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Avril agrees with Burleson’s bad-boy assessment of the Lions

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Lions receiver Nate Burleson says that the Lions need to get back to being bad boys.  Appearing on Wednesday’s Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network, Lions defensive end Cliff Avril echoed that assessment.

“I would agree, I mean last year we had that going,” Avril told Erik Kuselias.  “Lot of people calling us nasty because of the way we play.  I think if we embrace that in a sense of play hard and playing physical then they’ll give you that name and we’ll embrace it.  You know, as long as we do what we need to do which is win and play physical and fast.”

The problem is that guys who are nasty on the field sometimes can’t turn it off when they cross the white lines.  And too many of the Lions got in trouble this offseason, proving the connection between being nasty and being nasty.

Still, most fans are willing to tolerate a few mug shots if it means that ultimate success will be something less than a moon shot.

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40 Responses to “Avril agrees with Burleson’s bad-boy assessment of the Lions”
  1. fm31970 says: Oct 17, 2012 9:23 PM

    It’s Janet…Miss Jackson if you’re nasty.

  2. opietaylor says: Oct 17, 2012 9:32 PM

    Yeah I hope these morons play like bad boys. That means another 15 penalties. That plays right into the bears hands. This team starting with their coach are all punks. Listen here punks, you didn’t win against Philly; they lost it. You’re going down on Monday

  3. bearfan34 says: Oct 17, 2012 9:35 PM

    I just want to thank the Lions in advance for all the free yards my team is going to get Monday night. They already played a better coached, less talented version of the Lions this year (Rams) and it went well. I expect this game will as well.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 17, 2012 9:35 PM

    We need more brawn in our attitude, but we also need more brains in our attitude, and the latter is the more valuable one that we are struggling with the most. If we can do BOTH to the best of our ability AND at the same time, THEN we can play A+ ball.

  5. larryboodry says: Oct 17, 2012 9:38 PM

    And they’re still gonna lose Monday night.

  6. purplengold says: Oct 17, 2012 9:47 PM

    little kitties have big meows

  7. chi01town says: Oct 17, 2012 9:51 PM

    WRONG TEAM… WRONG TOWN..ON THE WRONG STAGE to try to play a Nasty football game because Chicago will love it. Thats just they game. SO BY ALL MEANS PLEASE DO.. PLEASE TWICE cause Detroit gone Lose the Nasty game before they lose the football game.

  8. boyshole25 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:00 PM

    I won’t tolerate it. What if one of those guys is drunk and hits your car head on with a car full of your family?

  9. raiderapologist says: Oct 17, 2012 10:02 PM

    Maybe they could just try being good.

  10. noeffinway says: Oct 17, 2012 10:04 PM

    GO LIONS!!!!

  11. ososrule says: Oct 17, 2012 10:05 PM

    Whatever, lets make an NFL team look like the rap game. Get some organization and develop some locker room camaraderie and play football. Win a Superbowl and then run your mouth, don’t be like the Eagles…..

  12. sufferingbirdsfan says: Oct 17, 2012 10:10 PM

    2 wins, yeah, your real bad-@sses…

  13. WatchThis says: Oct 17, 2012 10:14 PM

    I was just thinking too that they worked so hard to drop that image. Then, Suh gets in a fender bender allegedly warning the other driver to back off last week, and then they beat the Eagles. Soo….just saying. We don’t need arrests, suspensions and penalties, but that attitude on the field would be great.

  14. notthathand says: Oct 17, 2012 10:19 PM

    Crashing cars, getting popped for pot and booze isn’t “nasty”, just dumb and immature. Kinda like the how Lions played during the last half of 2011.

    These guys need to step it up by being more intense AND disciplined. Just pay attention, do your jobs, and the taglines, nicknames and epithets will follow.

  15. spacincasen says: Oct 17, 2012 10:27 PM

    Lions didn’t get a “bad-boy” reputation for the way they play… They earned that rep after the whistle and off the field. Nobody has any respect for that.

  16. dannythebisforbeast says: Oct 17, 2012 10:29 PM

    If you have to talk about getting nasty. Your already not and trying to be makes you look like a punk and a fraud

    The old eagles D In late 80’s early 90’s were mean as could be ON the field. Don’t recall them filling up police blotters in the offseason.

  17. bigboi30 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:31 PM

    Just love the time of year we get to play the Bears. Its just to funny. Love how the fans talked do much last year before Monday night and after they were laughed out of town, not one came back to say anything. The only thing that will be different this year is we get to embarrass you in your house on Monday night.

  18. chademer07 says: Oct 17, 2012 11:04 PM

    Here’s a simple concept, play harder and smarter. They beat my Eagles last week cause they played better, not because of this attitude BS.

  19. dino2997 says: Oct 17, 2012 11:10 PM

    The Lions priority is seriously off. There’s a huge difference between being “bad-boy” and being physical but then again these modern day Lions have never been physical. They will get a serious taste of it this Monday.

