With help from Lions, Reynaud and Harvin win Player of the Month

AP

The AFC and NFC special teams players of the month for September have something in common: They’re return men who played against the Lions.

Detroit’s dreadful kick coverage units gave up four return touchdowns in September, and two of the return men who scored against the Lions — Tennessee’s Darius Reynaud and Minnesota’s Percy Harvin — were named the AFC and NFC special teams players of the month.

Reynaud has 15 kickoff returns for 408 yards (a 27.2-yard average), including a 105-yard touchdown against the Lions. Reynaud also fielded a punt and then threw the ball across the field on a trick play that resulted in another touchdown for the Titans against the Lions.

Harvin has nine kickoff returns for 345 yards (a 38.3-yard average), including a 105-yard touchdown against the Lions. After Harvin returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown in Detroit, the Lions threw in the towel and kicked high and short on their next two kickoffs to keep the ball out of Harvin’s hands.

Lions special teams coordinator Danny Crossman told the team’s website that he’s determined to get the kick coverage better.

It’s my problem as the coach,” Crossman said. “My name is on it. I will get it corrected.”

If it doesn’t get corrected, Reynaud and Harvin won’t be the last return men to be honored by the NFL for their performance against the Lions.

26 responses to “With help from Lions, Reynaud and Harvin win Player of the Month

  1. I remember worrying a out harvin when we took him in the 1st round. He failed a drug test and had “character” issues. After Troy Williamson I thought this could be a disaster. Now look at this kid. Takes hand offs, probably top 3 slot receivers in the league, and always a threat with the ball in his hands. Especially 5 yards deep in the end zone.

  2. That team seems like it has plenty of talent throughout the roster. It’s not like they just don’t have the athletes necessary to be at least competent in covering kicks. So, how can it NOT be the coaching?

  3. Well, with the lockout and all you can’t expect the Lions to start out roaring …. wait, that was last year… Nevermind!

    Go Tigers! Detroit’s living felines.

  4. Make a couple routine tackles on special teams and the Lions are 3-1. I’m sure there will be someone blaming these on Suh somehow.

  5. How many players of the month will Minnesota have after they finish the year on a 6 game losing streak? Just wait until they’re schedule finally matches them up against the big boys.

  6. Hyzers,

    You are absolutely right. Of COURSE the Vikings would have sat on a 7 point deficit just like they did a 14 point lead in the second half. Right. Just keep telling yourself that.

    Detroit has been and always will be the place Talent goes to die. Wasn’t Detroit’s last playoff win right after Eisenhower got elected?

  7. It’s amazing that you can be so biased against certain teams and still be retained as a “sportswriter” by a major network.
    Your Cowboys aren’t looking so hot either last I checked.

  8. Hey Venkman,

    Explain to me how the ‘boys’ get ‘bigger’ than the 49ers, please.

    And don’t give me that lame line about San Fran losing rather than Minny winning. The Minnesota Vikings handed the 49ers their hoity-toity butts and everyone saw it.

    Sure, the schedule gets tougher. Have you seen the parade of upsets and “Power Poll” toppers tumbling this season? This is why they play the games, bubba.

  9. Peter Venkman says:
    Oct 4, 2012 1:19 PM
    How many players of the month will Minnesota have after they finish the year on a 6 game losing streak? Just wait until they’re schedule finally matches them up against the big boys.
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    Lions fan? Feel sorry for you…

  10. Peter Venkman | Oct 4, 2012, 10:19 AM MST
    How many players of the month will Minnesota have after they finish the year on a 6 game losing streak? Just wait until they’re schedule finally matches them up against the big boys.
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    I know cuz the 9ers & Lions are such crappy teams ?… We’ve got no chance lmfao!!! Haters hate

  11. beedubyatoo says:Oct 4, 2012 3:07 PM

    Randall Cobb is salivating as the Packers play them twice. Unfortunatly, the Lions will only have a one chance to kick off in each game.

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    Randall Cobb is a poor man’s current Devin Hester.

  12. 7ransponder says:
    Oct 4, 2012 4:16 PM
    beedubyatoo says:Oct 4, 2012 3:07 PM

    Randall Cobb is salivating as the Packers play them twice. Unfortunatly, the Lions will only have a one chance to kick off in each game.

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    Randall Cobb is a poor man’s current Devin Hester.

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    Couldn’t agree more!!

    Along the same vein, Christian Ponder is a poor man’s current Joe Theisman.

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