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Ex-Lion says no one on the Lions wants to play special teams

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The Lions may have the worst kick coverage in NFL history. One former player who covered kicks for the Lions a couple years ago says there’s a reason for that.

Zack Follett, who played special teams on the Lions in 2009 and 2010, says that the problem in Detroit is no one wants to play special teams, and that attitude has permeated the team, resulting in embarrassments like the Lions becoming the first team in NFL history to allow both a kickoff return touchdown and a punt return touchdown in consecutive games.

“Dang. Special teams comes down to attitude and No one on the Lions wants to be on ST and this is the result,” Follett wrote on Twitter, via the Detroit News.

Whatever the reasons, the Lions’ special teams are terrible, and with better kick coverage they’d probably be 3-1, not 1-3. They’d better find someone who actually wants to make a tackle on special teams soon.

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38 Responses to “Ex-Lion says no one on the Lions wants to play special teams”
  1. ytownjoe says: Oct 1, 2012 5:14 PM

    Do they need a reason to finish in last place?

  2. dublindemonszfl says: Oct 1, 2012 5:16 PM

    They didn’t want to play the last two weeks any way. Stick Kevin Smith out there, he has some free time…….

  3. thevza says: Oct 1, 2012 5:19 PM

    No one on the Lions wants to be special? I find that hard to believe….

  4. markbul says: Oct 1, 2012 5:21 PM

    Jerrod Mayo played on the punt team for the Patriots yesterday. That’s’ the difference.

  5. cwhat32 says: Oct 1, 2012 5:22 PM

    Who cares what some bum free agent says.

  6. bradybbgoat says: Oct 1, 2012 5:23 PM

    They have the worst ST coverage? Not sure about that..

    Did you happen to watch the Eagles last night?

    Michael David Smith: Yes, I did. And they’re not even close to being as bad as the Lions.

  7. theandy59 says: Oct 1, 2012 5:24 PM

    If that’s true, the Lions are done. Championship teams are chock full of guys who’ll run through a wall to help the team win. The Lions will be just another in a long line of talent-heavy teams that never reach their potential; their fans will beat their chests about how they’re team is “loaded”, then wonder at season’s end where it all went wrong.

  8. DailySpew says: Oct 1, 2012 5:25 PM

    I bet you can find a lot of undrafted free agents willing to play special teams. Make some cuts and find somebody hungrier. In this day and age this problem is laughable.

  9. jboyxl73 says: Oct 1, 2012 5:25 PM

    That’s sad that guys who only make a team because of special teams now don’t want to …..

  10. rexranius says: Oct 1, 2012 5:27 PM

    The Lions will always find a way.

  11. 4t9er says: Oct 1, 2012 5:29 PM

    It means that nobody fears losing their job. Where is the competition for roster spots?

  12. mintberrycrunch1 says: Oct 1, 2012 5:32 PM

    Follett isn’t a “bum free agent”, he was forced to retire do to a serious neck injury. He was our best special teams player and goal line LB when he was still healthy. You know the guy is right and it just upsets you to hear it so stop being a thin skinned baby. I’m sick of the Lions having nearly every bad record that exists in the NFL. Get some players in here who want to be here, Mayhew.

  13. ocdn says: Oct 1, 2012 5:36 PM

    Take this at face value. Did any “CURRENT” player on special teams say this?

  14. purpleguy says: Oct 1, 2012 5:38 PM

    That’s hard to believe, but if it’s true, that prima dona attitude is the head coach’s fault.

  15. jeffchadwick says: Oct 1, 2012 6:02 PM

    Follett was a very solid special teams guy for the Lions. Too bad his neck couldn’t handle the NFL as I could have taken a career’s worth of those videos he used to stick on youtube.

    In any event, the special teams unit for the Lions has been beyond awful. Epicly, historically bad. Absolutely, 100 percent the reason why that team is 1-3 and not 3-1. No question.

  16. cmdv8 says: Oct 1, 2012 6:02 PM

    Fire the worst st coach of all time. That would be a good start because it seems like he don’t want to be coaching st anyway

  17. alewatcher says: Oct 1, 2012 6:04 PM

    ocdn says: Oct 1, 2012 5:36 PM

    Take this at face value. Did any “CURRENT” player on special teams say this?

    ——————
    Their play speaks for itself.

  18. mjkelly77 says: Oct 1, 2012 6:06 PM

    … and with better kick coverage they’d probably be 3-1, not 1-3.
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    Not probably. The Lions WOULD be 3-1 with better kick coverage. Review the films and put a few of the gun-shy tacklers back on the street and bring in a some players that are hungry for an NFL position of any kind. Everyone will get the message very quickly.

  19. kiopta1 says: Oct 1, 2012 6:06 PM

    I was at the game and it looked like half the O and D didn’t want to play…not just the ST.

  20. sullijo1 says: Oct 1, 2012 6:15 PM

    Does Detroit still have an NFL team….last time I visited that city it looked like everyone had left looking for jobs somewhere else.

  21. randallflagg52 says: Oct 1, 2012 6:18 PM

    It’s the lions…

  22. davikes says: Oct 1, 2012 6:22 PM

    Start churning the bottom of the roster. Cut 2 or 3 guy whose only real role is ST, then add some guys off the waiver wire. That will wake them up.

