Lions only team in the NFL without a preseason sack

AP

There are plenty of conditions to put on this one, but the Lions are in a condition they hope passes soon.

According to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press, through two weeks of preseason games, they’re the only team in the league which hasn’t recorded a sack. Now, starters aren’t playing full games, and some of the guys who get sacks in August never make regular season rosters. And preseason defenses are generally vanilla because teams spend more time evaluating than game-planning, but there’s still at least a mild cause for concern.

“Now since you guys are telling me that — because I didn’t realize that myself — now I know what I have to do,” veteran defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois said. “Or what we have to do as a group and a unit, to get on that field and make sure we get to the quarterback, because we’ve got to get pressure. You can’t sit in this league without no sacks.

“And I understand it’s preseason and most people may be like, ‘Aah, it’s no biggie.’ It is a biggie, because if you can’t execute that now, imagine when the season comes up and you’re playing against ones the whole time where people have a whole game plan and video against you. So you can only imagine how (much) harder it’ll be then than trying to get it done now.”

When Lions coach Matt Patricia was in New England, his defenses were in the top seven in sacks two of the last three seasons. And the rookie coach shrugged off the statistical anomaly.

“Again, we’re really not into stats here right now,” Patricia said. “As far as that’s concerned, we’re into evaluation. That’s the biggest thing and that’s the most important process for us right now. Stats aren’t going to get us anything as far as the regular season is concerned right now in the preseason. But evaluating our team and our talent and our ability, and what we have from that standpoint, and making sure we really understand that’s the biggest concern for us and the biggest thing that we have to try to figure out.

“So obviously if we’re not getting great production, we’re going to make sure that we try to improve that the best we can.”

The Lions are also just getting star defensive end Ziggy Ansah back in action, after he started camp on the physically unable to perform list and played in his first game last week, so it might be a little soon to panic.

16 responses to “Lions only team in the NFL without a preseason sack

  1. When are owners going to realize Belichick assistants are not Belichick. Every single one of them has been a bust as a head coach. I do not see Matt as being anything different.

  2. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    August 23, 2018 at 6:17 am
    When are owners going to realize Belichick assistants are not Belichick. Every single one of them has been a bust as a head coach…
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    FWIW, some BB assistants have had varying levels of success as Head Coaches at the college level (Saban, Ferentz, Groh, O’Brien to name four). At the pro level I would argue that the jury may still be out on O’Brien, but success is hardly out of the question.

  3. How is Rob Brzezinski a Magician, isn’t his job to manage the salary cap? Viking fans are probably the least intelligent fan base in the NFL. Furthermore, how in the world did you come the conclusion that the Lions should know better than anyone? The Lions haven’t had a playoff victory since 1991.

  4. “Again, we’re really not into stats here right now,” is what coaches say when their stats are awful. He might as well as said, “Because our stats are awful, we’re not discussing them. Let’s discuss cheaper beer prices at Ford Field.”

  5. stucats says:

    August 23, 2018 at 8:00 am

    I can’t believe this meat-head still walks around with that pencil in his ear.

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    Meat-head? He has a degree in aeronautical engineering from RPI. He is literally a rocket scientist.

  6. The Lions were pre-season champions (undefeated) the same year they didn’t win a single regular season game. That should tell you exactly what you need to know about the pre-season.

  7. 2ndstringqbshredsPatriots(Patricia) says:
    August 23, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    How is Rob Brzezinski a Magician, isn’t his job to manage the salary cap? Viking fans are probably the least intelligent fan base in the NFL. Furthermore, how in the world did you come the conclusion that the Lions should know better than anyone? The Lions haven’t had a playoff victory since 1991.
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    Yeah, I’m the idiot.

    Rob Brzezinski does manage the salary cap, and he continually figures out ways to fit big contracts under the cap. In that sense, it’s like he’s working magic. Or were you thinking that I was saying he was literally a magician, and you were just informing me of what his actual occupation is? If that’s it, I’m sorry for confusing you.

    Now the reason Lions fans should know better than anyone that the preseason doesn’t matter is because they were 4-0 in the preseason the same year they were 0-16 in the regular season. I guess it was too difficult for you to connect those dots.

  8. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 23, 2018 at 5:29 pm
    2ndstringqbshredsPatriots(Patricia) says:
    August 23, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    How is Rob Brzezinski a Magician, isn’t his job to manage the salary cap? Viking fans are probably the least intelligent fan base in the NFL. Furthermore, how in the world did you come the conclusion that the Lions should know better than anyone? The Lions haven’t had a playoff victory since 1991.
    ___________

    Yeah, I’m the idiot.

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    I agree that you’re an idiot, but wow you must feel good about that rant.

    Rob can’t even manage the cap properly to acquire a decent QB, as far as the Vikings and Rob are concerned its one big ball of failure.

    The Vikings have ZERO Championships.

    ZERO.

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