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Detroit Lions’ Links: Joe Lombardi Praised by Drew Brees; Brett Keisel in Free Agency Fold?

January 31st, 2014 at 11:02 AM
By Max DeMara

Even though the team isn't currently competing, there's no shortage of news this week, as the Detroit Lions and company hang around New York City prior to the Super Bowl. Just before the big game, the Lions addressed their need for a new head coach, and now, more is coming out about one of his top assistants, offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.

'Brett Keisel #99' photo (c) 2009, Jeffrey Beall - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

It's never too early to think about free agency, as well, and the Lions had a notable player sound intrigued by the option of playing in the Motor City. All that plus Hall of Famer Cris Carter weighing in on Detroit's receiving needs, and a notable former defender lauding the game of Ndamukong Suh.

  • Drew Brees Cool With Joe Lombardi. New Detroit Lions' offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi figures to get creative in his new role. The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett discussed what to expect from Lombardi with Drew Brees, who admitted he "loved" his former quarterback coach and said he expected Lombardi would involve Matthew Stafford in game planning. Brees also admitted that he saw similarities with Detroit's personnel, and thinks Lombardi will have success working his magic with the group. —Detroit Free Press
  • Brett Keisel Flirting With Detroit? Later on this spring, the Lions will have plenty of free agency decisions to make, and one player set to become a free agent could be throwing his hat into the ring early on. Brett Keisel, a defensive end formally of the Pittsburgh Steelers, told Matt Dery of Detroit Sports 105.1 in an interview that he loved the idea of playing in Detroit, saying "who wouldn't want to play with those guys?" Obviously, free agency is a long way away, but stay tuned in March. —Detroit Free Press and Detroit Sports 105.1
  • "Too Tall" Jones Appreciates Suh. Ndamukong Suh hasn't made many friends early in his NFL career, but plenty of older players seem to respect him and his game. Latest is Ed "Too Tall" Jones, who called Suh an "animal" on video while chatting with Dave Birkett, while admitting Suh just has to learn to let things go after the play. He also said Nick Fairley was a very good player and admitted being impressed by Detroit's defense. —Detroit Free Press
  • Cris Carter's Opinion On Detroit's Receivers. Many are pegging a dynamic number two wide receiver to pair with Calvin Johnson as the biggest need for Detroit this offseason. Talking with Dave Birkett, former wide receiver Cris Carter debunked that notion, saying he thought the Lions already have a decent secondary threat with Nate Burleson and have plenty of other holes to address. Carter also said he thinks Jim Caldwell can help Matthew Stafford —Detroit Free Press
  • Manny Being Manny. Along with Paris Lenon and Cliff Avril, there's a third former Lion playing for Super Bowl glory this weekend, and he plays quite an important role. Manny Ramirez, former Detroit guard, has reinvented himself with the Denver Broncos and will be the one snapping the ball to Peyton Manning. Ramierez has made the most of his opportunity, and MLive's Kyle Meinke takes a look at the former Lions' fourth round pick. —MLive.com

Max DeMara is the managing editor of Lions 101. You can find him on this site's Twitter @detroitlions101

Tags: Brett Keisel, Cris Carter, Detroit, Detroit Lions, Drew Brees, Football, Jim Caldwell, Joe Lombardi, Matthew Stafford, Nate Burleson, Ndamukong Suh, NFL, Nick Fairley

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