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Chris Houston: Lions hurt by having too many impending free agents in 2012

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Bears General Manager Phil Emery said that he wouldn’t be signing any of the team’s impending free agents, a group that includes quarterback Jay Cutler and cornerback Charles Tillman in addition to other key contributors, before the end of the 2013 season.

The Bears’ plan would seem to be to use this first year under new coach Marc Trestman as a proving ground for the players with expiring contracts before picking which ones they want to keep around as the foundation for their team in the future. Emery said he hasn’t heard any bad vibes from players about that plan, but a player from one of the Bears’ divisional rivals offered up a note of caution on Monday.

Lions cornerback Chris Houston was headed toward free agency last year along with several other members of the Lions defense and said that led to problems that contributed to Detroit’s tumble from the playoffs to a 4-12 record.

“It left a bad taste, but you can see the chemistry is so much better now,” Houston said, via Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News. “A lot of guys were working for themselves last year. We got a lot of young guys now and they listen, no big egos or nothing. It’s going to be a much better year.”

Every team is different and you need only look at the Ravens to see how things can work out just fine for a team with a slew of players about to become free agents, so it’s not like the Bears are guaranteed to run into trouble. One could even argue that the way that players deal with impending free agency gives you another data point to use when deciding whether to commit long-term money and that the biggest lesson the Lions learned was that they had too many players who weren’t worthy of sticking around the team.

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14 Responses to “Chris Houston: Lions hurt by having too many impending free agents in 2012”
  1. broccolilava says: Jul 30, 2013 9:23 AM

    Losing 2/3 of your starting receivers, your star running back and half your DB’s doesn’t help, either.

  2. filthymcnasty1 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:25 AM

    The Bears really don’t want to pay the same guys that have lost 6 straight games to the Packers. Incompetence should not be rewarded.

  3. Stupid Lions Fan says: Jul 30, 2013 9:31 AM

    He just described Cliff Avril

  4. whatjusthapped says: Jul 30, 2013 9:31 AM

    Excuses, excuses, they are like the weather, if you don’t like what is being offered up today, wait till tomorrow, it will change to something else.

    The Lions do a lot more losing than winning and there are many reasons for that, the least is the pending FA contracts.

  5. recoil47 says: Jul 30, 2013 9:48 AM

    The word Chris Houston was looking for there is: “Undisciplined.”

  6. mrgreenbird says: Jul 30, 2013 10:20 AM

    One big difference:

    Lions are to Bears as Apples are to Oranges or better yet as Turds are to Professionals.

  7. rockthered1286 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:28 AM

    “Every team is different and you need only look at the Ravens to see how things can work out just fine for a team with a slew of players about to become free agents.”

    I’m sorry, I thought according to 75% of PFT trolls the Ravens are a horrible organization from the top down?

  8. lightcleric says: Jul 30, 2013 10:31 AM

    Titus Young being a nutcase didn’t help, either…

  9. purpleguy says: Jul 30, 2013 10:43 AM

    Chemistry schmemistry — winning teams have it, and losers don’t — it’s that simple.

  10. jazsrt says: Jul 30, 2013 12:22 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Jul 30, 2013 9:25 AM
    The Bears really don’t want to pay the same guys that have lost 6 straight games to the Packers. Incompetence should not be rewarded.

    ___________________________________

    The 49′ers are wondering the same thing about the Packers/Clay Matthews deal.

    (albeit not 6 loses….yet.)

  11. mylionsroaring says: Jul 30, 2013 2:12 PM

    The Lions will make the Bear loving media look like a tool this year. The Lions may not win the North (Although they may), but they wont be below 2nd place for sure.

    Thumbs down now will just cause you to chow down on humble pie in January.

  12. Waffle 2.0 says: Jul 30, 2013 5:18 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:Jul 30, 2013 9:25 AM

    The Bears really don’t want to pay the same guys that have lost 6 straight games to the Packers. Incompetence should not be rewarded.
    ————————————————
    The Bears lost to the Packers in the past because of 1 things:
    1. No coherent scheme or playcalling to cover for terrible O line combined with no weapons until last year.

    Enter a true playcaller, an upgraded line and a scheme to limit the pressure on the line and the quarterback. Add that to the D that always does pretty well against the Pack and we should see a split between the two teams this year at the very least.

    What linebackers are going to cover M.Bennett if they try to double Marshall? How likely is it that the refs will give the Pack so many OPI calls against Jeffrey?

    This is going to be a great year for the NFCN.

    Bears 12-4
    Pack 11-5
    Lions 9-7
    Vikings 8-8

  13. axespray says: Jul 30, 2013 7:05 PM

    jazsrt says:
    Jul 30, 2013 12:22 PM
    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Jul 30, 2013 9:25 AM
    The Bears really don’t want to pay the same guys that have lost 6 straight games to the Packers. Incompetence should not be rewarded.
    ___________________________________

    The 49′ers are wondering the same thing about the Packers/Clay Matthews deal.

    (albeit not 6 loses….yet.)
    ————————————
    Clay and the Packers are wondering when these “Great” 49ers are gonna win a ring – nothing but hype – Jim’s 49ers are this decade’s Chargers – all HYPE with no rings to show for it.

  14. rextraordinaire says: Jul 31, 2013 10:35 AM

    People, just stop

    Responding to filthymcnasty1 is responding to terrorism

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