Tag:Ashlee Palmer
Posted on: September 24, 2010 7:21 pm

Don't mess with Gunther Cunningham

J. Peterson was benched by Detroit defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Apparently to Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham,  it doesn’t matter who you are and what your qualifications are. If he’s not happy with the way you’re playing, you’re headed to the bench.

That includes you, five-time Pro Bowler Julian Peterson. After watching Eagles RB LeSean McCoy burn him and the rest of the Detroit defense for a long touchdown, Cunningham pulled Peterson from the game and replaced him with Ashlee Palmer.

“There's a reason, and he understood the reason,” Cunningham told the Detroit Free Press. “We expect certain things, and he's had a good week of practice."

More importantly than the temporary benching, though, was the message the move sent to the rest of the team.

"If he'll bench a five-time Pro Bowler, then he'll definitely bench anybody else,” CB Jonathan Wade said. "We've got to be accountable, and we've got to be doing our job. It's time to get it done. It's time for things to change."

But that wasn’t necessarily the worst-performing portion of Detroit’s defense that week.

Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, at times, was quadruple-teamed during the game, but the rest of the Lions couldn’t take advantage.

That’s four guys on one guy. Which theoretically means three Lions weren’t being blocked at the time. So you can excuse Cunningham’s anger. Because that's pretty ridiculous.

"I'm not going to tolerate four guys blocking one, and that was made loud and clear this week," Cunningham said. "I think we got some results on the practice field. Now it's going to depend on how we play in the game."

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