The veteran leadership, the cohesiveness and accountability between all three units, the selfless and single-minded pursuit of winning, is as strong in this locker room as I have ever witnessed.
What got him the most riled up Thursday was the play prior to his first career safety, which came in the third quarter. He felt like he was held on a play in which Devin Taylor sacked quarterback Matt Flynn.
'We definitely need to have a team meeting,' Bush said. 'We have to have a players-only meeting and really dig deep inside and find out what we're made of. It's going to take everybody on this team, coaching staff, players, to be able to overcome this.'
It would have put the Lions up by 11, 34-23, and the hole was there. It just got closed down quickly by defensive tackle Steve McClendon, who stuffed holder Sam Martin and forced a fumble.
Clinging to a one-point lead with 5:28 left, Linehan put the Lions in attack mode. A 17-yard pass to Jeremy Ross on first down set the tone. Then Bush starting picking up yardage behind Warford and Waddle — seven yards, 11 yards, 11 yards again.
It was Kris Durham's 40-yard catch down the sideline that put the Lions in position to score the game-winner in the final seconds. And it came on a play that players on the sideline were screaming for throughout the game.
Detroit Lions & NFL Beat Writer
Chris McCosky has been covering sports - prep, college and pros - in Michigan since 1980, and formerly covered the Detroit Pistons for 18 years and the Detroit Red Wings for one year.
A graduate of Eastern Michigan University (B.S., 1980), McCosky became associate sports editor of the Muskegon Chronicle in 1987, but soon after joined the Ann Arbor News. He covered the University of Michigan football and basketball programs from 1988 through 1992. In that time, he covered two Rose Bowls, the Wolverines' NCAA title run in basketball in 1989 and, in 1990, he broke the news of football coach Bo Schembechler's retirement.
McCosky lives in the Livonia and is the proud father of three kids - Ryan, 22, finishing his degree at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, where he played baseball for two seasons and is now an assistant coach; Rory, 19, a talented musician (his band is called Not Quite Porn) and a sophomore at Central Michigan University; and Molly, 17, a senior at Hopkins High School and planning to attend Eastern Michigan following graduation.
- Chris can be reached at email@example.com.
The five most spectacular events I've covered:
- 1. The Pistons' championship run in 2004.
- 2. The brawl at The Palace in November 2004. I was right in the middle of it. I even tried to stop Jamaal Tinsely from going into the stands. He went through my grasp like water.
- 3. The Michigan basketball team's title run in 1989. Glen Rice's torrid shooting throughout the tournament is still one of the best individual performances I've witnessed.
- 4. The Tigers-Blue Jays series at the end of the 1987 season where the Tigers had to win all four games to make the playoffs and they did.
- 5. Each Rose Bowl, all the NBA Finals that Michael Jordan competed in and the 2006 ALCS and World Series.
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