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Lions Running Back Predicts Playoffs

Though we’re not quite sure precisely what he said or precisely when or where he said it, the folks who operate the official (presumably) Mlive.com Twitter feed have posted that Lions running back Kevin Smith is predicting that the team will make it to the playoffs.
[UPDATE:  Our pal Gregg Rosenthal points out that Smith makes the assertion on his blog:  "I won’t make a prediction about how many games we’re going to win, but I will say this:  We will definitely make the playoffs this season."]
Um, does he mean by purchasing 53 tickets?
Look, we like confidence.  And we learned last year from teams like the Dolphins, Falcons, and Ravens that a new coach can dramatically reverse a bad season.
But, when it comes to confidence, we think of Vikram’s observation when discussing the man who was his boss for an hour or two at the Michael Scott Paper Company, “Confidence.  It’s the food of the wise man, but the liquor of the fool.”
Given the franchise’s recent history, no one should be saying anything about what the team could or might do.  Prior to the 2007 season, former quarterback Jon Kitna gushed about the possibility of ten wins.  And, with three wins in 2009, they’ll finally get there.
So, please.  We beg this of anyone employed by the Lions.  Shut up and focus on your business.  The last thing that Smith or any other player should be talking about on the heels of an 0-16 season is playoffs. 
Maybe, in hindsight, they should have hired Jim Mora.

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53 Responses to “Lions Running Back Predicts Playoffs”
  1. EverybodyGotAIDS says: May 8, 2009 12:23 PM

    Wait a minute….according to your article, it says “Though we’re not quite sure precisely what he said or precisely when or where he said it, the folks who operate the official (presumably) Mlive.com Twitter feed have posted that Lions running back Kevin Smith is predicting that the team will make it to the playoffs.”
    THE team, not necessarily HIS team. Don’t put words in his mouth.

  2. ducej11 says: May 8, 2009 12:28 PM

    if Joey Porter guaranteed playoffs last off season, wouldn’t you have laughed him off also?
    Now, I understand that the people running the Lions were dropped off in Detroit by the short bus after licking the windows, but I think this day and age its more about the coaching and the atmosphere and less about the players.

  3. Heinekenfun says: May 8, 2009 12:28 PM

    are you sure he meant this season? I think the Lions will make the playoffs too. But not this year…, or any year where Kevin Smith is the RB.

  4. Elaw6 says: May 8, 2009 12:33 PM

    I don’t think we should be so quick to doubt. Their division is sub-par. Minnesota has major QB issues as well the defensive line looking like some key players will miss a few games.
    Aaron Rodgers is still unproven and that defnse only got younger in a few positions.
    With Cutlery at the helms in CHI-town, he only has G-reg to throw to.
    This division is up for grabs. Look at MIA, BAL, and ATL rebound seasons.
    But then again, this is the team Matt Millen gutted

  5. GZ says: May 8, 2009 12:33 PM

    I’ve seen that clip a hundred times in my life.
    And I could see it a thousand more. Never gets old.

  6. Florida Funk says: May 8, 2009 12:33 PM

    Who the hell does this guy think he is?
    John Kitna?

  7. bballinjh says: May 8, 2009 12:36 PM

    ducej11 says:
    May 8th, 2009 at 12:28 pm
    if Joey Porter guaranteed playoffs last off season, wouldn’t you have laughed him off also?
    Now, I understand that the people running the Lions were dropped off in Detroit by the short bus after licking the windows, but I think this day and age its more about the coaching and the atmosphere and less about the players.
    Atmosphere and coaching are both important – but in the NFL winning and losing comes down to the talent you put on the field. The Lions have improved their roster but are still a long way from competing – especially in a division that has also upgraded this offseason.

  8. cipher35 says: May 8, 2009 12:38 PM

    There’s a better chance that Brett Farve will win the superbowl.

  9. eagles2009SBchamps says: May 8, 2009 12:45 PM

    maybe he meant his hometown team was going to the playoffs.

  10. topcide says: May 8, 2009 12:47 PM

    translation—
    Per Mrs. Pat White aka Florio -I dont know what he said, where he said it, who he was talking about, who he said it too, but they should shut up. Even though I have no actual fact to base my opinion off, I will use this to try and take a shot at the lions to fill space untill news comes out about Brett Favre taking a dump.

  11. ClevelandSucks aka Philly Sewer Rat says: May 8, 2009 12:47 PM

    Someone should tell Smith to stop drinking that scummy Detriot water.

  12. DCNinerFan says: May 8, 2009 12:49 PM

    Didn’t Kitna predict something like this a few years back? Predicted 10 wins or something? I’d bother to look this up, but I’m lazy and its the Lions…

  13. LionsFan says: May 8, 2009 12:56 PM

    Whatever.
    What is Kevin Smith supposed to say? “I think we have a chance to win 2 games this year. I’m really looking forward to the season. It will be great.” No. I don’t think so. Before last season started, I think he said he would score “20 touchdowns” or something. He is who he is. I have no problem with him speaking his mind, regardless of whether he is living in a fantasy world with elves, gremlins and eskimos.
    Personally, I see the Lions going 2-14 or thereabouts.

