November 22, 2007 |
DETROIT -- The biblical verse taped inside his locker, Galatians 2:20, reads: "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me . . ." And when he walks in from midday practice, the clean white baseball cap tugged down over his head bears a black cross on the front, the word "Forgiven" stitched on the back. Jon Kitna has never been shy about displaying his convictions. "I'm this way every day," he says. "I don't change."
November 19, 2007 |
DETROIT -- The difference in this game was a centimeter, an eyelash, the infinitesimal space required for a pass to glance through a receiver's hands. Just that quickly, New York Giants cornerback Sam Madison pounced on the deflection, intercepting a pass out of thin air and turning his team into a bona fide contender. The last-second turnover saved New York's 16-10 victory over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday, a game that matched two teams making unexpected runs at the postseason.
September 15, 2006 |
Mike Williams is in his second season with the Detroit Lions, but the former USC receiver is still helping the Trojans in ways he never imagined. And in ways he never wanted to. Williams, you see, has become a cautionary tale, a how-not-to guide for college standouts considering leaving school early to chase their NFL dreams. Oh, he's financially set; his rookie contract as the No. 10 selection included $10.5 million in guaranteed money.
November 29, 2005 |
Unable to turn around a perennial losing franchise, Steve Mariucci was fired Monday by the Detroit Lions and replaced by Dick Jauron, Mariucci's defensive coordinator, who will serve as interim coach for the rest of the season. Mariucci, who had two seasons remaining on the $25-million deal he signed in 2003, was 15-28 over two-plus seasons and couldn't transform a franchise that has won one playoff game since 1957.
October 30, 2005 |
Ah, late October in Detroit. The leaves change, the temperature drops and the Lions begin in earnest their annual migration to NFL irrelevance. This season, though, the team's rite of autumn has taken a hard left. It's almost November, and the Lions are playing a game today that actually means something. They play host to Chicago for first place in the NFC North. Both teams are 3-3.
April 24, 2005 |
Say this for the Detroit Lions: They stand by their convictions. For the third consecutive year, they used their first pick to draft a receiver, selecting former USC receiver Mike Williams at the 10th spot. He rounds out a pass-catching crew that includes Charles Rogers, the second pick in 2003, and Roy Williams, the seventh pick last year. The Lions opted for Mike Williams despite pressing needs at tackle and defensive end. Why?