLB: Daryl Smith / Alex Lewis
    MLB: Rey Maualuga / Paris Lenon / Teddy Lehman / Buster Davis
    OLB: Ernie Sims / Anthony Cannon
    LCB: Shawn Springs / Travis Fisher / Tony Beckham
    RCB: Brian Kelly / Stanley Wilson / Keith Smith
    FS: Gerald Alexander / Eric Frampton
    SS: Daniel Bullocks / Kenoy Kennedy

    Special Teams:

    K: Jason Hanson
    H: Nick Harris
    P: Nick Harris
    KO: Michael Koenen
    KR: Troy Walters
    PR: Troy Walters
    LS: Don Muhlbach
    Last edited by TacticaLion; 09-19-2008, 12:48 PM.
    Left NFLDC: 20080918.

  • #2
    First approved trade:

    The Lions Give:
    Fernando Bryant - CB
    Boss Bailey - OLB

    The Lions Get (from Jaguars):
    Daryl Smith - OLB
    Maurice Williams - OT
    2008 4th Round Pick (used to acquire Brian Kelly)

    This deal was a no-brainer for us: Fernando Bryant, although one of our best CBs, is getting older and has missed quite a few games with injuries. Boss Bailey, who also has an injury history, underperformed in his time in Detroit. He couldn't play the MLB position and doesn't seem to fit the SLB position of the Cover 2.

    Daryl Smith was re-signed by the Jaguars to a 5 year deal in January of 07. He accumulated a total of 82 and 89 tackles in the 2005-2006 seasons, to go with 9 PD, 7 sacks, 2 FF and 2 INTs in the same period. He brings size and consistency to the LB group, and will assume the SLB position in the Cover 2.

    Maurice Williams, a Michigan Native and UofM graduate, was a second round pick in the 2001 NFL draft. He slid to back-up RT when the Jags signed Tony Pashos, but is a solid player and gives us depth at the position. This also gives us position flexibility with George Foster (the coaches originally said that Foster could play either OG or OT).
    Last edited by TacticaLion; 09-29-2007, 05:59 PM.
    Left NFLDC: 20080918.

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    • #3
      nice trade. Now draft DeShaun Jackson.

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      • #4
        Second approved trade:

        The Lions Give:
        Damien Woody - OG

        The Lions Get (from Texans):
        2008 4th Round Pick (used to acquire Shawn Springs)
        2008 6th Round Pick

        Woody almost didn't make the team last year. He has a lot of talent, but struggles with motivation, has an injury history and can't seem to control his weight. Adding Maurice Williams allows us to move George Foster to RG, allowing us to keep talent and depth (Peterman/Ramirez) at the position.
        Last edited by TacticaLion; 09-29-2007, 05:58 PM.
        Left NFLDC: 20080918.

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        • #5
          You guys have really telegraphed what you will choose with your picks from these trades, however. As you absolutely have to take a CB at #12 or #44 or hell maybe even both.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nerv View Post
            You guys have really telegraphed what you will choose with your picks from these trades, however. As you absolutely have to take a CB at #12 or #44 or hell maybe even both.
            You will see the design...
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            • #7
              Are these trades after the season trades? Because if they are, unless the Lions tag Bailey they have no rights to him after the season. So in the draft which I assume is running on a post season basis, it makes that trade null and void.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by sweetd20 View Post
                Are these trades after the season trades? Because if they are, unless the Lions tag Bailey they have no rights to him after the season. So in the draft which I assume is running on a post season basis, it makes that trade null and void.
                The players are treated as if they're still with their current team. They didn't have a FA period, so it wouldn't be possible to make sense of expired contracts.
                Last edited by TacticaLion; 09-28-2007, 06:40 PM.
                Left NFLDC: 20080918.

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                • #9
                  Third approved trade:

                  The Lions Give:
                  2nd Round Pick
                  6th Round Pick

                  The Lions Get (from Dolphins):
                  Jason Taylor - DE

                  Jason Taylor is an elite DE with at least 3 more years of productivity left. Bringing him to the roster does 3 things for the defense: gives them an elite pass-rushing force next to Redding, Rogers and White; allows Kalimba Edwards to slide into a situation role (a perfect role for him); and gives the Lions' young DEs an example to play behind and learn from.

                  The Lions' needed an elite pass-rusher, and one with this talent would not have been available with their 2nd round pick. When Taylor decides to end his career, Ikaika Alama-Francis will be ready to take over.
                  Left NFLDC: 20080918.

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                  • #10
                    I like the Taylor trade.

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                    • #11
                      Just drafted Ray Maluagua

                      Pending trade for Shawn Springs


                      Four new players to our defense. DPOY a year removed.

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                      • #12
                        I really like how these moves would help the lions.

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                        • #13
                          Brian Kelly from Tampa for a fourth rounder.

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                          • #14
                            Fourth Approved Trade:

                            The Lions Give:
                            4th Round Pick (18)

                            The Lions Get (from Redskins):
                            Shawn Springs - CB

                            Springs may be near the end of his career, but still has the talent, awareness and experience to make an impact and immediately improve the CB position. Springs also makes up for the loss of Bryant (an upgrade), and having a healthy Bullocks and a 2nd-year Alexander greatly improves what was one of the worst 2007 secondaries in the NFL.
                            Left NFLDC: 20080918.

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                            • #15
                              Fifth Approved Trade:

                              The Lions Give:
                              4th Round Pick (15)

                              The Lions Get (from Bucs):
                              Brian Kelly - CB

                              Kelly, like Springs, is an older NFL CB... but has many years of experience in the Cover 2 and is a great upgrade. Teaming up with Springs, Alexander and Bullocks, this group forms a great Cover 2 secondary.
                              Last edited by TacticaLion; 09-29-2007, 06:03 PM.
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