  14. Jamethus says: May 8, 2009 12:57 PM

    Not even Tim the Toolman Taylor could fix the Lions in 1 year. Even if Kevin Smith goes on to be regarded as one of the best in the game, playing for the Lions will kill his love for the game.
    It happened to someone else, too. But I forget that guys name.

  15. ducej11 says: May 8, 2009 12:57 PM

    bballinjh, talent is a small portion. Any one that is in the NFL has boatloads of talent. I would say the talent is only 10% of what it takes to win, 50% coaching and scemeing, 40% player moral and attitude.

  16. smehrnama says: May 8, 2009 12:58 PM

    I think Kevin Smith is just trying to make a name for himself. Like the name “Kevin Jones.”

  17. BBWC1986 says: May 8, 2009 12:59 PM

    I think he said “we will definitely take some payoffs this season”. That’s got to be what he meant. I mean, how much would you win on a $100 bet if you went 0-16 for a second season? The tattoo parlors in Detroit would have to figure out a way to make 0-16 looks like 0-32 on all those idiots who actually tattooed that crap on their bodies. So they are taking payoffs from all the “body art” shops in Detroit and Vegas to throw another 16 games…
    Either that or Kevin “Kitna” Smith is a complete dope and benefiting from the Jerry’s Kids telethons on top of getting paid to no produce on the football field.

  18. lions2011champs says: May 8, 2009 1:02 PM

    someone said this division is up for grabs…i totally agree, they are definatly heading in the right direction i like there offseason additions and if the coaching staff is an improvement…anything can happen. then they will win the super bowl in 2011

  19. whocanitbenow says: May 8, 2009 1:02 PM

    And he’s also going to rush for 2,500 yards this season, too.

  20. Jamethus says: May 8, 2009 1:03 PM

    Not even Tim “the Toolman” Taylor could fix the Lions in 1 season. Even if Kevin Smith goes on to be one of the best running backs in the game, playing in Detroit will make him lose his love for the game. It’s science.

  21. thethinker says: May 8, 2009 1:03 PM

    Every player that gives a crap on every team predicts the playoffs. Then teams that are way, way better than the Detroit Lions win enough football games to be right.

  22. Joe 6-pack says: May 8, 2009 1:03 PM

    Yeah, nice try there Kevin Smith. Rather than thinking playoffs, and only furthering your embarassment as everyone laughs the comment off, try focusing on winning a game next season. That’s much more achievable.

  23. vtopa says: May 8, 2009 1:07 PM

    If a mentally ill homeless guy walked up to you and said that he was going to the moon tomorrow would you print that too Florio?

  24. RestorDaRoar says: May 8, 2009 1:10 PM

    Yes, Jon Kitna predicted 10 wins two years ago, God came to him via a burning bush and told it would be so.

  25. eagles2009SBchamps says: May 8, 2009 1:15 PM

    topcide,
    WOW. Its like you’re reading his mind.

  26. Mike D says: May 8, 2009 1:20 PM

    Maybe he was talking about his fantasy football team?
    Mora press conference was the single greatest moment in the history of the NFL. Scratch that. In ALL of sports.

  27. TCLARK says: May 8, 2009 1:21 PM

    So one year removed from the Phish making the playoffs (after a 1-15 season.) Everyone says no way to Detroit? Short memories fans have. Very short indeed.

  28. PackAttack says: May 8, 2009 1:33 PM

    Sure they will. What year?

  29. Kevin from Philly says: May 8, 2009 1:34 PM

    Licking the windows? That’s SO wrong – but funny.

  30. ronry says: May 8, 2009 1:41 PM

    I’d like to see that.
    Stevie Wonder

  31. empty13 says: May 8, 2009 1:42 PM

    it’s the lions. it gets old.
    we are past tragedy and well into farce.

  32. ShotOfGinn says: May 8, 2009 1:42 PM

    Yeah maybe when pigs fly…
    Uh oh, swine flu…

  33. spaceghost8 says: May 8, 2009 1:43 PM

    You forgot to mention the part where Mr. Smith suggests that the Lions weren’t too far off from making the playoffs last year:
    “Believe it or not we weren’t far off last year. Almost every game we could have won, we were one play or one player short. Except for Tennessee on Thanksgiving, they just came out and beat us to sleep. They manhandled us, but nobody else did.”
    (http://blog.mlive.com/highlightreel/2009/05/kevin_smith_we_will_definitely.html)

  34. dlmcc0505 says: May 8, 2009 1:45 PM

    The Lions wont come close to the playoffs anytime soon, but you cant fault the players for having hope. If they dont think they have any shot at the playoffs, then whats the point of even playing or putting all that practice in?

  35. Brady Quinn's Love Lemming says: May 8, 2009 1:47 PM

    Wait – so does this mean Kevin Smith is going to dress up like a naked Jim Schwartz?

  36. Joe 6-pack says: May 8, 2009 1:50 PM

    “DCNinerFan says:
    May 8th, 2009 at 12:49 pm
    Didn’t Kitna predict something like this a few years back? Predicted 10 wins or something?”
    Yes. As Florio mentioned in the article itself. They were on pace for 12 wins at halfway mark of that season with a 6-2 record, but only won 1 out of the next 8 to close the season.

