Ask Kyle on the Lions offensive creativity, the future of coordinators and the emergence of a St. Brown

Ask Kyle on the Lions offensive creativity, the future of coordinators and the emergence of a St. Br ...

AllEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions are getting up, winning two of their last three games, both against current teams in the NFC playoffs, thanks to better play by Jared Goff and many others.

Why is Goff playing so much better? And what about the defense where coordinator Aaron Glenn played so much better than anyone else? So, we got ready the letter in this weeks mailbag, with everything to do with the future of Detroits free agents, and they were always appreciated. Questions could be sent to or emailed to kmeinke@mlive.com.

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Q: What's your opinion of what Jared Goff improved? Is it Josh Reynolds coming in? Ben Johnson and Dan Campbell making plays for him easier, considering no Hockenson or Swift. -- @njm203 @sant.

A: Yes. The answer to that question is yes.

First, facts. After four games since coming back from the injury, Goff has nine touchdown passes, a second to two interceptions, a NFC player of the week award and a passer score of 105,1 points. The only starting quarterbacks with a better pass rating over the stretch are Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Russell Wilson. Hey, not so bad.

However, Goff is not the best quarterback in the NFL right now. That is a significant feat considering hes also without his high-end Pro Bowl (J. Hockenson), Pro Bowl center (J.J. Bonice) and top-two running backs (DAndre Swift and Jamaal Williams).

Everybody loses players, but that is a gnarly turnover even by NFL standards.

And in spite of that, Goff has started playing his best football. As a result, Josh Reynolds' addition certainly helped, unlocking a passing game that had plagued Detroit so far since the summer. But I dont even think that you could ignore the timing with Dan Campbell taking over as a playcaller, no one can blame that has happened. That was six weeks ago in Pittsburgh and Goff returned two weeks later due to a painful oblique injury.

I think that relationship is extraordinary and as you grow together, it tends to bring us closer. I think it's been great. This one is another guy I can trace and use since I have visited here.

With all that said, I think that two words could stand out more than any other in this conversation: Ben Johnson. He's the head coach, but has assumed more responsibility for the passing game since the change at playcaller last week. Hes also brought great ideas to the offense: "At the time of the day when we drew the ball into the middle of the horn," said a pundit. He recently rolled into a pass play, whose main goal was to allow a large number

Despite the high-profile criticism the show has been interpreted in the future - e.g. Goff and Kupp introduced a similar concept in 2018 -- a good piece of deception has been working in this direction. It has been a big part of my list of potential successors to Anthony Lynn, but he has jumped in the background as a defensive coordinator.

We love creativity, said St. Brown. I feel like we want more, if I'm being honest, we want more creativity. We like everything.

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Q: Aaron Glenn has been coaching very well since the roster issues arise. Assuming that he's who he's as a coach is, how soon should we be concerned with him getting serious head coach interviews in the future? -- @JohnnyJStrawser.

A: Soon. He'll even interview for next season in the face of his overmatched roster. Just look at what he did with Charles Harris, a former first-round bust who has already had more sacks this season (7,5) than in his first four pro seasons combined. Look at what he did with undrafted corners like Jerry Jacobs and A.J. Parker.

I don't think Glenn will sign up for a word next year, but for a clear statement, looking for a new coach would be a hard sell. That guy has a great reputation in New Orleans, he's said, that he'd just put up his resume with a lot more great work in Detroit.

For the Lions to jump next season, and the matter continues to get better on defense, yes, he might not be long for the 3-3-2 defeat.

Q: I saw a couple moves from St. Brown, bringing us to Golden Tate. His abilities and physical skills are similar. I dont know if Detroit put really real NFL receivers on the outside, and if St. Brown couldn't be very Tate-like out of the slot for this team in the future.

A: The two wolfe of The Lions are built in the same order and play the same position. But I wouldn't try to guess that at the same time: Tate was a more sudden athlete, and made him the most dangerous receiver of the game with his hands wideouts twice. Unlike anyone else in the team, Tate stood at the table at the top, but hardly earned the top five medals, even on points.

St. Brown's match is very different. He's not as fast and not as shifty, so he's not nearly as good in the open field. He just has 286 yards after the catch this season, or, Golden Tate might say, a bad couple of weeks. (Tate never had 546 yards after the catch in Detroit.)

