Tom Lewand and whatever strategy he has devised – and knowing him, he has four or five contingencies in place – is on hold. No sweat for Suh; he has all the time and leverage an athlete could want. But for Lewand, the clock is ticking – loudly.
Some leftover musings from Friday's news conferences with new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi:
Here's how this is going to go: I am going to refute a reckless and inaccurate characterization of Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh made by NFL Network and Fox analyst Heath Evans.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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