Detroit Lions and the Curious Case of Randy Phillips

October 1, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Detroit Lions released rookie safety Randy Phillips on the last day of September. A curious move, in my opinion, as the Lions felt a greater need to have Dante Wesley on the active roster as a special teams player.
Curious, indeed.
Was it not Phillips who burst upon the scene in training camp? Phillips seemed to have the starting strong safety job locked up. He clearly outclassed C.C. Brown in every phase of playing the position. He demonstrated superior speed, ball skills, and tackling skills.
Gunther Cunningham, the Lions defensive coordinator, gushed proudly to me during training camp:
“Phillips! He’s my guy!”
The only thing that recommended C.C. Brown over Phillips was experience.
That experience thing apparently trumped the youth of an undrafted rookie free agent who blatantly overachieved, while Brown’s “experience” has left many to wonder why?
Very, very curious.
Phillips was never called out i...

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