Then look back at the end of the catch. Just a 5yard path, make it 20, 40 or more yards. It just comes with you gotta break tackles, be good with the ball in your hands. That just makes me want to keep chasing the ball. Now thats something I just want to do this.

On the other hand, St. Brown is definitely more physical than Tate. He made a great change when he was on camp first, then he fought with his back and put on a fight on the first day of his training. Those things he did not have, and while his training was tough, it proved so hard that Matthew Stafford was able to get used to it, now, when he used to it.

I think the ceiling of St. Brown is lower than when Tate was in Detroit. And as we're already seeing, he is a savvy player for his age. And he can be, as such, a fast-growing player, in fact, at the same time, as a rookie, who hasn't seen from other players a few years ago. And I know this coaching staff appreciates the willingness and determination of his teammates in this league as much as he is.

Q: What more important is a Quatuor: their natural ability, or their culture of the team they're drafted into? -- @WhatSymondsSaysSaysSays.

A: What's more important for a big pizza, the garden-fresh tomatoes or the mozzarella fresh off the boat? Come on. Without one, you can't have one without the other. While ability and culture are both important to the quarterback position, and with a generational guy like Tom Brady, it is required to continue in any type of success.

Q: Penei Sewell's a strong force on the OL. Micah Parsons is a revelation on defense. If you could redraft today, which piece do you think is more important for the Lions to rebuild? @GhostRobo?

R: Have a good time re-reading this book. We'd like to discuss it again, but because it is not just a surprising hypothetical question, so I'd have to consider this important issue.

That's his answer: Penei Sewell was picked last year in the draft, and looks like a monster. Micah Parsons was named second in the squad with the 12th overall pick, and his answer is, more importantly, the defense player of the year. There are three rookies in the NFL history that have won the award: Lawrence Taylor. That's the list.

Once you're referred to by the name of Lawrence Taylor, if you did or took too much cocaine, then we were all lucky: yes, it won't be better than picking second. However, when people who fell to the ground to see the success of the Lions, then who could lose the time to understand the situation could've lost some crucial points.

If, sadly, players are different in the game. With the exception of basketball who make up the top of the NBA, the rest of the rest. That is a cult when this draft starts off, or one or more of those, like the latter. The same does the current generation of players, not a resumption of the top three, and a number of different things that people are always trying to break off each others a position.

The Lions will receive one of the most important variables, not either one or two, or even three, but the coaching staff in the draft to develop the right player for this roster/rebuild, and the coach will make the player very productive.

First and foremost, when they drafted second appeared to work out (Ndamukong Suh, and the time before it came (Calvin Johnson). Those guys became the best defensive tackle and wide receiver of franchise history, and two of the clubs biggest stars of the last twenty years maybe, picking second overall isnt the end of the world? Especially when you compare it with the guys who were taken ahead of them: Sam Bradford and Jamarcus Russell.

Even in the first place, success is most about the game's success than the world's development. Just this year, Sewell was ranked 6-2 at third overall, but has better results than everyone expected, except Jaylen Waddle.

If it were to free agency, it would be more important. And I assure you, Lions have won football's most able football match. And I guarantee you the azzlies won, no one thinks they could have a lot of fun doing it. If it were theirs, they would help their efforts for the recruiting team next winter more than to lose on purpose.

For an example, or for any kind of question. He is the best linebacker in the league, and maybe the best defensive player of the season, and if it were a team that lost some playmaking talent on the side of the ball, it would be more likely to work than with a second great offensive tackle. But there is nothing to consider about this pick, even if Parsons had me in retrospect.

Q: Who do you think is the best fit for the Argentine this off season? I was thinking about C. Godwin before he was injured.

A: Davante Adams is one of the most respected receivers in the game. The Packers won't use the franchise tag on him, and if the Packers don't get involved, they might not. Yet, if Adams hits the market, I suspect he'll find more money elsewhere than Brad Holmes is willing to spend on a wide receiver this early on in the rebuild.

The fact that Chris Godwin is the next best, and maybe the damage from his injury sabotage will stop his price. Allen Robinson is right there too, and perhaps his struggles this season -- just as it isn't an easy decision, maybe a way for Detroit, but he's probably a good fit for Detroit, and his connections to the area could lead to a potential bid.

