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Lions declined to give Fairley playbook

Posted on: May 7, 2011 2:43 pm
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N. Fairley didn't get a playbook from his employer while Detroit had the chance (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When the lockout briefly was lifted last week, there was talk that those taken in the first round of the NFL draft could receive playbooks and interact with their new coaches – a courtesy that couldn’t be extended to the rest of those drafted in the later rounds because the lockout was put back into place during the middle of the second round.

But the Detroit Free Press writes that the Lions didn’t bother getting DT Nick Fairley any new reading material.

And if it seems like a curious decision – why wouldn’t you get the guy your information when you had the legal authority to do so?!? – coach Jim Schwartz feels he has a perfectly good explanation.

“Our blood pressure's pretty low on stuff like that," Schwartz said. "We don't want to rush things. You give somebody a set of instructions without being able to communicate with them, it really might not do a whole lot of good so we haven't done a whole lot."

Yes, but what if the lockout extends deep into the summer and then the lockout is lifted with only a short training camp possible before the regular season begins? Won’t Fairley be hampered because the Lions didn’t give him the opportunity to familiarize himself with the material when they had the chance?

In Schwartz’s mind, that theory is almost irrelevant when it comes to discussing Fairley, because he says his scheme isn’t complicated for defensive linemen and that Fairley’s obstacles will be more physical than mental.

Still, he doesn’t want Detroit’s draft class to get lazy during the lockout.

“Whenever they get the call and we're back to work, they don't need to be worrying about whether they're in good enough shape," Schwartz said. "What they need to be worried about is learning and doing all those other things, and if they're trying to do both it's going to be too much for them.”

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:42 pm
 

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Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: May 8, 2011 4:36 pm
 

Lions declined to give Fairley playbook

Suggestion, shove the guy in front of ya and try to get the guy with a ball.



Since: Jun 18, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Lions declined to give Fairley playbook

Do the Lions ever really do anything in training camp, any way?



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Lions declined to give Fairley playbook

Who said he could read?  He did go to Auburn.



Since: Apr 20, 2011
Posted on: May 8, 2011 10:15 am
 

Lions declined to give Fairley playbook

Yeah this is ridiculous.  A DT doesn't need a playbook to be a contributor in his rookie year.  It is very easy to learn the plays he will be involved in.  The lockout will hurt QBs and other skill position players, not lineman.  Is Fairley the only one who didn't receive a playbook?  I don't see why else this would be considered 'news'. 



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2011 3:43 am
 

Lions declined to give Fairley playbook

There is nothing complicated in playing defense.

1. Go after the QB.

2. Stop the run.

Also, the Lions do not want to be seen like they are giving preferential treatment to Fairley. He was not the only player the Lions drafted. Either you give every drafted player a playbook or you don't.

Once again, playing defense in the NFL should not be a problem for such a great player like Fairley. However, he might have trouble adjusting to playing on an awful Lions team.




Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: May 7, 2011 11:11 pm
 

Lions declined to give Fairley playbook

Here's his playbook...
1.  Suh goes left. Fairley goes right.  Meet at QB or RB. (hint: whoever has the ball)
2. Suh goes right. Fairley goes left.  Meet at QB or RB. (hint: see #1)
3. Go straight and flatten anything in front of you.

I'm pretty sure he will be alright...


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