Hondo Answers Some of Your Lions Email

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Hondo
Controversy swirling around S Rogers do the Lions
really want to take that big of a cap hit?
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Do they want to? Of course not. This however is a real touchy issue. Marinelli gave S ROG a lot of room and to be frank; in many of the players’ eyes I have spoken to right or wrong he has created himself a tough dilemma. The players love Rod, but if he brings Rogers back I think he is going to have a lot more issues that could hurt this team a lot more than the cap hit. You can’t demand discipline and all the other things he wants from guys and then let others get away with it. Remember Dre’ and James? A lot of you people are mad about the talk, but it is a real issue. The Lions will have to weigh the cap hit against the potential of player’s attitudes. I will say this (and I am not making my prediction until later in the year) if they bring him back I don’t see them getting more than 7 wins next season…if that. Â
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Hondo,
I know that you said at the end of the season that Cody may be gone?  What do you think of that now?
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Well they were disappointed with his play last season, but I think there is a growing contingent on the staff that with the possibility of losing Rogers, and with Kalimba probably being shown the door, there may be too much attrition. It depends on other moves, but I think it is about 65-35 that he stays.
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Hondo,
I find it interesting/disappointing that both you and Tom Kowalski keep mentioning the fact that DE is the number one focus for the team this off-season. Given both of you are singing the same song, it makes me believe you guys are hearing something behind the scenes.Â
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I can’t speak for what Tom is hearing, but I would connect the dots and tell you that you are correct. This team has to address DE, CB and MLB. All three are just as critical to me. This defense (other than Ernie) was treated like a red headed stepchild for so long and they have to fix it fast.

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Hondo
I respect you for being a staunch Marinelli supporter for a long time. I also look at Kalimba and Shaun Rogers and Cody as failures under his leadership. I am sure he is a nice guy, but you have to at least consider that.
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Hi Tory.
I agree you have to look at that. I said from the day they resigned Kalimba it was a huge mistake. I also said the same with Rogers. Cody, I am not ready to call a failure. I would say that I believe in Rod, but he has been let down by guys he put his name on. This season is huge for him and his relationship with the players that have bought in and done everything he has asked.

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Sir, What do you believe Scot L. will do to develop our two young QBs ? All the talk last year about changing throwing motion, holding the football differently, changing mechanics ETC....by Martz. What does Scot plan to do??? Thanks
 Assuming the Lions will re-sign RFA Dan O?
Gary
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Hi Gary, please don’t call me Sir!
I know a lot of people that cover the team and are scratching their head on this hire. Scot didn’t do a great job of really developing guys? I can tell you that Henne got a ton of love after being worked with at the Senior Bowl and one person asked me about the QB coaching he had received. I really have no answer on the plan. Lloyd Carr had a great staff with some super coaches some of which I thought the Lions should have went after. I didn’t see Scot as one of them (here come the I hate UM comments) and I am concerned because they want to resign Dan O and that coach is going to be very busy with Dan and Drew.
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Hondo
Are the Lions going to be heavy hitters in free agency this season?
Sandy
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Hi Sandy.
No. They want to be like the Patriots and build threw the draft (it would help if draft picks could make your team and contribute) and they also would either have to step up with huge signing bonuses and over pay, or give big guarantees. They could do the guarantees, but not the big dollar signing bonuses. They won’t be huge players.
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Rod announced earlier this week he won't just flat out cut him (which should be obvious) but I get the feeling he definitely wants to trade him.
Carmine
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Hello Carmine!
Any time I get an email from you why do I always think of Laverne and Shirley? LOL Rod is really in a tight spot here. I am unsure how many teams will trade (or what they would give up for him) with already having issues with NFL suspensions. I do think they could get a pick conditionally based upon performance, but I think they would want something for this draft. We shall see.
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Hondo
Our DB's are not good. No star power, little to no depth,
lacking a true lock-down corner, etc. Do we fix this in the draft or via
free agency? Who are we considering with both draft and free agency?
Ghost
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Hey Ghost!
Saying our Cornerbacks are not good, is about as obvious as me not looking good in a thong. I think the Lions will look to the draft simply because they are not going to be big players in free agency. I do think they will have to take a look and that you may see some action, but again, the Lions are not going to be big spenders.
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Hondo
I've heard that the Lions offensive philosophy in regards to the passing game will be to toss the ball to Roy and Calvin even if they are covered instead of always going to the "open" receiver. It just sounds like a no brainer to me given the athletic talent we have a WR~they should win the majority of matchups. Not to take anythingaway from Shaun and Furrey and the great years they had but they aren't Calvin and Roy.
Kevin
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Hi Kevin!
One thing is certain that the Lions are going to run the ball. We are actually going to not only see the Lions use the fade (finally) but we may actually see some double fades with Calvin and Roy, if Roy isn’t traded. Lions fans are going to see a lot of running, but they will not abandon the pass. It will actually be balanced.
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Hondo
Do you expect former Rams/Lions dealt to SF/Martz?
Greg
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Great question Greg. I think you would see MAC traded before Furrey. I am not saying that will happen, but Martz would like to have him. Marinelli WILL NOT give up Furrey.
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Hondo
Do you think this year the lions won't feel the need to draft an offensive player, excluding the O line? They seem to have the necessary pieces now and barring Stanton, they all have some experience under their belts.
Brad
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Hi Brad!
I don’t see the Lions going offense at all in the first round. I know for a fact that they really like Aqib Talib and Gholston.Â

Thanks everyone. As always, we get so many emails that I can’t answer them all here. Please read them all because I try to answer the ones that answer the most email. Those of you who aren’t used here will get responses. Please just read past emails before you send questions in case I may have answered it previously and I want to get as many people answered as possible.

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