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Detroit Lions Notes, Quotes 2009-03-06

Detroit Lions Notes, Quotes 2009-03-06
--Detroit radio host Mike Valenti apologized on the air for reading jokes from listeners about DE Corey Smith, calling it "a very, very, very stupid decision on my part, probably the dumbest, most reprehensible decision I've made in my radio career." His apology came after club president Tom Lewand raised the issue publicly. "There was some reading of jokes and some incredibly inappropriate comments that were made, and on behalf of our organization, I feel obligated to apologize to the Smith family on behalf of our flagship station," Lewand said. "I've been in contact with both the area manager and with the program director. The kind of behavior that was exhibited on their airwaves on Monday afternoon was nothing short of reprehensible. It's not something we'll condone. It's not something the Detroit Lions organization wants to be a part of, and I'm hopeful that they'll take appropriate steps to ensure that it doesn't happen again."

--The Derrick Dockery deal fell apart because the Lions and Bills didn't agree on a deal until minutes before 4 p.m. Feb. 26. The Bills didn't have enough time to file paperwork to push back a roster bonus Dockery was due Feb. 27, so they cut him to avoid paying the bonus. The Lions then lost out on Dockery in free agency, too. He opted to go to the Redskins, his original NFL team, for five years and $26.5 million. The Washington Post reported the deal will pay him more than he would have gotten from the Lions over the first two years, but $3.5 million less over the duration of the deal.

--Albert Haynesworth foresaw Jim Schwartz becoming the Lions' next head coach. When the Titans faced the Lions on Thanksgiving Day last year - with Haynesworth at defensive tackle, Schwartz as defensive coordinator - the Titans were 10-1, the Lions 0-11. The Titans won, 47-10. "I was looking at Schwartz like, 'Man, you're probably going to be the head coach over there,'" Haynesworth said at a news conference. "I was like, 'I love you, but I don't know about Detroit.'" Still, Haynesworth said he thinks so much of Schwartz, he would have considered coming to Detroit had the Lions bid aggressively. "I don't think we even talked to Detroit much," Haynesworth said. "I love Schwartz, and if he would have asked me to come, I would have had to take a look. But here, honestly, is the best fit for me, because I have a lot of players around me."

--Running back Rudi Johnson says the Lions are "years away" from being decent. Johnson spent last season with the Lions as they became the first NFL team to go 0-16. He is a free agent and not expected to return. In an interview on Sirius NFL Radio, he was asked if the Lions have a foundation with new coach Jim Schwartz, if they had the right players or if they were just years away from being decent. "Years away," Johnson said. "Definitely. I would say years away from being a competitive team in the NFL. So I wish them the best of luck." Why? "When you get that far off, there's not just one thing that plays a part in it. If you go 0-16, it's not just the players, it's not just the coaches, it's not just the organization. It's everything from top to bottom. It's not just one thing, it's everything."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I do remain hopeful. But I've also started to deal with the bleak reality of the situation." -- Special teams coordinator Stan Kwan, on defensive end Corey Smith being lost at sea.

Author:Fox Sports
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Added: March 6, 2009

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