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Lions’ Dominic Raiola: Negative teammates “aren’t here anymore”

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Lions center Dominic Raiola was part of Matt Millen’s first draft class in 2001, so he has lived through as bad a run as an NFL team can have. And he says there’s no danger that the 2-4 Lions are going to go through anything like that again.

Raiola told the Detroit Free Press that the Lions’ struggles this year aren’t the same as the team’s struggles in the past, because the negative attitude that once pervaded the locker room in Detroit is gone. Raiola credited coach Jim Schwartz for running off anyone who wasn’t buying into the way the Lions do things, and he said this is a very different team than the team that had a losing record in each of Raiola’s first 10 seasons.

“No, I don’t think so,” Raiola said of the Lions going in the tank this season. “I think before Jim got here, those guys are out of here. And if they are [around], they’ll be gone soon. I don’t think we need to worry about guys packing it up early or giving up or quitting on the team, because that’s not here anymore.”

Raiola said the Lions’ locker room was once a bad place to be, but that’s no longer the case.

“I’m glad those guys aren’t here anymore because the negativity is contagious and it spreads like a fire, because you’ve got one guy saying it, then a veteran thinks it,” he said. “We don’t have guys like that. We’ve got good, solid veteran workers that like to work, guys that are going to be here for a long time. Our stars are going to be here for a long time. And I think that’s the core of our team, so I don’t think there’s any chance of that happening. I know it’s not going to happen.”

The attitude in Detroit may be better, but the record isn’t. A 2-4 team with a good attitude is still a 2-4 team.

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16 Responses to “Lions’ Dominic Raiola: Negative teammates “aren’t here anymore””
  1. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Oct 26, 2012 11:32 AM

    It would be funny if his first name started with the letter R.

  2. mikeyarch53 says: Oct 26, 2012 11:52 AM

    What?

  3. larryboodry says: Oct 26, 2012 11:54 AM

    Hard to be negative when you’re high.

  4. lks311 says: Oct 26, 2012 11:58 AM

    Raiola may be fiery and a great teammate, but the truth of the matter is that he’s a 10+ year veteran and he screwed up on the seminal play of the Titans game that, at the very least, caused them a chance to tie…if not win. Small plays like that have the ability to alter the very course of a season.

    He may not think of himself as part of the problem, but he is. Schwartz has to finish the job started last year and move on from the past regime.

  5. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Oct 26, 2012 12:07 PM

    What? That was a good one.

  6. wheresmyjuice says: Oct 26, 2012 12:13 PM

    They moved the ball very well against that CHI D. Without the repeated red zone gaffes, I’d say that was one of the better offensive displays put up on CHI this year.

  7. 303bengalguy says: Oct 26, 2012 12:19 PM

    Besides (insert 1st rd. WR NOT named Megatron HERE), who might he be referring to?

    Charlie Rodgers, Mike Williams and Roy Williams are gone… big deal… Those guys haven’t been an issue in the D for at least 2-3 years now. So why is this relevant? Who else?

    PS, Raiola hasn’t been very good this year in the limited times I’ve seen him.

  8. therealgts says: Oct 26, 2012 12:23 PM

    What are you trying to say samanthasteele?

  9. lionsdraftguy says: Oct 26, 2012 12:52 PM

    Wow, no trash talk about the Lions?

    Ah. maybe the Bears and Niners fans arent awake yet.

  10. larryboodry says: Oct 26, 2012 12:56 PM

    wheresmyjuice says: Oct 26, 2012 12:13 PM

    “They moved the ball very well against that CHI D. Without the repeated red zone gaffes, I’d say that was one of the better offensive displays put up on CHI this year.”

    That Chicago D forced 4 turnovers, plus two fumbles that went out of bounds, and held you scoreless for the first 59 1/2 minutes…If that is indeed one of the ‘better’ offensive displays we allow the rest of the way, I’ll be thrilled.

  11. cmutimmah says: Oct 26, 2012 12:58 PM

    303bengalguy

    The negative receivers jaded others. Raiola might not realize that they are still there… KVB’s and Burleson’s attitudes helped… but didn’t save this team.

  12. klunge says: Oct 26, 2012 1:00 PM

    samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says:
    Oct 26, 2012 11:32 AM
    It would be funny if his first name started with the letter R.
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    I see what you did there. Arreola is actually a common last name in Mexico. It’s OK to say it.

  13. duanethomas says: Oct 26, 2012 1:24 PM

    The wins arent there either. Most overrated hyped team in the league.

  14. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 26, 2012 1:28 PM

    He said “negative teammates.” As in those players like Dre Bly who had negative attitudes towards playing and not excited about trying to win a game.

    NOT those who aren’t jail-bound.

  15. freebird2011 says: Oct 26, 2012 1:29 PM

    I believe Raiola was referring to Shaun Rogers and James Hall (in terms of those players gone before Schwartz arrived).

    After Schwartz arrived, I’m betting CB Brandon McDonald was one of them given that he was cut at a time when the Lions were desperate for CBs last season.

  16. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 26, 2012 1:30 PM

    wheresmyjuice says:
    Oct 26, 2012 12:13 PM
    They moved the ball very well against that CHI D. Without the repeated red zone gaffes, I’d say that was one of the better offensive displays put up on CHI this year.
    ___________________________

    - 94 yards in the first half
    - The last three games….12 turnovers by the Lions.
    - Outgained the Bears in every game Matthew Stafford has survived.

    That whole, “the Lions gave the Bears the game” is getting old. They’ve always given us the game. Except that one fateful Monday night.

    I can almost guarantee a turnover by Matthew Stafford everytime we play.

    O, Jay Cutler is 6-1 as a Bear againt the Lions.

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