Detroit Lions drop problem: Coincidence or Stafford?

(Originally posted at Sidelionreport.com in December, 2016) This season, the Detroit Lions have been leading the league in a few categories.  Most notably, Matthew Stafford and company are tops in game winning drives, even setting an NFL record in the process.  Stafford is completing a record 75(!!) percent of his throws in game-winning or game-tying … Continue reading Detroit Lions drop problem: Coincidence or Stafford?

What Factors are Causing the NFL T.V. Ratings to Drop?

(Originally posted at Sidelionreport.com in November, 2016) As you may or may not know, the television ratings for the NFL have been down this season.  Not down like “aw shucks my cat is sick” but down like “I’m in massive amounts of debt without a job” down.  Before week 10, 26 of the 27 prime … Continue reading What Factors are Causing the NFL T.V. Ratings to Drop?

Lions Trade Kyle Van Noy to the Patriots, Sign Josh Bynes

(Originally posted at Sidelionreport.com in November, 2016) The Detroit Lions traded 3rd year linebacker Kyle Van Noy to the New England Patriots earlier today.  The Lions packaged a 7th round pick with Van Noy and received a 6th round pick in return.   Drafted as a 3-4 outside linebacker, Van Noy never transitioned into the … Continue reading Lions Trade Kyle Van Noy to the Patriots, Sign Josh Bynes

SWOT Analysis: Washington Redskins Edition

(Originally posted at Sidelionreport.com in November, 2016) As a new weekly feature, SideLion Report will be breaking down the opponent using the S.W.O.T analysis.  Briefly, a SWOT analysis is a business term used to identify internal strengths and weaknesses, as well as outside, or external, opportunities and threats.  SWOT is used for potential business expansion, … Continue reading SWOT Analysis: Washington Redskins Edition

Detroit Lions 2016 Season Predictions

(Originally posted at Sidelionreport.com in October, 2016) The Detroit Lions open their season against the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday at 4:30 ET.  If the national media’s predictions are correct, the Lions are going to be a bottom five team this year, Matthew Stafford is going to crumble under the young offensive line without Calvin Johnson, … Continue reading Detroit Lions 2016 Season Predictions

Deconstructing Jim Bob Cooter’s Offense: Part Two

(Originally posted at Sidelionreport.com in July, 2016) What did  Jim Bob Cooter do differently that lead to a 5.5 point increase in points per game? In part two, we will dissect what exactly offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter was doing differently from Joe Lombardi, how that was effective, and the plan moving forward. The most … Continue reading Deconstructing Jim Bob Cooter’s Offense: Part Two

Deconstructing Jim Bob Cooter’s Offense: Part One

(Originally posted at Sidelionreport.com in July, 2016) There are two ideas about Jim Bob Cooter that are undeniably true; he has the best name in the entire NFL, and his offense was visibly better in 9 games than any of the previous 24 under Joe Lombardi. There are, however, quite a few more elements about … Continue reading Deconstructing Jim Bob Cooter’s Offense: Part One