If you’ve been with us long, you know how we feel about someone anonymously ripping someone else. We just don’t care for it.
But we completely understand that 99% of the time, it’s the only way to get someone to give their true feelings on a subject. Just as a rival GM did anonymously with the Detroit Lions.
Unlike most that believe that the Lions are much improved and knocking on the door of big things, this GM just doesn’t see it. Not only does he not see it, he thinks the Lions are a mess and there are problems everywhere. And that isn’t even mentioning the fact that he thinks Ndamukong Suh belongs on the “All-Hype team.”
The GM gave his surprising take to Pro Football Weekly:
“The one thing that is clear – they are not as close as people have tried to make it seem,” the GM told PFW. “They are a one-dimensional offensive team that if the quarterback (Matthew Stafford) is not on, people are figuring it out. If you take (WR Calvin) Johnson out of the game (one TD through four games, compared to eight TDs at the same stage last season), who else do they have that can beat you?
“They are not a team that I think is ready. If I am going there to take over the job, I am not thinking that is a quick fix.”
Fair take. But the GM doesn’t stop there. He begins to call out players by name.
They don’t have enough good players, and the players they think are good are not that good,” the GM said. “Suh belongs on the All-Hype team. (DE Cliff) Avril is not that good — put on any game and you can watch him get blocked time and time again. Corey Willliams is solid, but nothing that wows you or makes you wonder how you are going to block him. The other guy (DE Kyle Vanden Bosch) is a try-hard guy getting up in years that does not really threaten you. For as much as people talk about that D-line and all its depth, where are all the players?
“I have listened to the media hype about Suh since he got in the league — what has he done? Even the year he had all those garbage sacks, the guy took a million plays off and got pushed around in the run game. I have never thought he was a very good pro player. I liked him coming out and thought he had a chance. But I also never thought he was going to be the second coming that he was labeled. I am not sure who bestowed that on him, but it is kind of a joke.”
And then, the GM takes aim at both head coach Jim Schwartz and GM Martin Mayhew.
“They’re both overrated,” the GM said. “What has he (Mayhew) really accomplished? Matt (former Lions GM Matt Millen) never said he did a good job — he was not ready for it. He did not have enough good people around him. There were things that if he had to do it again, he would not do. And he did not have the experience or the right people around him to get it done.
Ouch. Though, this would be so much more sting if we actually knew who the rival GM was.