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Philip Buchanon: "Last Year Is Last Year"

In the offseason, cornerback Philip Buchanon was faced with a choice.

He could continue to fish around in free agency after playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Or he could sign with the lowly Detroit Lions, who, of course, were unable to win a single football game last season.

And Buchanon chose . . . the Lions.

He explained his rationale to Calvin Watkins of Fanhouse.

“I did want to stay in Florida,” Buchanon told Watkins.  “Tampa was going in a different direction and I truly feel like I’m still a starter, and Detroit was one of the teams that was actually there.

“There were a few other teams, but Tampa was taking their time and I didn’t want to wait.  You either want me or you don’t.”

For Buchanon, it was a case of being high on the Lions’ list and getting the opportunity to play a more free-wheeling style under new coach Jim Schwartz after operating under the more conservative Tampa 2 scheme last season.

Plus, the Lions are tasking Buchanon with guarding shifty receivers that dot the schedule, including the Chicago Bears’ Devin Hester and the Minnesota Vikings’ Bernard Berrian.

As for the Lions’ lack of success, well, a few sayings/cliches must have come to Buchanon’s mind such as:  “That was then, this is now,” and “There’s nowhere to go, but up.”

More tangible factors might have been a starting job and a two-year, $8.5 million contract.

“Last year is last year,” Buchanon said. “So many elements go into a team going 0-16.  I don’t want to get into coaching or playing chemistry.  But it’s about the coaching when teams really go that bad.”

Somewhere while possibly lighting up a few bottle rockets and Roman candles and chomping on hot dogs today, former Lions coach Rod Marinelli is frowning and probably noting that a lack of talent and Matt Millen might have had just a small hand in the 0-16 campaign.

[Editor’s note:  If/when Marinelli reads this, he might want to aim a bottle rocket or two toward a certain portion of Buchanon’s anatomy.]

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12 Responses to “Philip Buchanon: "Last Year Is Last Year"”
  1. JimmyLions says: Jul 4, 2009 9:10 PM

    CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco called Buchanon the most underrated player on the Lions, if that means anything.
    Millen is to blame for a lot of things, including hiring Marinelli who was clearly in over his head. It’s not that Marinelli is a bad guy or anything like that, but he had no business being head coach.
    One of the things that Marinelli was supposed to be was a defensive genius. In the 08 season, teams were running up the score on the Lions. Losses by over 35 points weren’t uncommon. Marinelli’s defense couldn’t have stopped a middle school Pop Warner team from running up the score.
    In the comments that are starting to trickle out, it is becoming obvious that players didn’t understand Marinelli’s defense and didn’t buy into it. On top of that, Millen didn’t understand it and brought in the wrong defensive personnel.
    When Mike Martz was coaching the offense, the Lions scored enough points to win shootouts. Marinelli blamed Martz’s offense for why the defense sucked, and got rid of Martz. The result was that the defense still sucked, but the offense couldn’t score enough points to win a single game.
    The Lions would have been better off dumping Marinelli and keeping Martz.

  2. empty13 says: Jul 4, 2009 9:35 PM

    buchanon has always blown chunks, and i dont see the lions improving due to him arriving. him or grady jackson.

  3. Anrkist says: Jul 4, 2009 9:55 PM

    Detroit Lions – Another mans table scraps are our bread and butter.

  4. SilvernBlack666 says: Jul 4, 2009 10:29 PM

    We got to draft Philip Buchanon because of the Gruden trade and he will forever be tied to that here in the Bay Area.
    At the time he was considered a bust another Al Davis mistake. We used to call him names like toast and I was surprised to see him last year in Baltimore, but it turns out that Al Davis is a smart man.
    Happy Birthday Al!

  5. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Jul 4, 2009 10:53 PM

    Aaron Wilson writes:
    “So, presumably right in his mind, cornerback Philip Buchanon was faced with a choice.
    He could continue to fish around in free agency after playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year.
    Or he could sign with the lowly Detroit Lions, who, of course, were unable to win a single stinkin’ football game last season.”
    ——————————————————————-
    Are you kidding me Florio? How does this hack stay employed? I can’t BELIEVE I’m the first comment to rip this horsesh&t writing by Aaron Wilson…
    Go ahead NBC don’t post my comment…what a joke

  6. Redruckus91 says: Jul 4, 2009 11:19 PM

    As a Lions fan I am happy to have him on the team. He definitly isnt a star but he is a huge upgrade over Brian Kelly and Travis Fischer. Still need help with the secondary but Buchanon and Louis Delmas should be good for them

  7. packerfanfornot4life says: Jul 4, 2009 11:21 PM

    Plus, the Lions are tasking Buchanon with guarding shifty receivers that dot the schedule, including the Chicago Bears’ Devin Hester and the Minnesota Vikings’ Bernard Berrian.
    your forgot the best receivers in the division Driver, Jennings, and don’t under estimate Jordy Nelson

  8. southernboi727 says: Jul 4, 2009 11:45 PM

    Wish he would’ve stayed in Tampa. Wasn’t that bad for the Bucs. Certainly got toasted less in Tampa than he did in his stops in Oakland and Houston. Wish him the best in Detriot.

  9. Slow Joe says: Jul 5, 2009 1:27 AM

    I agree with southernboi727. I wish we would have kept him. He’s not the great cover guy he was drafted to be, but he did really well for us in the Tampa-2 zone scheme.
    I know we have the young Aqib Talib now, but Ronde Barber is a year or two from retirement, and may already be in over his head with this new man-to-man scheme Jim Bates is bringing in.

  10. Swive says: Jul 5, 2009 6:58 AM

    For a head coach, Marinelli was a good defensive line coach. He spent way too much time focusing on the dline players, and was pretty awful at game management. The other Lion’s coaches disliked him and would make faces behind his back when his name was brought up. He was not a good overall defensive coach, and the dline, supposedly the engine that drives the Tampa Two defense, was not a force at all. Who on earth thinks this man is a good overall defensive coach?

  11. empty13 says: Jul 5, 2009 9:10 AM

    he couldnt have been focusing on the d line in detroit. not the way they played. turnstile city.
    he handled reporters well though.

  12. mikenjess143 says: Jul 13, 2009 9:39 PM

    is it sad he chose a team that didn’t win a game over a team that went 9-7 or is it more signs that the glaziers have completely lost it. and there money.

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