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Jim Schwartz: Jahvid Best can do whatever we need

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The biggest question about Jahvid Best coming out of college was whether he could stay healthy in the NFL after an injury-plagued career at Cal. So after he struggled through an injury-plagued rookie season with the Lions, that could be a concern in Detroit.

But Lions head coach Jim Schwartz says he’s not concerned at all about the turf toe injuries that slowed Best down last year.

Whatever we need him to do, he can do it,” Schwartz said, per the Detroit Free Press. “Obviously, his toes didn’t allow him to be able to do that for about eight or nine games in the middle of the season, and obviously he wasn’t the player that he can be and that he is.”

In the first two games of the season, Best totaled 98 rushing yards, 170 receiving yards and five touchdowns. But he suffered his first toe injury in Week 3, and he wasn’t the same player the rest of the year.

Schwartz, however, seems to think the Lions can expect the healthy version of Best for 16 games in 2011. If there are 16 games in 2011.

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19 Responses to “Jim Schwartz: Jahvid Best can do whatever we need”
  1. fanoredsox says: Mar 27, 2011 9:44 AM

    Unfortunately injuries are issues that are going to arise when you are involved in a tough sport such as football. I think the bigger story for the Lions and the “Cryin’ Lions” fans is that for once in a very long time their team is the up and coming franchise in the NFL. Wow! I never thought that I would live to say that I see the Lions becoming a great team. They are drafting good players. If they can just get healthy they will be a legitimate contender. They kind of remind me of the Cowboys in the early 90’s. You could see the Cowboys progression and knew that it wouldn’t be long and they were going to be a really good team. I am not saying that these Lions are going to be a dynasty, but they do have a window (considering the age of their group) to get one or two championships.

  2. sterilizecromartie says: Mar 27, 2011 9:50 AM

    Fantasy Football beast this upcoming season… if there is a season.

  3. skoobyfl says: Mar 27, 2011 9:52 AM

    You draft in the top 5 for years & eventually you’ll have some talent, it’s a numbers game.

  4. commandercornpone says: Mar 27, 2011 10:04 AM

    … except stay healthy… (ditto on stafford)

    the lions used to have major issues keeping DBs, LBs healthy

    now it’s offensive players…

  5. fanoredsox says: Mar 27, 2011 10:06 AM

    I agree with that unless your G.M.s name is Matt Millen. I am convinced that Millen was colluding with the other teams in Lions division to drive them into the ground as much as he could. No one could make that many bad choices in a row without doing it on purpose.

  6. johnnycash19 says: Mar 27, 2011 10:18 AM

    skoobyfl says: Mar 27, 2011 9:52 AM

    You draft in the top 5 for years & eventually you’ll have some talent, it’s a numbers game.


    Unless Matt Millen is your GM.

  7. Kave Krew says: Mar 27, 2011 10:27 AM

    This is the year for the Lions- finally ridding themselves of the Millen Master Bait Plan

    Good coaching, good talent, good players who want to win….

  8. larryed says: Mar 27, 2011 10:27 AM

    Its a shame they wasted so many years with Matt Millen. How does anyone hire a dude like that for “expert” commentary?

  9. oldecrusty says: Mar 27, 2011 10:35 AM

    NFL Fans National Day of Protest! TODAY!!!!!!

  10. goawayeverybody says: Mar 27, 2011 10:48 AM

    Some players are just “cursed” with injuries. This is one of them.

  11. fanoredsox says: Mar 27, 2011 10:57 AM

    If you are truly protesting, then why are you here oldecrusty? It amazes me that everyone who says that they are protesting the league to make them pay for their current transgressions are always making these statements on either NFL websites or sites that are discussing the NFL. It would stand to reason that if someone is truly boycotting the NFL that they would stay away from all things NFL, especially websites! When all of this settles everyone will go right back to watching games. What other sport offers the kind of gladiator esque violence that NFL does?

  12. liltifer says: Mar 27, 2011 10:57 AM

    “You draft in the top 5 for years & eventually you’ll have some talent, it’s a numbers game.”

    And you’ll also be near the cap, since that too is a numbers game.

    That’s the thing I want to see most out of this lockout – rookie contracts need to be more like the NBA’s.

  13. Dynasty says: Mar 27, 2011 11:04 AM

    Better take this kid in first 2 rounds of fantasy or he’s gone! I’ve won BACK TO BACK Fantasy $$$$ Titles and BEST mark my words is a fantasy BEAST next year.

  14. dewalt2990 says: Mar 27, 2011 11:04 AM

    I don’t know if there’s anything a player can do to prevent turf toe…its a ligament injury. Maybe more stretching? I would hate to think Jahvid is faster than his body can handle.

  15. thefiesty1 says: Mar 27, 2011 11:17 AM

    He’s in Detroit for God’s sake. His name is a misnomer there. Best and the lions just doesn’t compute.

    Schwartz should have stayed in Tennessee. Never gona happen in Detroit.

  16. gbfanforever says: Mar 27, 2011 11:31 AM

    I think it will be interesting to see what happens in 1 -2 years if the lions become competitive again with the large amount of ultra highly paid high first round draft picks on the team. With the the salary cap coming back, and could possibly be more restrictive than before, resigning a guy like Johnson will break the bank. Will the lions see a light at the end of the tunnel only to find out it’s the light of an oncoming financial freight train? After the eons of waiting for a winning season, it would be tough for them to get smacked in free agency.

  17. EJ says: Mar 27, 2011 11:45 AM

    They have drafted in the top ten of the draft for the last 5 years, eventually you start building some talent. Where they lack though is the coaching staff, not the players. Right now, the Lions have a SB caliber team but that missing piece in the coaching staff eliminates them.
    Best could be the best, he needs a personal trainer to work with just him on bulking up a bit.

  18. johnnycash19 says: Mar 27, 2011 1:06 PM

    @EJ You are the most misinformed poster I have seen. The Lions lack the staff? Your kidding right? I mean Schwartz hasn’t been the best but he has improved. Linehan had one of the best offenses in the NFL with 3 different QB’s no #3 WR and 3 different RB’s. Your telling me that Bobby Carpenter and Nathan Vasher are starters on a Super Bowl Team?

  19. jamesmeckerwhat says: Mar 27, 2011 4:09 PM

    I’m not worried about Jahvid moving forward. The Lions interior line is pretty terrible but he still flashed some big play-ability throughout the season, including a clutch ~50 yd catch and run against the Bears with a minute to go in the half. It’ll be exciting to see what he can do on TEN healthy toes and with the deep threat back alongside Stafford/Megatron

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