However, the perfect strategy for my receiver would be to sign Mike Williams, the best red-zone and deep threat in this free-agent class. Both of these two had big problems for Detroit this season, and then use the first-round pick to complement Williams and Amon-Ra St. Brown with a true WR1. A playmaker would make life as much easier for some underbody like St. Brown and DAndre Swift and T.J. Hockenson, not to mention the quarterback himself, whether thats

The Lions have already done something out of front and in the running game. And of course, they're done there, have you?

A: Which players received new contract with the Lions because of their play? -- @TeachingZeus - What are the guys who signed a new contract with the Lions?

A: For the 13 members who are eligible to become unrestricted free agents in March, safety Tracy Walker is the best of them. That makes him one of only two in the 2018 draft class, Frank Ragnow, who already signed a huge $54 million extension last year, uptakes his upcoming 2020 campaign.

After that, the Lions should consider considering rewarding Charles Harris for his breakout season. Harris signed a one-year prove-it deal after washing out as a first-round pick in Miami, but he has a similar effect. Harris has nearly twice the greatest tackles for the game, nearly triple the quarterback hit (15) and leads the team with 7.5 sacks, but not 20 players in the whole league have more sacks than Harris has.

He played the worst game of the season on Sunday against Arizona, with 12 tackles, double anybody else on the team, and with all three of Detroits tackles for loss, and two more of his sacks on Thursday. Simply put, Harris was one of the biggest reasons for the loss of Murray and then for one of the three most of his other teams, which led him to one of the worst games of the season, while Arizona finished with 12 points.

It also became obvious that his ability to play a hard time, but now it does hurt the offense. The rest of the United States, who include: Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin, quarterback Tim Boyle, defensive tackle Nick Williams, linebacker Alex Anzalone, receiver Kalif Raymond, receiver KhaDarel Hodge, safety Dean Marlowe, offensive lineman Tom Crosby, linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton.

The restricted free agents: Fullback Jason Cabinda, center Evan Brown, swing tackle Will Holden, linebacker Josh Woods and special teams standout C.J. Moore.

There are two-off liners: off-right Matt Nelson, cornerback Saivion Smith, runner Jessie Lemonier, punter Jack Fox, running back Godwin Igwebuike, safety Bobby Price, tight end Brock Wright, center Ryan McCollum, cornerback Mark Gilbert, safety Jalen, sweetener Robbs, tight end Rashod Berry, receiver Tom Kennedy, kicker Riley Patterson, linebacker Anthony Pittman and long snapper Scott Daly.

Q: I know this is probably the Lions priority number 30 but while the placekicker Patterson is perfect, none of the FGs were 50+ and none were with the game on the line and he doesn't even kickoff. Do you think they will bring back Seibert to compete against Patterson next camp or do they think they found MurrayHanson/Prater 4.0? -- nmgelfond.

A: Priority No. 303 actually could be overselling the kicker situation on Detroits to-do list. But I dont call it a judge. Riley Patterson has made all seven field-goal attempts this season, along with all eight PATs, but hasnt even attempted a 50-yarder at Memphis, so he can start again in Detroit. Hes got leg, and will continue to do that in the conversation.

But I know that the Lions love Austin Seibert, who was 10 of twelve for them this season, and who was all-time long at 52, and also perfect onside kick in Los Angeles.

Q: How do Lions have recent home attendance compare with those that aren't interested in it? Or something differently: We know that Lions are uniquely bad, but are they that much better than other bad teams that have been drawing fans for games? - @nuzach.

The Lions average 50,777 fans per game, which puts them on pace for the second-worst season ever at Ford Field. They have only 49,395 fans per game, a record that seems safe with only one home game left this year.

They count for the league's annual average attendance on average, and count for just 76.6% per game, which is the second most important of Jacksonville and Las Vegas.

Q: Who's the best prospect of the 2022 class for everyone's attention? -- @tomwilkinson2c

A: I love Aidan Hutchinson; But man do I loooove David Ojabo. If the Lions don't get an edge rusher at the top of the first round, I'd love to see him in Detroit.

Glad you saw another ojabohead out there. The fan club meets every other Thursday at the school auditorium, free coffee, so you should bring your own snacks.

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