Detroit’s offseason training program was supposed to begin Monday. Instead, Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch helped to organize what may have been the first group work stoppage workout of the offseason.
He met with a total of five teammates in two different sessions at a couple of locations in Detroit.
“There’s the talk, ‘Well, why are you doing something to help owners and stuff while you’re locked out?’ But at the same time selfishly, I want to have my best season next year,” Vanden Bosch told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, who recorded the first lockout workout story of the offseason.
Things will be a little different this year. Vanden Bosch worked out at two different facilities, and one of them was with a group of Detroit Red Wings. He said he didn’t know if his defensive line could be the best in the league if they just started getting together in July.
“I think everybody is at this level because of how competitive they are, and they’re professionals, and once you get past the labor part of this off-season, everybody wants to win next year,” Vanden Bosch said.
We thank Kyle for reminding everyone this morning there will be a next year. The owners and players aren’t that stupid.