Darrell Bevell hopes new offensive linemen make for tougher, nastier run game

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Reggie Bush ran for more than 1,000 yards with the Lions in 2013, which ended an eight-year stretch without a back reaching that milestone but it proved to be a momentary change in fortunes on the ground.

No Lions back has run for more than 860 yards in any of the last six seasons and they moved to address the run game in multiple ways this offseason. They drafted running back D'Andre Swift in the second round before adding guards Jonah Jackson and Logan Stenberg later in the proceedings.

They also signed likely right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai in free agency and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is hopeful that the new faces on the offensive line are the key to opening the floodgates on the ground.

“You really want those tough, nasty grinders because that’s what it is in the run game,” Bevell said, via the team’s website. “It’s a grown man’s type of game and I’ve always talked on here that’s something we really hang our hat on and we weren’t able to do it as well as we wanted to last year. So, hopefully some of these additions will be able to help us do that.”

Quarterback Matthew Stafford said earlier this offseason that being in the same offense for a second season is an advantage and a step up on the ground would go a long way toward making the most out of that advantage in Detroit.

7 responses to “Darrell Bevell hopes new offensive linemen make for tougher, nastier run game

  1. Bevell thought Tarvaris Jackson was a starting-calibre QB in the NFL, so I wouldn’t put too much stock in his judgment.

  2. Bevfool should of handed off to Marshawn. Seattle should of sacked Bevfool on February 2, 2015……..

  3. It was clear when they brought in Vaitai in FA, then added Stenberg in particular but also Jackson in the draft, it was a clear signal of intent to make the run game better, say top ten maybe.

    We all know how good Stafford is ( borderline top 5 )but imagine how much better that offence could be with a decent run game.

  4. Great running games always create great play-action passing opportunities (not exactly one of Bevel’s offensive system calling cards). I really, really like Matt Stafford, but if he’s a top 5 QB, borderline or not, then in that world Matt Patricia is slated to be on the next cover of body builder magazine.

  5. Purpleguy. Guess you need to do some research.

    Stafford finished in the top 10 in the NFL in passer rating on passes while using play-action
    in 2019.

    His play-action rating was 25 points higher than his overall season passer rating of 89.9,

  6. curmudgeon13,
    So your going to pick out one play( Not sure if it was Bevells, or Carrolls call.) Anyways, that’s pretty petty. GO LIONs!!!!!!

  7. Purpleguy.

    Russell Wilson was NFL’s second best play-action passer in 2016…..O.C. Bevell… You was saying?

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