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Sack Lloyd Carr / Other Detroit Area Sports / Tatum Bell to Detroit
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Todd 
Member
# Posted: 1 Mar 2007 14:24 Edited by: Todd


Did I just hear Denver traded RB Tatum Bell to Detroit for Bly. That ought to work! Looks like maybe Millen finally did something right.

Mike Furley 
Member
# Posted: 2 Mar 2007 08:15


I don't think it was that great of a trade. Bell is brittle, and despite being a first rond pick, he never could win the starting job in Denver. Giving up Dre Bly in exchange was a mistake. Say hello to the new Olandis Gary.

Todd 
Member
# Posted: 2 Mar 2007 08:39


I don't think we've got an Olandis Gary on our hands. Tatum has averaged 4.9 yards a carry over his 3 year career. Last year he had over 1000 yards while sharing the backfield with Mike Bell who had almost 700 yards himself.

I'm a "glass is half full" on this one.

Silver Bullet 
Member
# Posted: 2 Mar 2007 09:18


The offensive line in Denver is pretty good. Do you think it would be just as easy to get that kind of yardage with his new line? It just seems more and more to me that running backs are pretty interchangeable. Granted, there are exceptions like LT who are in a class be themselves. I just think any average RB behind a great/good O-line will be made to look a lot better than they really are. Look at Reuben Droughns this year. He was a 1000 yard back last year. This year he barely cracked 700 yards. Not coincidentally, his O-line suffered a lot of losses.

Todd 
Member
# Posted: 2 Mar 2007 09:57


The offensive line in Denver is pretty good. Do you think it would be just as easy to get that kind of yardage with his new line?

Not at all! I never mentioned that he would step in and do that. My intent was to show what he has done and is capable of doing. I think it's a step in the right direction and this move has potential.

Now it gives them an opportunity to start building up that line.


I just think any average RB behind a great/good O-line will be made to look a lot better than they really are.

I think Tatum is better than an average back!

Silver Bullet 
Member
# Posted: 2 Mar 2007 10:10


I think Tatum is better than an average back!

So is Droughns.

Todd 
Member
# Posted: 2 Mar 2007 10:17


So is Droughns.

I agree???

SickOfMediocrity 
Member
# Posted: 2 Mar 2007 10:25


First, the trade was:

Tatum Bell
5th round pick
George Foster (bust)

for:

Bly.

Bly is what denver needs opposite Bailey. When Darrent Williams died, denver needed an impact corner opposite bailey. Bly is that guy. Bly was screwed by the system they had in place in Detroit and while he isn't an all pro corner, hes still a very good one.

As for what you guys got? (I'm a Broncos fan)...

George foster is a bust. He was supposed to step in and be a good addition to the denver line and he's never panned out. Enjoy.

Tatum Bell is a solid running back who can't be featured. He's brittle but has plenty of talent.

He's soft too. I thought he got over that curve last year by impressing with his consistent running, but he wore down and had fumbling problems.

He was not the answer at RB for denver and neither is mike bell.. so it made sense to chuck him while he had value.

He's solid, but if you have had a soft wuss injury-prone RB so far (Jones), i'm not really sure how tatum bell is the answer.

Todd 
Member
# Posted: 2 Mar 2007 10:58


He's solid, but if you have had a soft wuss injury-prone RB so far (Jones), i'm not really sure how tatum bell is the answer.

Mike and Tatum together ran for over 1700 yards. If Tatum isn't a feature back...maybe he and K. Jones can time share. The depth is something we need anyway. I still like the move.

SickOfMediocrity 
Member
# Posted: 2 Mar 2007 11:24


its not a bad move for you guys. bly was gona be gone one way or another.

im just saying... if im the lyons, i want adrian peterson. the guy looks sick.

now its clear that theyll be taking joe thomas or senor quinn (mistake).

in any case, they cant take calvin johnson, or theyd risk a lynching.

sadly, he's the best WR to come along in years. hes ridiculously good.

Todd 
Member
# Posted: 2 Mar 2007 11:57


They'll take Joe Thomas.

gordify 
Member
# Posted: 2 Mar 2007 17:03


Bly was screwed by the system

Yes, we hate cb's who intercept the ball and shut down the other teams

WR's in DET. He's been on past teams that won games and went to super

bowls, he definitley does not fit into the system we have in Detroit.

Question, what is the plan to replace him? Oh crap, we didnt think of that

one did we? Damn, now we can draft cb's for three years in a row and

then find one in free agent market. But hey, we got a o lineman, who I'm

told, is a complete bust. Now that is someone who fits into our system. Not

a super bowl winner, a first round o lineman bust!

The Michigan Man 
Member
# Posted: 2 Mar 2007 19:44


Giving up Dre Bly in exchange was a mistake.

Bly wanted out, what can you do? At least we got something for him

editor 
Admin
# Posted: 2 Mar 2007 20:42


Just as important, I think they've got something like four fifth round picks now.

We now need to wait and see what they do with those. The Lions need bodies. And even players who have been disappointing to Denver may be an upgrade over what the Lions have.

gordify 
Member
# Posted: 3 Mar 2007 09:10


Sweet, we have a bunch of fifth round draft picks. Wow, save em a seat on the pro bowl plane.

ElnoLewis 
Member
# Posted: 5 Mar 2007 10:08


If he is any good at all, and not just a product of Denver's great o line, then Detroit will figure out a way to destroy him soon enough.

If he is lousy, then Detroit will figure out a way to overpay him and extend his contract.

But, in Bizarro World, the Lions would have won 48 Superbowls in a row.

So I guess it all evens out in the long run.

 

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