  20. staffordsyear says: Oct 17, 2012 11:13 PM

    You guys werent talkin this much last year..ya just won games,zip it and play.

    Actions speak louder than words.

  21. danetow says: Oct 17, 2012 11:20 PM

    I just have to laugh at all of the comments about saying the Lions get arrested so much. Since 2000, they have the 10th fewest amount of arrest for any team.

    Minnesota- 39 arrest, Cinci- 37, Denver- 34, Tennessee- 30, Jacksonville- 27, Kansas City- 26, Miami- 26, San Diego- 25….Detroit has 14.

  22. daaabears says: Oct 18, 2012 12:14 AM

    Not smart enough as a whole. Bad=dirty=illegal with these guys.
    Good luck with that.

  23. andyvictory says: Oct 18, 2012 12:19 AM

    Funny, they describe their bad-boy play as both “fast and physical”. Yet this article is accompanied by an image of a blatant facemask call on Desean Jackson, which is generally associated with the words “dirty” “unsafe” and “penalty-prone” in (todays) cotton-soft NFL climate. ALL of the generalizations I listed above will prove detrimental to ones overall success as a team nowadays, a mentality that will only hurt the fans in the long run. Whatever it takes to make these half-whits play hard, bring in the green, and entertain us on Sundays I suppose.

  24. bears615 says: Oct 18, 2012 1:00 AM

    I think Monday nights game will be closer then what people think.

  25. asublimeday says: Oct 18, 2012 1:02 AM

    They tried to play that bad boy routine in Chicago and got their butts whipped. Here’s hoping for the same result. Bear down, kittens e.a.d.

  26. ajknox88 says: Oct 18, 2012 1:52 AM

    I’ll be the first to actually comment on the actual interview.

    Cliff is a stand up guy and said nothing about being nasty or mean or anything along those lines. He was purely a class act and entertaining in this interview.

    Chicago, you will lose big on Monday. Have a great week being pissed off!

  27. zeeman911 says: Oct 18, 2012 2:32 AM

    Ask anyone in the NFL if you could pick a QB to build a franchise around who would they take, stafford or cutler? Stafford comes back in with a dislocated shoulder to throw a winning TD pass as a rookie, Cutler takes himself out of a playoff game with a bruised knee….lol oh yeah by the way Chicago fans, Brandon Marshall is a poor mans megatron!

  28. wolfmanpatriot says: Oct 18, 2012 3:26 AM

    What if one of those guys is drunk and hits your car head on with a car full of your family?
    =================
    First thing I’d want to know is, why is my family in their car?

  29. lionsdraftguy says: Oct 18, 2012 5:05 AM

    Wow, no wonder EVERYONE hates the Bears and their fans. All they do it trash talk.

    You guys better hope your O-line can block, or your little baby QB Cutler will throw a temper tantrum. Who would want that little girl as their QB anyway?

  30. tacosupreme9 says: Oct 18, 2012 5:50 AM

    The Detroit “Hello Kittys”…lol…not a bears fan but it dont take a replacement referee to call this one…Bears win it out right…bears declaw and spade these kittys on Monday night then send them packing back to the motor city…Loins my be the king of the jungle…but u in da windy city hommie…And these bears be hungry.

  31. niubears says: Oct 18, 2012 8:22 AM

    For the 5,452,182 time, Cutler DID have a pretty serious injury in the NFC Title game. And why are you people still talking about it? Give it up already.

    Is it bad that I dislike Lions fans more than Packer fans? At least Packer fans are intelligent when it comes to discussing the game.

    I’m not shoeing in the bears for a win on Monday quite yet mainly because my Bears haven’t impressed me by the teams they’ve beaten. It’ll be a one-possession game and not a blowout like it was at Soldier Field last year where Stafford played more like Joey Harrington

  32. larryboodry says: Oct 18, 2012 9:05 AM

    zeeman911 says: Oct 18, 2012 2:32 AM

    “Ask anyone in the NFL if you could pick a QB to build a franchise around who would they take, stafford or cutler? Stafford comes back in with a dislocated shoulder to throw a winning TD pass as a rookie, Cutler takes himself out of a playoff game with a bruised knee….lol oh yeah by the way Chicago fans, Brandon Marshall is a poor mans megatron!”

    Again, what Cutler had was not a bruise, it was a torn MCL, and more to the point, HE DID NOT TAKE HIMSELF OUT OF THAT GAME. Bears medical staff did.

    Can’t speak for ‘anyone in the NFL’ – and actually neither can you – but I’d take Cutler & Marshall over Stafford & Johnson. (And I’m not bashing your guys, just like my guys better.)

