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Tulloch declares Lions to be a playoff team

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We’re still waiting for a player or a coach to declare that his team is going to suck in the coming season.

While we wait, Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch has become the latest player to pronounce that his team is going to be good.

This team is a playoff team,” Tulloch said Monday, via Gillian Van Stratt of MLive.com.  “You guys come out here every day, you see what’s going on.  We just got to put it together.”

Tulloch thinks the Lions have engaged in a little addition by subtraction, thanks to the dumping of certain members of the organization.

“We got rid of some players that were kind of dragging us down and we got players here that want to win and understands what it takes to win,” Tulloch said.  “Bringing guys in like Glover Quinn, who’s been to playoff games.  Bringing a guy in like Reggie Bush, who’s been to playoff games.  Guys who are experienced with veteran leadership will help us grow as a team and will definitely pay dividends in the long run.”

As to those who were dragging Detroit down, Tulloch didn’t name names.  The Lions have parted ways with players like Titus Young, Gosder Cherilus, Cliff Avril, and Justin Durant since last year’s 4-12 campaign ended.

Regardless of who was or wasn’t committed to winning in 2012, Tulloch may be right.  The Lions have a franchise quarterback, one of the very best receivers in the game, a solid tight end in Brandon Pettigrew, and Reggie Bush should help provide a dynamic the Lions have lacked since Jahvid Best suffered the concussion that ended his career in Detroit.

The Lions were 5-0 in 2011 with Best playing.  In the next game, Best absorbed another concussion.  Since then, the Lions are 9-19.

They could win more than nine games in 2013 with Bush joining a team that seems on paper to be more like the 2011 edition than the disappointment of 2012.

So, yes, Tulloch may be right.  Meanwhile we’ll keep waiting for the player or coach to admit that 2013 is destined to be a long, miserable year.

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32 Responses to “Tulloch declares Lions to be a playoff team”
  1. unbiasfan says: Jul 29, 2013 8:23 PM

    Wait did Tulloch use “Lions” and “Playoffs” in the same sentence? LOL……

  2. bsandersislegend20 says: Jul 29, 2013 8:24 PM

    I love the Lions but this is where the haters put their 2 cents in.

  3. jimnaizeeum says: Jul 29, 2013 8:27 PM

    Well they do have the best DT combo in history…according to Fairley.

  4. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 29, 2013 8:29 PM

    Is there a consolation bracket this year?

  5. purpleguy says: Jul 29, 2013 8:30 PM

    I seriously doubt they will be as lousy as they were last year.

  6. hendeeze says: Jul 29, 2013 8:31 PM

    Daily reminder that Stafford is 1-23 against winning teams, which means he is the best QB they have had in over a decade.

  7. bennyb82 says: Jul 29, 2013 8:36 PM

    We are usually a playoff caliber team…but there are just not enough open playoff slots.

  8. raiderapologist says: Jul 29, 2013 8:38 PM

    I don’t know. Dennis Allen came pretty close to saying Oakland has a good chance to suck this season.

  9. wheezerswin says: Jul 29, 2013 8:40 PM

    I would love to see the Lions raise up to be contenders. It would more entertaining than watching the packers beat down the Vikings every year.

  10. congas1 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:10 PM

    no player or coach is throwin in this early that’s stupid at least oct but the lions will be 3 & 1 so ain’t nobody throwin in period

  11. larryboodry says: Jul 29, 2013 9:13 PM

    He could be right, although getting to ten wins one year after only winning four might be tough…But then, no one expected to Vikes to contend last year, either.

    That said, I am not sold on a QB with a career 17-28 record – and the 1-23 mark against winning teams – being a franchise QB.

  12. nananatman says: Jul 29, 2013 9:20 PM

    Talk to the Raiders, they seem prepared to admit they are terrible.

  13. bmoreravens1012013 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:27 PM

    All that talent at multiple key positions…Um…can someone tell me why I still think they will miss the playoffs and implode late in the season? Just saying….

  14. jimw42 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:34 PM

    tulloch said the same about the titans every year he was there

  15. hatesycophants says: Jul 29, 2013 9:34 PM

    I agree, Mike. However, you don’t start talking about the playoffs untill you make the playoffs.

    Go Lions!

  16. weekendwarriorko says: Jul 29, 2013 9:36 PM

    The Lions certainly have the talent to be contenders. They have a quarterback who can make any throw in the book (although he makes some questionable ones too), the best WR in the game and a versatile RB. With Broyles and Burleson returning to health, the offense could be potent indeed. It comes down to the secondary, the O-line and eliminating the stupid mistakes. If the first two are improved and the mistakes eliminated, the Lions could be competing for a playoff spot.

  17. raiders4lyfe17 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:36 PM

    In his dreams…..

  18. irishgary says: Jul 29, 2013 9:58 PM

    Schwartz is still the head coach, that’s good for 10 loses, they’ll battle the queens for last in the north

  19. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 29, 2013 10:02 PM

    Rock on Tulloch!

  20. myschwartzisbiggerthenyours says: Jul 29, 2013 10:06 PM

    Here we go again with the media twisting a player’s words. Tulloch didn’t say the Lions are going to the playoffs, he didn’t guarantee anything, he is simply saying they have playoff level talent. If you notice he also said “We just got to put it together.”

  21. wildbob says: Jul 29, 2013 10:09 PM

    I hate how things like this are presented as news stories. I’m sure any fan would rather have players on their favorite team with confidence in their teammates and the organization than players who go into the season thinking they will be on a bad team.

  22. visible4 says: Jul 29, 2013 10:19 PM

    “The Lions were 5-0 in 2011 with Best playing. In the next game, Best absorbed another concussion. Since then, the Lions are 9-19.”

    Actually the Lions were on a 9 game winning streak with Best in the lineup (dating back to the previous season).

  23. thedcunit says: Jul 29, 2013 10:51 PM

    I declare my home school football team to make the playoffs too

  24. lks311 says: Jul 29, 2013 10:52 PM

    If people just focused on the talent then the declaration makes a ton of sense.

  25. garrison1981 says: Jul 29, 2013 11:21 PM

    Oh go go figure..”unbiased an” is being bias again. Ur a joke!

  26. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 29, 2013 11:45 PM

    If the Lions are making the playoffs, I guess the NFL North will be the first division to have four playoff teams.

  27. axespray says: Jul 30, 2013 12:36 AM

    I still have no clue how my Packers beat ‘em last year, no Clay – no Woodson, There were fumbles with no one near a lion’s player – Ryan Pickett had a sack, I think…. Offensive line wasn’t completely mauled by Suh & Fairley…

    That team walked under a ladder before the 2012 season or something, so many games they gave away.

  28. jimmylions says: Jul 30, 2013 4:02 AM

    Everyone is going to the Super Bowl in July!

    I wish Jason Hanson could still play this season, but he had a major run. Even without him, our special teams should be greatly improved. We’ve made some nice moves on offense and defense.

    I feel more confident than my friends who are Raiders fans.

  29. yooperman says: Jul 30, 2013 6:50 AM

    I won’t believe they are a playoff team until Soulman says it’s true.

  30. walkinginthewasteland says: Jul 30, 2013 8:20 AM

    I see Reggie Bush fitting right in with the over-hyped, under performing nature of the Lions.

  31. tommywod1 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:10 AM

    Hendeeze: lions are also 5-1 against teams with an 8-8 record… Nothing to be proud of but just shows you stats can always be skewed one way or another. Also shows just how difficult their schedule is year after year.

  32. rajbais says: Jul 30, 2013 9:29 AM

    You’re not even one on paper.

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