Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Is the Law on Millen's side?

I know you all have heard the rumors. I almost didn't want to mention it for fear of jinxing it. Ty Law is in town and the Lions are extremely interested. This is the move that will put the Lions over the top. Law wants money (a lot). Millen has money (some). I would pay $200 out of my own pocket to get the Lions to sign Law. Seriously, if I'm the difference in signing Ty Law, send me a bill, and I'll pay it.

He would immediately become the best Lions' cornerback since I've been alive.
I know the Lions get a lot of flack for never having a franchise quarterback, but the worst position for the Lions franchise in the last three decades has been at cornerback (at least until Dre Bly ended the suffering two years ago). If you don't believe me, re-watch the '91 NFC championship game. Or make a call over to Ford Field and ask them about Sterling Sharpe. If that doesn't convince you, check out how many times the Lions have beaten the Vikings in the last eight years (yep, Randy Moss). Or check out the Lions' pro bowlers since 1978 and let me know what you find in terms of cornerbacks from Detroit. If anything, it'll make you appreciate Dre Bly a little more.

One of the secrets to success in the NFL is to sign a player coming off an injury for less than fair market value. I have no doubts that Law will once again become one of the top 10 corners in the league. This is the time to get it done. In Millen I trust.


robert paulson said...

put the Lions over the top? Over the top of what, the .500 mark?

Jake said...

His name is Robert Paulson,

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I think 8-8 is a reasonable projection for this year. However, when a team adds a superstar to one of its weakest positions, I think it's fair to say that the outlook on the season will be improved. I think Law could be the difference between making the playoffs and not. Since the Lions have won a grand total of 14 games in the last three seasons, I'd say "over the top" could reasonably be described as making the playoffs. I think most people would be happy with that.

Anonymous said...

Lions' fans are never happy. Who are you kidding? If they make the playoffs they'll bitch because Harrington didn't throw six TDs or that Millen should have drafted an inside LB with more agility as to stop the 56 yard slant that a FB ran. I have many reasons for not being a Lions fan and the biggest is that they are treated different from every other team in town. Maybe you should write an article on that Jake.

robert paulson said...

I don't consider Ty Law a superstar any more. He had a fantastic 2003 season, but that was coming off not so great seasons in 2002 and 2001. He only played 7 games last year and is coming off a pretty big surgery for a corner.

Good yes, superstar no. He no longer has the speed and quickness to be considered an elite CB. He does know how to play the position, though, and would be an upgrade. I just wouldn't count on him to be a star.


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