Cory’s Corner: The dirty Detroit Lions need an intervention

This isn’t new territory.

A new coach hasn’t changed anything. They’re still the dirty Detroit Lions.

Center Dominic Raiola proved on Sunday why he is the most feared and most hated NFL player at the same time. He stepped on the right leg of Chicago defensive lineman Ego Ferguson like it was an empty soda can. And then he unwisely said that it was “unintentional.”

Raiola has been disciplined five times since 2010 including twice this season. Even toddlers begin to curb their behavior after being told not to do something.

Unfortunately the 35-year-old, who is in his 14th season in the NFL, is just a microcosm of how the Lions work. Since 2011, the Lions have been disciplined 42 times and have amassed 10 suspensions. And that doesn’t even count Sunday’s helmet-to-helmet hit on Jimmy Clausen that should land a fine for Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah.

That isn’t just a gigantic number, it’s scary. These guys are well aware of and understand the risks involved with playing professional football. What they’re not happy to swallow is an injury caused by someone being senseless and unprofessional.

The Packers by contrast have been disciplined 22 times in that same span and have six suspensions.

The only way to end this is to hit the players harder in the pocketbook. For example, a football tossed into the stands is a $5,512 fine for a first offense. A chop block is a $8,268 fine for a first offense. Players must be held more accountable to make them at least think twice about stepping on someone’s leg or trying to take someone’s head off.

Or the NFL could also put the consistent troublemakers on a strike system. If they get disciplined three times they are out of the league. In such a system, Raiola would already be carving out his second career by now.

The Packers have more horses than the Lions. They’re better at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, offensive line and secondary. I don’t see any reason why the Lions wouldn’t want to try something crazy and do anything to win.

But at the same time, unnecessary play should never have to be game-planned against. That’s when the NFL turns into the WWE and it becomes more of a steel-cage death match than a real football game.

But unfortunately that’s who the Lions have become. They can beat you with a Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson bomb and a Raiola foot-stomp. And then there’s the argument that screams that it’s the heat of the moment and you cannot just turn off your adrenaline.

When Raiola was taught this game, I highly doubt it included foot-stomping. Nor does being a great defensive lineman like Ndamukong Suh call for stomping on Evan Dietrich-Smith, trying to behead Jake Delhomme, giving a forearm shiver to the head of Jay Cutler or kicking Matt Schaub in the groin.

This team needs an intervention. Suh has already met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, but apparently that meeting hasn’t done much because Suh has been disciplined four times since they met in 2011.

The Lions apparently don’t understand that this behavior isn’t just wrong, it’s unacceptable. The NFL must find a way to get this across to Detroit or the culture of craziness is never going to stop.




Cory Jennerjohn is from Wisconsin and has been in sports media for over 10 years. To contact Cory e-mail him at jeobs -at- or follow him on Twitter: Cory Jennerjohn


12 thoughts on “Cory’s Corner: The dirty Detroit Lions need an intervention

  1. If you decide to stop that behavior, you should punish the player for it like they punish for doimestic violence (Rice & Peterson e. g.). First time 1 year suspension, second time life long suspension. After 3 players which will get that, you will see no player doing dirty things on the field!

  2. For all of their tough-guy antics, I DON’T get the feeling that the Lions scare anyone at all, and I DON’T think that they ‘get into people’s heads.’ The only thing their turd-ish behavior really accomplishes is that it makes opposing teams all the more happy to kick their asses.

    They don’t look like intimidators. They look like silly wannabes. Maybe that’s because from 2000 to 2013, they have the worst winning percentage of any team in the NFL at .308 (69-155), the second worst percentage of the past 10 years (.312), and only six teams have been worse than them over the past five years (WAS, TB, BUF, JAC, STL, CLE).


  3. What concerns me is what’s at stake this weekend. If Detroit acts like a bunch of scumbags when their 6-10 and 7-9 you have to wonder what they’d do to finally win, especially Suh.

    1. The offensive game plan should be simple if MM is concerned about Det trying to take out Rodgers. They need to use Eddie Lacy as much as possible running and when passing get the damn ball out in less than 3 seconds preferrably two seconds and use Lacy as well in the screen game. Why the screen disappears from game to game is beyond me because it’s been so damn successful. Rodgers got hurt again because he was taking too long to get the ball out. He can’t afford to sit in the pocket with these headhunters from scumbag Detroit. The Det. defense is about equivalent to these idiot protesters who are demanding a dead cop at all costs even if he’s innocent. We need to end the thug mentality on and off the field. It starts on Sunday at Lambeau.

  4. Vegas sees this game as 28-20 in favor of GB. That seems about right but it might be closer. DET is a good teaser bet this week (+14). Pack is -1 on teaser. Let’s hope MM doesnt lay an egg as he is wont to do in such season ending games where only seeding is at stake.

  5. MM needs to plan for this game the same way he planned for NE. The focus and intensity was clearly evident then and needs to be the same now.


  6. What I’d like to know is WHY is the b*st*rd still playing? Why hasn’t he been suspended for the rest of the year???

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