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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Lions plan to run the ball much more next season

Matt StaffordThe Detroit Lions developed a reputation for being a passing team the past few seasons, but head coach Jim Caldwell says we should expect to see changes for the upcoming season.

Caldwell said at the NFL owners meetings Wednesday that he plans to have more balance on offense.

“When I tell you that we’re not going to throw the ball any more than we threw it (last year), that’s a fact,” Caldwell said via the Detroit Free Press. “We’re probably not going to throw it (more). If we do throw it more, that means we’re behind, we’re struggling, we’re not winning, we’re not a very good football team, plain and simple.”

The Lions threw the ball 604 times including fake punts, which placed them 11th in the league. Matthew Stafford threw the ball 125 times less last season than during his 2012 season when he set the record with 727 attempts. It’s quite understandable why Caldwell would want to achieve more balance in terms of playcalling and distribution among the targets.

Detroit has Joique Bell on the roster and Theo Riddick, but we expect them to draft a running back who will be a difference-maker.

H/T Rotoworld

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