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Lions Den: Season 15 Recap

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    What's going on XCFL fans, man did that season fly by! And what a season it has been so far for your Detroit Lions. We finished 12-4 locking up the #2 seed in the NFC and a 1st round bye. Much of the same as last season, with Overhauser tossing the ball all over the field and the Lions defense putting together a pretty impressive season. Let's check out the position by position breakdown.

    Offense

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    QB
    After having winning MVP in his rookie season, throwing for 4,701 yards, 51 touchdown passes and completing 61% of his passes, experts thought Blair Overhauser would not be able to top his rookie season. How did Overhauser respond? Well he topped every statistic from his impressive rookie campaign. Overhauser threw for 4,950 yards, completing 66% of his passes, while setting a new XCFL record with 53 touchdown passes. Overhauser also threw 30 interceptions, but the young gun slinger is a risk taker, so the Lions can live with the high INT number if he keeps showing confidence in himself and has a short memory. "This Lions offense goes as Blair goes, when he's on, no one can beat us", said Larson.

    RB
    The Lions offense was a bit pass happy this year, which was expected because of the monsters they have at the wide receiver position. This offseason the Lions made a trade to bring in the speedster Kyaunn Hunt. Hunt was banged up throughout the year, only playing in 11 games, carrying the ball 155 times for 817 yards, and 7 touchdowns. At times, Hunt showed capabilities of being an every down back, but his contract is up at the end of the year and he will be 27 starting next season, Larson and the Lion's front office has a tough decision to make when contract negotiations start up after the playoffs.

    WR
    We all know the story here. The dynamic duo of Gordon Todd and Dixon Bishop was back in full effect for Season 15. After combining for 137 catches - 3,451 yards - 40 touchdowns in Season 14, the duo followed it up with 144 catches - 3,434 yards - 35 touchdowns. Their numbers were a bit down, because of the addition of rookie 1st round pick DeMarcus Meyer. Meyer is 6'6 230 lbs. and another athletic freak. In his rookie season he played majority in the slot, catching 46 balls for 923 yards and 12 touchdowns. In what many think is his last season, TE Eric Ebron added 17 catches for 289 yards and 5 touchdowns.

    OL
    This was a bad year for the Detroit Lion offensive line. Allowing 48 sacks, is not ideal. Throughout the year the O-Line struggled opening holes for the run game, a lot of times forcing the offense to be very one dimensional. Look for some upgrades for this unit this offseason.

    Defense

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    DL
    Well for the first time all cycle, the Lions had a pass rush and they lead the XCFL in sacks with 66 (13 more than the next team). Kevin Bassey lead the with 22.5 sacks, while DT Kasen Everett added 7 sacks. OLB Solomon Cone played a lot of DE this year racking up 16 sacks as well. This unit drove opposing QBs nuts, forcing early and bad throws that the very talented Detroit secondary took advantage of. Kasen Everett's contract is up after this season and we haven't heard much from the front office. I think the Lions would like to bring him back but at a team friendly deal.

    LB
    After adding MLB Lucky Everett in the off-season, most thought he would anchor the Detroit defense. He played very well, but it was back-up MLB Eric Wilson who stepped up and made his first pro-bowl. Wilson racked up 96 tackles, 9 TFL, 6.5 sacks, and 1 INT. At 6'2 225lbs, Wilson is undersized but flys around the football field making plays. OLB Solomon Cone had a big year, we mentioned the 16 sacks earlier, but he also racked up 46 tackles and 13 TFL. Back-up OLB Jorge Bradley had a big season in limited play time, mostly stepping in for injured starters and in passing situations. Bradley racked up 44 tackles and 6 sacks. This unit played very well all season and is a lot deeper than most thought. Look for these 4 starters to all return next season.

    DB
    Well... Josh Jones earns his 5th straight NFC Best DB honor, recording 63 tackles, 10 INTs, 16 passes deflected, 6 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, and scored 7 TOUCHDOWNS. Another huge season for the best player the XCFL has ever seen. CB Spencer Fraser and Thomas Fisher held it down on the outside all season long, both growing into lockdown corners, while nickel CB Jamal Burns had a big season, especially helping in the run game. FS Greg Marshall has another solid season intercepting 5 passes and recording 48 tackles.

    Pro Bowlers
    QB Blair Overhauser
    WR Gordon Todd
    WR Dixon Bishop
    WR DeMarcus Meyer
    WR/KR Pierce Lamb
    LG Ray Levingston
    DE Solomon Cone
    DT Kasen Everett
    MLB Eric Wilson
    OLB Solomon Cone
    SS Josh Jones

    Award Winners
    NFC OPOY - Blair Overhauser
    NFC DPOY - Kevin Bassey
    NFC Best QB - Blair Overhauser
    NFC Best WR - Gordon Todd
    NFC Best DL - Kevin Basse
    NFC DPOY - SS Josh Jones
    NFC Best DB - SS Josh Jones


    Thank you for reading! Go Lions! #OnePride
    Herman Moore
    Lion's Den Beat Writer
    Former Detroit Lion's WR
     
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