  23. bobhk says: Oct 1, 2012 6:25 PM

    mjkelly77 says:
    Oct 1, 2012 6:06 PM
    … and with better kick coverage they’d probably be 3-1, not 1-3.
    _______________

    Not probably. The Lions WOULD be 3-1 with better kick coverage. Review the films and put a few of the gun-shy tacklers back on the street and bring in a some players that are hungry for an NFL position of any kind. Everyone will get the message very quickly.

    —–
    Lions could easily be 0-4, if rams could hold a lead.
    Lions fans say they have talent. Then the blame falls on schnartz and his staff

  24. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 1, 2012 6:25 PM

    Well I wouldn’t pawn off the blame on the players. For one, if the players aren’t the right players then that’s the job of the GM to get the right players. Right players or wrong players, what comes first is the leadership and we need somebody to install a winning attitude into this team AND a winning schematic design, and I don’t feel we are being successful from either front.

    Either way the product on the field is what needs to be improved regardless of what the names of the specific players are. The GM and the coaches need to sort that stuff out before the season and make sure they are the best in the league in that department, that’s the name of the game and we are way behind.

  25. hehateme2 says: Oct 1, 2012 6:29 PM

    The Lions have a lot to learn about being a winning franchise. They just don’t seem ready for prime time.

  26. gosuhgo says: Oct 1, 2012 6:58 PM

    I want all new coordinators everywhere. Especially Linehan. Imagine what a Sean Payton or someone of similar offensive mind could do with this team. We just don’t have the playcaller to utilize this offense.

  27. dolphins512 says: Oct 1, 2012 7:11 PM

    This is a coaching issue plane and simple. I’m a Phins fans….and I have watched our new head coach send out top receiver (Brandon Marshall) to the Bears and our top DB (Vontae Davis) to the Colts because of attitude, disruption in the locker room and a lack of professionalism both on and off the field. Philbin just will not tolerate it.

    I would think that the Coaching staff in Detroit might want to give this a try. That Lions team is way too talented to be 1-3.

  28. bgoochy says: Oct 1, 2012 7:13 PM

    TACKLING is their problem both on defense and on special teams. The guys are getting there. They’re putting a shoulder pad on the opponent. They simply are not wrapping them up and TACKLING.

  29. patfic15 says: Oct 1, 2012 7:19 PM

    The Lions peaked last year. They remind me of those youngry Bucks from a few years back. All goes back to coaching and discipline.

  30. billybills says: Oct 1, 2012 7:22 PM

    The lions are like the chargers from a couple years back when they were the top ranked offense and defense but had one of the historically worse ST units

  31. tucostacos says: Oct 1, 2012 7:24 PM

    I’ve watched a lot of Lions this year (ugh, season ticket has it’s bad side) and it’s just not the special teams. CJ is not himself, that girl named Suh hasn’t made a play yet and fat face Stafford looks like he’s ready to call it quits and become a fat guy.

  32. stoney18 says: Oct 1, 2012 7:24 PM

    Maybe that helmet logo isn’t really a lion, but a “very small feline?”

  33. jpb12 says: Oct 1, 2012 7:38 PM

    Entitlement.

  34. godevilsasu says: Oct 1, 2012 7:55 PM

    My favorite player in the whole league is special teams captain John Wendling, and it’s very possible that Zack could be right, but ask John. In the preseason when he was asking about filling in for Delmas he basically said that he’d do what he had to do but looked forward to getting back on special teams. Although, he shed a block and took a bad angle on the punt return, if you look at the kick return, he was the only guy that stayed in his lane and he followed Harvin all the way down field. I think the specials teams unit missed having him, and him being re-inserted into the unite will help a small, small bit, but hopefully it will rub off on the other ten guys, but regardless of the reason, this needs to be fixed right away. Despite not playing a good game, it was the special teams that lost the game both yesterday and against Tennessee.

  35. ampats says: Oct 1, 2012 8:01 PM

    Is Suh playing or on IR because I haven’t heard his name mentioned this season?

  36. gosuhgo says: Oct 1, 2012 9:34 PM

    ampats says:
    Oct 1, 2012 8:01 PM
    Is Suh playing or on IR because I haven’t heard his name mentioned this season?
    ________________________
    I know he hasnt been blowing people up exactly, but he has 2 1/2 sacks and the defense gave up a whopping 6 points yesterday. It looked bad against the Titans but I thought Houston looked really solid and we held AP in check from chunking us or breaking the big play. It was literally the special teams…and PETTIGREW. GOD PETTIGREW. I would trade him and all of next years picks for Vernon Davis.

  37. loslions says: Oct 2, 2012 12:20 AM

    ampats says: Oct 1, 2012 8:01 PM

    Is Suh playing or on IR because I haven’t heard his name mentioned this season?

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    Watch a little football before you criticize. He has the third most sacks of all DTs. Is he the best DT? No. Is he responsible for the Lions’ horrible start? No.

  38. ajonesmc931 says: Oct 2, 2012 1:07 PM

    Titans had a punt return for a td and a kickoff return for a td

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