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Lions pounce on McBride

On Wednesday, we joked that the Lions would use their priority in the waiver process to land former Eagles receiver Hank Baskett.

We whipped out the running gag again with respect to the Chiefs decision to dump Turk McBride, a second-round pick in 2007.

But we were serious regarding McBride, given that Lions defensive coordinator Gunter Cunningham served in that same role when McBride was drafted by the Chiefs.

And, as it turns out, the Lions used their place in the front of the line (hey, at least they’re first at something) to land McBride.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Lions, Bears, and Jaguars submitted waiver claims for McBride’s contract.

The claims were made despite reports that McBride has guaranteed base salaries in his contract, presumably because he has yet to achieve his one-time playing-time incentive.

We also pointed out that he’s actually moving to a team that has won more games since he entered the league.  The Lions have seven wins since the start of the 2007 season; the Chiefs have won only six.

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15 Responses to “Lions pounce on McBride”
  1. tonysoprano says: Sep 16, 2009 5:48 PM

    Love the site but wish that in any article where an unknown players name is mentioned that his position would be mentioned as well. Had to do some digging to find out he was a defensive lineman.

  2. sullijo says: Sep 16, 2009 5:53 PM

    “We also pointed out that he’s actually moving to a team that has won more games since he entered the league. The Lions have seven wins since the start of the 2007 season; the Chiefs have won only six.”
    Wow – that’s an interesting fact, Lions have won more games since 2007 than the Chiefs!

  3. faulkn22 says: Sep 16, 2009 6:02 PM

    He’s a DE, lol, not a WR.

  4. roe says: Sep 16, 2009 6:31 PM

    Most people should know Turk McBride, he was featured on Hard Knock Training Camp with the Chiefs in 2007. He was drafted 54th overall, that’s significant.

  5. faulkn22 says: Sep 16, 2009 6:35 PM

    He’s a DE, lol, not a WR.

  6. veistran says: Sep 16, 2009 6:40 PM

    He’s a tweener DT/DE.

  7. Steeler says: Sep 16, 2009 8:09 PM

    Either way he’s a nice upgrade for the Lions defensive line.

  8. Journeyman says: Sep 16, 2009 8:31 PM

    Another wasted draft pick by the former management. Gunther Cunningham can have him, he couldnt coach here with a dam so he will fail in Detroit.

  9. lawrencelion says: Sep 16, 2009 8:53 PM

    Mike, you’re a real nice guy. You never hesitate to kick a team when it’s down. Every stinkin’ day you never hesitate!

  10. faulkn22 says: Sep 16, 2009 9:08 PM

    I don’t think it’s fair to harp on Gunthers D in KC; he was being forced to play the tampa 2, and he’s calling his own shots in Detroit with the blitz 4-3. He’s had success coordinating D’s before KC, so your being a little rough in my opinion.
    Now with McBride, he’s got a lot of upside if he can be used correctly. I remember when he got drafted, he was projected as a second rounder and that’s where he went. I don’t think he was a reach, he just hasn’t had a chance to grow and reach his potential.
    And yes, he’s almost certainly an upgrade for the Lions defensive line.

  11. Apollo says: Sep 16, 2009 10:24 PM

    Florio,
    Saying that the Lions “pounced” is pretty racist. That’s like saying the Chiefs “chopped” someone. You really need to check your headlines before you post them.
    Good luck Turk. Thanks for all the charity work (you didn’t have to do) here in KC before you left. Detroit is getting a quality guy and that’s no joke.

  12. Bobarian says: Sep 17, 2009 9:57 AM

    “We also pointed out that he’s actually moving to a team that has won more games since he entered the league. The Lions have seven wins since the start of the 2007 season; the Chiefs have won only six.”
    I think he’s probably moved to a team that will continue to win more games than the Chiefs.
    Turk was a bad fit for the 3-4 switch at KC. Unfortunately, so’s everyone else who is still on the Chiefs roster.
    I’m a huge Chiefs fan, and I’m afraid this is going to be a re-e-e-e-e-aly long season.

  13. jeffz303 says: Sep 17, 2009 11:49 AM

    I agree with Apollo, it’s completely racist to say that the Lions pounced on McBride. It’s almost as bad as saying that he was stolen off waivers by the Steelers would be.

  14. GreatGallopingGhosts says: Sep 17, 2009 1:49 PM

    Apollo and jeffz303:
    Guys, you need to open a dictionary and read the definition of “racist” and “racism”.
    “Lions pounced” is a pun on words. Bad, but still a pun.

  15. Mav69r says: Sep 17, 2009 7:28 PM

    The Whopper Jr character from the BK commercials is an upgrade to our Dline… Come on, Stillman College and a vet that sat out last year are starting at DT, Buc waste and Jason Hunter (WHO?!?) are are starting DE’s?!? WTF?!?
    Maybe we didn’t NEED a starting QB, we needed to work on OL/DL… remember that was your goal Schwartz… get BIGGER in the trenches… How’s that working out for you now?!?
    Oh that’s that’s right, you gotta use the waiver wire to get garbage to fill the mddle!

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