Pride Of Detroit - NFL Lions podcast
Summary: Pride Of Detroit is your source for all the best Detroit Lions news, analysis and opinions on the internet. Enjoy our work in audio format in the PODcast and First Byte, and the world famous LISTCAST.
What started as a terrible day for the Detroit Lions turned into a rout as the offense exploded in the fourth quarter. Jeremy, Chris and Ryan talk about the first Lions Sunday of the season, going through each unit and touching on the highs and lows of the game. Impress/Depress returns as the guys pick out the winners and losers of the day, plus talking about how Stafford bucked fears after his start. Mailbag adds more questions about the game, and talks about the team's new favorite two-way player.
The PODcast has said it many times, but this time we mean it. Football is back. First Byte gets right at the throat of the Arizona Cardinals, who have foiled the Lions in terrible fashion in past meetings. But the guys have questions about the Cardinals offense and Carson Palmer, and there's reason to think this could be a real defense-heavy game to open the season. They bring on Tyler Nickel from Revenge of the Birds to talk about what's going on with the Cardinals and how their offseason has shaken out, plus he's getting excited for football too.
Ryan had to eat mozzarella sticks and he relives his terrible ordeal. The trio evaluates the surprises of the Lions final 53-man roster. Season predictions kick off with looking at the schedule, determining the biggest games and taking a look at the competition in the NFC North. LISTCAST makes a triumphant return as the guys list their favorite quarterbacks for the year, and this has plenty of yelling to it. Mailbag keeps things fresh. It's time for the Lions season baby.
Matthew Stafford just signed a massive contract averaging $27 million per year with the Detroit LIons, and the First Byte crew is on it. They break down the contract and its place in the current NFL free agency environment and why it was the right move to lock him down, not to mention some of the surprising details that could make it favorable for the Lions. They also talk about the national and local reaction to the contract and go after one of the most cynical takes in the sports year. As this is the preview podcast, they do get around to talking about the annual Bills game, including which Lion could possibly pull off the Kerry Hyder Special and win a job.
The Lions had a horrible start against the Patriots for preseason week 3, and Brett Whitefield from Pro Football Focus comes back on the PODcast to talk about it. Chris, Ryan, Jeremy and Brett break down just how bad the game was for the Lions and what it all means for the season outlook as September looms. The third edition of Impress/Depress examines the best and worst players, and the guys also predict the final 53-man roster for the Detroit Lions, which means saying goodbye to a few offseason favorites. In the mailbag, more updates on Christian Hackenberg (people liked that for some reason), a review saves the PODcast from wrestling talk and Chris Spielman's most unhinged broadcast yet.
First Byte welcomes in Brian Phillips from patspulpit.com to discuss the Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots. There's plenty to discuss before the third preseason game for the Detroit Lions, who play the Patriots on Friday. Brian talks about his experiences with Detroit sports radio, tries to garner sympathy for fears he has with the team (it doesn't work) and discusses Jimmy Garapolo vs. Matthew Stafford (for the weirdos out there) and a difference in opinion about Kyle Van Noy. Follow Brian on Twitter at @BPhillips_PP!
Chris calls in from the bottom of the sewer crate in "It" in this episode apparently. Struggling to recap Jets vs. Lions because of how boring the game was. Impress/Depress makes a triumphant return as a way of talking about this game, including how well Quandre Diggs played. Yet no matter how hard the crew tries they keep coming back to Christian Hackenberg for some reason. A shorter episode ends with a mailbag that wonders about post-apocalyptic futures and the Lil' B album, as well as when the Lions will truly be tested.
First Byte is back for the 2017 season. Ryan and Chris couldn't score a New York Jets guest, which brings up a valid question: is this even a real football team that the Lions will be playing on Saturday? The duo investigates this issue, and Chris talks about the tacos he had. They also break down the Brandon Copeland and Kerry Hyder injuries and who on the Lions roster can do the most to better his position by playing well in this game. Get ready for the Lions game with First Byte, the tailgate for your ears.
The Lions have taken the field! Preseason is underway and the PODcast is here to break down everything that happened against the Indianapolis Colts. Ryan didn't see the game so we play a little game where he asks us about insights from Twitter and we flesh out the story of the game from there, including what happened to Kerry Hyder and the explosion aboard the Kenny Golladay hype train. Jeremy and Chris play Impress/Depress and tell you which Lions to buy in on and which are probably going to let you down. The trio goes around the NFL news, laughs about Jay Cutler, talks Trubisky and more. In the mailbag, Pickle Rick makes an appearance and the guys fire about half the coaches in the league.
Chris and Ryan aren't doing well and Jeremy is way too perky for our tastes. What better time to talk about training camp? The guys get right into what they've seen so far from Lions football activities. There's also the brand new, totally original segment "Winners/Losers" that discusses those who improved their stock the most from camp and those who are potentially on the verge of disaster. They also preview the upcoming preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts and take an overloaded mailbag full of great questions about the name of the blog, outlook for the Lions defensive line, Matt Asiata and more ridiculous sandwich questions.
Jeremy mans the battlestation, leaving Ryan and Chris to talk about the minutiae of the Detroit Lions media cycle - which means someone said "Super Bowl" and now everyone is mad. They yearn for football and talk about coping as training camp starts. The duo is then joined by Brett Whitefield from Pro Football Focus, who helps give the organization's outlook on the Lions season. He also discusses the evolving role of PFF in the NFL landscape and gives insight into how PFF arrives at his conclusions, plus explains why they do not hate the Lions. Finally, Ryan and Chris read reviews and get pumped up for a new season of Rick & Morty.
Lions training camp is just around the corner and the football news is trickling in for the POD boys. They discuss the latest in Lions Land, a real place: the open invitation to Calvin Johnson to join training camp and hopefully mend some wounds, Barry Sanders' new role with the team, Armonty Bryant's suspension and more. The training camp preview looks at defensive ends, cornerbacks, wide receivers and other camp battles the guys are excited to see. They also discuss Matthew Stafford's imminent payday and whether it can hit $30 million per year. In the mailbag, the readers present several hypothetical historical scenarios and controversy errupts over frosty flavors.
Continuing to broadcast from Radio Free POD West, Chris, Jeremy and Ryan discuss Calvin Johnson. Back in the news again, Johnson made some comments regarding the Lions while in Italy, and they've certainly got the fanbase nattering. The guys give their thoughts on what he addressed and whether it's a fair criticism of the team at this point. LISTCAST continues as wide receivers comes up on the docket, and there may even be a Lion in someone's top ten. Mailbag ends the show as always, talking about Ren Fair, Oasis and contract extensions for key Lions athletes.
Chris returns from the exile of cross-country travel and he's joining Jeremy physically in Radio Free POD West. What better way than to celebrate the return from hiatus than a LISTCAST? The guys break down the top ten running backs of the 2017 NFL season, and sure enough Chris is wholy adequate in how he runs this segment. They also kick off the show talking about Zach Orr, his potential return to the NFL and if he could fit in with the Lions and help them get better. In the mailbag, tailgating essentials and a listener is deeply skeptical of the Detroit Lions to do anything but tank for the season.
The young Raiders quarterback Derek Carr got a cool $125 million and there's implications for the Detroit Lions. Matthew Stafford will certainly look towards that number as negotiations begin soon, and the guys discuss the implications for Stafford and the rest of the league on the PODcast. Cornerback is a fun position to rank and they attempt to do their best in the latest LISTCAST, but Chris makes another goof. The mailbag this week is Kurt Russell themed, once again thanks to Chris, who royally screws this episode up.