  37. AlexBStevinson says: May 8, 2009 2:03 PM

    Oh so hes getting traded

  38. DanSnyder says: May 8, 2009 2:06 PM

    DCNinerFan I think it was this past season wasnt it, before the season started.

  39. BBWC1986 says: May 8, 2009 2:22 PM

    TClark- Ummm, the Dolphins came across a little someone called BILL PARCELLS!!! The Lions will suck again as they have for the last 700 years.

  40. The Dox says: May 8, 2009 2:37 PM

    “With Cutlery at the helms in CHI-town, he only has G-reg to throw to.”
    ———————————————————————————————————–
    I’m not a Bears fan but I have to disagree.
    His other top options are one of the fastest guys in the league and his college teammate he’s already thrown 1000 + yds to – just because it’s not Randy Moss (or Calvin Johnson) doesn’t mean they’re not going to produce.
    I realize Hester is not a polished route-runner and Bennett hasn’t done anything in the NFL yet. But Cutler has one of the strongest arms in the league, and Hester can outrun just about anyone. And you have to believe it’s easier for a QB to jump into a new offense with a #2 receiver he’s already familiar with.
    No NFC North allegiance withstanding, I personally can’t wait to see Maunte Stafpepper getting smashed repeatedly behind that line. The Lions did alright this offseason and have some definite young up-and-comers (as a non-fan, Ernie Sims and Spiderman are the ones that come to mind), I just don’t see playoffs happening this year.
    1-3 years from now though, I’m pretty damn sure they will.
    and yeah, I called him Spiderman (nimbly-bimbly fast guy who does crazy acrobatics), not Megatron (big clunky robot that can turn into a gun). His college nickname was far more fitting than the one Roy E. Williams gave him.

  41. Bob_Nelson says: May 8, 2009 2:41 PM

    After last year’s near sweep of the vikings and this season playing the NFC West and the AFC North with the two weak teams from Ohio it could be done in theory. Wild Card.
    This is why the NFL is fun because any team can get good fast.
    Falcons and Dolphins are recent examples.

  42. cantgetenough says: May 8, 2009 2:43 PM

    Wow, Kevin Smith is a running back? He must have lost a ton of weight. How does he find the time with all his film work?

  43. empty13 says: May 8, 2009 2:43 PM

    5 is the best they could have done healthy last year. or this year.

  44. cantgetenough says: May 8, 2009 2:44 PM

    Vikram may still have a job, but he missed out on Cafe Disco!

  45. milly1842 says: May 8, 2009 2:56 PM

    I’m just trying to decide which comment win Dumbest of the Week: this one, or Manny Ramirez claiming he took women’s fertility drugs for a “personal medical issue”

  46. KBall7326 says: May 8, 2009 2:57 PM

    Almost as good as Selvin Youngs 2000 yrd prediction.

  47. bshazzar says: May 8, 2009 3:02 PM

    BBWC1986 says:
    May 8th, 2009 at 2:22 pm
    TClark- Ummm, the Dolphins came across a little someone called BILL PARCELLS!!! The Lions will suck again as they have for the last 700 years.
    I agree with the first part of this statement. However, I think Schwartz could make the respectable turn around to 7-9 or 8-8. They do play in an inconsistent division. 8-8 could be good enough to take it. Schwartz has proven that he can make a named defense with a bunch of no-name players. They’ve got talent on offense and Linehan is a good OC, just not an HC. It’s not as impossible as everyone makes it out to be.

  48. akvikesfan says: May 8, 2009 3:12 PM

    I for one think Florio’s posts should also have a (report as inappropriate) button available for us to click. It’s just not fair.

  49. bobsacamano says: May 8, 2009 3:38 PM

    this headline caused me to laugh out loud in class

  50. EskinSux says: May 8, 2009 3:45 PM

    Right now…….the odds are 150-1………If he is so confident, let him take this years salary, let it roll, and pay off the assistant coaches who are gonna get screwed sooner or later…….With those odds, and his salary, should be plenty to go around………

  51. mazzith says: May 8, 2009 3:50 PM

    I believe this is the same guy who said he be the next barry sanders when he was drafted and that has yet to be seen.

  52. jasonarchbold says: May 8, 2009 4:00 PM

    Hopefully every player of every team has the same goal as Kevin, because, isn’t that what their paid to do.To win as many games as possible. To hopefully make the playoffs and ultimately win the Super Bowl. Every year. Why would someone want to have a disappointing year and suck?

  53. kingkenley says: May 11, 2009 9:51 PM

    ok look @ it like dis. LB’s sims peterson foote
    DB’s henry phil buch
    D-Line Big Baby Grady (lol) cliff avril d smith
    just 2 name a few r D is WAYYY better than it was last yr by far.
    and on O if da line can just find a way to block a lil better. watch out.
    RESTORE THE ROAR!!!!!!!!!! lol serioulsy though da lions will surprise you people

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