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Lions’ Kevin Smith: Sky’s the limit for our offense

Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith eludes Green Bay Packers defenders in Detroit Reuters

The running back position is a bit of a question mark for the Lions, but one Detroit running back says there’s no question that the Lions’ offense is in great shape.

Kevin Smith, who didn’t even sign with the Lions until halfway through the season but still finished second on the team with 356 rushing yards last year, said that as long as Calvin Johnson is on the field, there is guaranteed to be room to run.

The sky is the limit,” Smith said, via MLive.com. “I think with the way Calvin plays . . . you have to start with his play. With the receiving game and passing game, all across the board from the receivers to the tight ends, you want that type of threat to open up the run game.”

The Lions don’t run the ball much (they were 31st in the league last year with 356 rushing attempts), but the threat of their passing game makes them effective when they do run (they averaged 4.3 yards a carry). That says more about Johnson than it does about their running backs. It’s nice of Smith to put the credit where it belongs.

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15 Responses to “Lions’ Kevin Smith: Sky’s the limit for our offense”
  1. bigwalt2990 says: May 20, 2012 8:29 AM

    Kevin Smith and guarantee’s don’t miz. He needs to start wearing his mouthguard 24/7. A good running back tho, when healthy.

  2. bigbluefan1 says: May 20, 2012 8:41 AM

    Yeah you really showed the Giants that in the playoffs

  3. lionsdetroitcom says: May 20, 2012 9:43 AM

    ^^ Hey Moron, who played the Giants again???

  4. datdangdrewdundunituhgin says: May 20, 2012 9:56 AM

    there is not enough palm for my face in regards to bigblue1

  5. polegojim says: May 20, 2012 9:59 AM

    Hope and optimism are warm and fuzzy, but nothing beats performance.

    Note to Lions: ‘Sky is the limit’ will only exist when you have a running game that can take the heat off passing… all season… and playoffs… Football 101.

    Ok… that said… no GO LIONS!!!

  6. woodyg says: May 20, 2012 10:27 AM

    The Lions & their fans are starting the ‘delusional train’ again heading into season 2012. Unfortunately, the Lions simply don’t have enough playmakers on the offense to sustain a strong playoff drive. All the competition will have had an offseason to ‘defense’ the Lions. Stop Stafford or Johnson and you stop the Lions.

    Season 2012 looks to be maybe a 6 or 7 win season for the Lions. —- Lion fans will finally start to realize that it takes an entire 53 man roster to be an elite team —- A blue-chipper here or there just won’t cut it.

  7. datdangdrewdundunituhgin says: May 20, 2012 10:59 AM

    yes, stop stafford and johnson, you stop the lions. brilliant! except one thing – that wasn’t a secret last year and it didn’t work. the only thing that stopped the lions were immaturity, and a horrendous defense.

    but point taken, someone should let the jets know that if they can stop brady, they’ll stop the patriots. great comment.

  8. ryancloud says: May 20, 2012 11:05 AM

    What an ignorant post by woodyg. The Lion’s offense if full of weapons and they just drafted another weapon for Stafford in Broyles. Not to mention that last year they were 5th in the league in total offense.

    The Lion’s problem is their secondary, not their offense.

  9. source7769 says: May 20, 2012 11:16 AM

    wow the morons are out today one guy thinks detroit played the giants in the playoffs .. dont see how you can mix the falcons up with the lions , then we got another goon saying the Lions do not have enough playmakers yet Stafford threw for 5000 yrds and 42 yds without a rb and just drafted another wr who was of 1st round talent, you might want to say not enough playmakers on defense cause the secondary is their only weak link and they brought in a bunch of db’s none that stand out but if they can play zone they will be adequate

  10. rockbottom37 says: May 20, 2012 11:37 AM

    Do you ppl live under a rock or just Lion haters…running gm was explosive until Best got hurt…anyone remember the .MNF against the bears …we had like 200 rushing that game vs. A respectable defense …some of you writers don’t even watch the gms…just talk…also we get Mikel Lashoure heathly.this year in case u ppl forgot about him

  11. daysend564 says: May 20, 2012 11:54 AM

    Madden cover…enough said.

    Middling offense at best…

  12. datdangdrewdundunituhgin says: May 20, 2012 11:58 AM

    “dont see how you can mix the falcons up with the lions”

    i’m not sure, probably the same way you mix the falcons up with the saints.

  13. purpleguy says: May 20, 2012 12:53 PM

    Stafford is very close to being an elite QB and Megatron is an elite WR, but there remain pretty significant questions about this team at RB and OL, not to mention a defensive secondary that wasn’t really reinforced much this off-season. The sky may be the limit offensively, but this team is one Stafford hit and a couple LeShoure bong hits away from being 8-8 too.

  14. datdangdrewdundunituhgin says: May 20, 2012 2:08 PM

    ^^totally agree. this team could very well finish 3rd in the north and at or below .500, but it won’t be because the offense has no playmakers.

  15. ghostofgenefrenkle says: May 20, 2012 11:46 PM

    woodyg says:
    May 20, 2012 10:27 AM
    The Lions & their fans are starting the ‘delusional train’ again heading into season 2012. Unfortunately, the Lions simply don’t have enough playmakers on the offense to sustain a strong playoff drive. All the competition will have had an offseason to ‘defense’ the Lions. Stop Stafford or Johnson and you stop the Lions.

    Season 2012 looks to be maybe a 6 or 7 win season for the Lions. —- Lion fans will finally start to realize that it takes an entire 53 man roster to be an elite team —- A blue-chipper here or there just won’t cut it.
    —————————–

    One of Woodyg’s “expert prognosis” from last season:

    woodyg says: Sep 23, 2011 5:02 PM
    2-0 & the hype train goes on ….. Reality will eventually catch up with the Lions & their fans …… They simply do not have enough proven playmakers to be anymore than an 8-8 team in 2011 …..
    Too much ‘mirror-time’ spent by the Lions in self-admiration ……. Look for the Vikes to remind the Lions & their fans that the seaon is 16 games long ….. Vikes 27 ….. Lions 13 ……
    ———————————-

    Keep that spot on analysis coming woody. Always good for a laugh…

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