NFL: Many Happy Returns, But Not for Detroit Lions in the 21st Century

September 17, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

First, let me say that I know it’s not a job for the faint of heart, or for anyone who prefers his body with all his bones connected and his stuffing inside, where it belongs.
You don’t have to tell me that returning kicks in the NFL is sport’s version of Russian Roulette.
I know it’s a job that must have originally been given to the loser of a bet, or to the last man to arrive at the field before kickoff.
I’m well aware that the return man is a staph infection, and the 11 men on the kicking team are penicillin.
It’s not an easy gig, by any means. Yet, I find it incumbent to complain about the lack of quality return specialists employed by the Detroit Lions since the 21st century began.
But my crabbing isn’t solely done just to vent or to be contrary. There is a distinct cause and effect between the Lions’ return game and their overall lack of success.
The Lions start every possession in bad field position, i...

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