Ep: 331 – Calm Before the 2021 Storm? – Detroit Lions Podcast

In this live episode of The Detroit Lions Podcast, Chris and Jeff Risdon get together to bring you the latest Detroit Lions news and opinion. We’ll cover Kenny Golladay and the “Tag and Trade” scenario that so many people are talking about, deliver a quick announcement about Jeff Risdon and his increased involvement with the show, discuss a combo of topics around not being able to buy a locker room (per Chris Spielman), Dan Campbell’s interview, and how the calculus changes on free agency with a new set of coaches at the helm.

Detroit Lions Podcast Grades The “Tag and Trade” Scenario

Jeff Risdon had a great article on LionsWire that discussed the historical success of NFL teams using the franchise tag on a player with the idea of trading them. Results are mixed, and we start to divine when the situation works and when it doesn’t. The Riz has a good theory on this situation, while Chris looks at some of the other options facing the team – all of this centered around Kenny Golladay. We also make an announcement about the Riz and his expanded role in the podcast. He’s always been a great guest, but our original love, Case, has a number of issues that are just making his schedule untenable. He WILL be back, but on a more “as available” basis while he gets everything rounded back up. For the record, there’s no animosity and he isn’t suffering painfully due to some malady or anything like that, it’s just that real life hits us in the face sometimes and we have to prioritize the most important things first. We all miss him already.

What Does “Buy A Locker Room” Mean?

We think that the Chris Spielman interview in which he states that you “Can’t buy a locker room” is much more far-reaching than most are thinking. It’s not just about free agency. It’s about culture. It’s also not just about players. The locker room is a product of the front office, the coaches, and the players. Every single one of those items is needed to build a positive culture. When you talk about people who work for others and them leaving, it’s rare that they quit a job. It’s much frequent that they quit a boss. Herein lies a key to the Detroit Lions rebuild strategy – get the boss right first.

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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.