  33. bearzfan says: Oct 18, 2012 9:09 AM

    thestrategyexpert says:Oct 17, 2012 9:35 PM

    We need more brawn in our attitude, but we also need more brains in our attitude, and the latter is the more valuable one that we are struggling with the most. If we can do BOTH to the best of our ability AND at the same time, THEN we can play A+ ball.
    ____________

    “WE”? Are you under the delusion that because you are a fan you have any ownership or role? Even packer fans who have a “certificate of ownership” (AKA, the dope tax) can’t refer to themselves as “WE” when talking about the cheeseheads. So, when the Bears smash “your” Lions, please leave out any reference to you being any part of it.

  34. briggsisbrokeagain says: Oct 18, 2012 9:21 AM

    I agree, the Lions are Bad, as in not good. After Monday night you can kiss the playoffs good bye.

  35. chi01town says: Oct 18, 2012 9:26 AM

    @zeeman911
    You dont Compair a 3 year QB to a 6 year pro bowl QB an think people will pick Matt over Cutler Not happening. Cutler has too many stats over Matt… Mabe you should look at the career stats for both of them. I understand you want detroit to win monday but that aint happening nether. an as far as you thinking Marshall wants to be named after a cartoon forget about it. Marshall has grown up so detroit can keep the toys an cartoons

  36. lionsdraftguy says: Oct 18, 2012 9:28 AM

    @larryboodry

    You SERIOUSLY would take Cutler/Marshall over Stafford/Megatron? You are insane.

    Cutler/Marshall are a good combo, but with Stafford and Calvin, you are getting a better leader in Stafford that is not selfish like Cutler, a better player in Calvin who is not a headache off the field. You truly are a homer if you would rather have Cutler/Marshall.

    As probably the biggest Lions fan on the planet, I will admit if I had to choose the winner for Monday night, Id have to say Chicago, and thats only because they are home, have a better D, and are playing better football RIGHT NOW.

    Overall, i think the Lions have a better team, but they just arent playing like it.

    GO LIONS.

  37. sprtsfan1 says: Oct 18, 2012 9:57 AM

    Ha! The Bears have a better team RIGHT NOW? Your Lions D is atrocious! Shouldn’t even be on the same field as the Bears. What happened to that almighty D-line? Have we actually heard Suh’s or Fairley’s name in a good way this season? You have no running game. Chicago is the most complete team in the NFL this year besides the Niners. When the Bears Offense really starts clicking there’s not a team that they can’t beat. Hopefully it’s starts clicking Monday Night. GO BEARS!

  38. larryboodry says: Oct 18, 2012 10:06 AM

    lionsdraftguy says: Oct 18, 2012 9:28 AM

    @larryboodry

    “You SERIOUSLY would take Cutler/Marshall over Stafford/Megatron? You are insane.

    Cutler/Marshall are a good combo, but with Stafford and Calvin, you are getting a better leader in Stafford that is not selfish like Cutler, a better player in Calvin who is not a headache off the field. You truly are a homer if you would rather have Cutler/Marshall.

    As probably the biggest Lions fan on the planet, I will admit if I had to choose the winner for Monday night, Id have to say Chicago, and thats only because they are home, have a better D, and are playing better football RIGHT NOW.

    Overall, i think the Lions have a better team, but they just arent playing like it.”

    I like your post, even if you did call me insane…While my sanity may be debatable, I am most definitely a homer…That said, yeah, I’d stick with Cutler & Marshall. I like Stafford, wasn’t toothrilled with how he took down DJ Moore during an INT return last November…Jay Cutler, IMHO, gets a bad rap from the media, especially on a national level. Say what you want about his sideline incident with Webb, it has apparently done the trick, and Marshall has repeatedly praised Jay for keeping him focused. And as for Marshall’s BPD and off-field issues, he has been a model citizen since coming to the Bears, I will judge him on that, and five straight 1000-yard seasons.

    I agree with your assessment of Monday night, although anything is possible…Personally, I think the game will be closer than folks think, as long as neither QB gets INT-happy.

    Go Bears!

  39. lionsdraftguy says: Oct 18, 2012 11:15 AM

    @Larryboodry

    Definitely good to read a post from an opposing fan that you can actually talk football with. Seems everyone from all teams want to just trash talk. Gets annoying real quick.

  40. larryboodry says: Oct 18, 2012 11:58 AM

    @lionsdraftguy:

    You ain’t lion…(Yeah, I had to go there.)

    You’re 100% correct about the trash-talking, I will usually refrain, ‘cept when some opposing fan ticks me off…For instance, your view that Cutler is less of a leader than Stafford due to selfishness, I can accept even if I disagree…What gets me are the ‘Bears suck ’cause Cutler’s a punk’ comments, because any two-year-old with no football knowledge could spout that. (And of course, I’ve just invited a bunch of them to do just that.)

    That said, I’m glad to see an opposing fan I can talk football with, too…Not that hard to agree to disagree.

    Can’t wait ’til Monday night.

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