Ep: 197 – Draft, FA, Senior Bowl, Dean Blandino, And Coaching Hires, Oh My… – The Detroit Lions Podcast

In this episode of The Detroit Lions Podcast, Chris and Case pull out all the stops. Chris brings back his report from his trip to the Senior Bowl, we break down who is jumping into the Free Agency pool, Take an early look at the draft, Dean Blandino joins us to talk about the call in the New Orleans Saints and LA Rams game, and Jeff Risdon props his sick body up, and loses his pants, to talk about the Detroit Lions new QB coach hire. Oh, and Justin Rodgers makes a brief (hilarious) appearance prior to joining us for some long form stuff in an upcoming show. It’s an epic show this week!

The Detroit Lions Podcast Brings Out The Big Guns

Things start off normally enough, Chris gets a surprise shot in on Case (with some help from Justin Rodgers of the Detroit News) and they break into a discussion about free agency and the players being added to the availability pool. There are some nice pieces in there that could really help the Detroit Lions. There is one in particular that has Case’s radar pinging – and it’s hard to disagree with him.

From there we talk about the sad situation with Trevor Bates. Hopefully he gets some help and everything can smooth itself over for everyone. No one is a winner here.

Next we start breaking down some draft scenarios and prospects and how things may have changed with the hiring of Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell. There’s a new sheriff in town, and that means a new approach. Bevell shared some great thinking during the hiring process. The Detroit Lions Podcast can’t wait to see what he does with the talent on this team.

From here, Chris does his report on what he saw and experienced at the Senior Bowl this year. Chris brings you to the “Elephant Walk” and talks about who he sat with, and his approach to evaluation this year. He also breaks down his top players to watch based upon their performances at practice last week. There’s a lot of good info here on a number of players – some of who just might wind up on the Lions roster.

Dean Blandino Joins Us Again

Dean Blandino joins the Detroit Lions Podcast to discuss the controversial non-call in the LA Rams and New Orleans Saints game. He breaks down the play itself, the role of the officials, and what happened on the field. He also takes time to discuss what will happen within the ranks of the officials and how things may and may not change going forward. After that we break away from talking about officiating and discuss the Super Bowl LII match up. Dean predicts a winner you never expected.

Lastly, with the breaking news about the hiring of Sean Ryan as QB Coach for Matthew Stafford, Chris and Case call up the sickened corpse of Jeff Risdon and get him to weigh in on the hire. Suffice it to say, he’s quite the happy camper, despite his illness.

This episode of the Detroit Lions Podcast is jam packed. Don’t miss it.

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Chris is the founder of everything you see here. A former radio presenter and Detroit native, he now resides in sunny California – and like so many of us, he found himself marooned on an island devoid of other Lions fans. After spending a few years in the Detroit Lions Reddit community he decided to start the Detroit Lions Podcast. Its become the #1 Detroit Lions podcast, and regularly ranks with the top podcasts in Detroit. With a mixture of pre-recorded shows, live & recorded phone-ins, and live post-game broadcasts - this is his slice of Honolulu Blue heaven.