Lions Sign LB Bobby Carpenter

Posted by Tara Altman on October 21, 2010 – 3:24 pm

The Detroit Lions signed LB Bobby Carpenter today, and it was a good time to bring in the former first-round draft pick.

Head Coach Jim Schwartz also believes that adding Carpenter is just another example of seizing opportunities to make the team better when they arise.

Schwartz: “We’ve taken a long stance of anytime a player is available and we think we can improve our team, we’re going to work very hard at it. He became available. He’s got the size and speed and the athletic ability that we’re looking for. He has experience. He’s a multidimensional player. He’s played inside, he’s played outside, he’s played in the nickel.

“I thought his best year in the NFL was last year in Dallas. We’ve had some issues at linebacker. We’ve played 5 different MIKE  linebackers this year. Our depth is down there a little bit with where Zack (Follett) is, and DeAndre Levy and things like that. So we thought it made sense to get him here and get him going.”

Joining the team during a non-game week allows for the extra time Carpenter needs to focus on learning the playbook and getting up to speed with the system.

Carpenter: “It’s a huge benefit (to come in during the Bye), believe me, because I can come in and actually learn what I’m supposed to do before game planning. Game weeks are all preparation for what they’re doing. They take for granted that players know what they should do. Coming in, I’m trying to learn what I need to do and then next week I’ll be able to focus on what the Washington Redskins are doing and I’ll focus on them. Hopefully I’ll be able to understand more of my role and what they need me to do and focus on them next week.”

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30 Responses to “Lions Sign LB Bobby Carpenter”

  1. By william rhoads on Oct 21, 2010 | Reply

    i love this team they our really giving it all and the will win some games this year and under schwart and the great moves they keping making i beleive next should be the break out year and i have been a detrioit lions fan for forty years this is for real you can see there our actualy competeive this year and have being in every game there so close to the final couple of step and personel that this team is really going to be good and people our wanting to come here and i dont listen to commentators what i see on the field is ahell of alot of improvemnt from what the were and next year should be the break out year making trades and the draft really good like they have been doing they wont talk trash about detroit and its time to get too the super bpwl and win one for detroit if there any city in amercia that needs a winner is detroit and the lions instead of the redwings our going to be that team i am sold 110 percent that if they do the same in draft and teades and free agency they will get there. a true fan of the lions.

  2. By kruunk1 on Oct 21, 2010 | Reply

    yeah, too bad if they ever do become a good team it will once again be when nobody cares because the new policy on hits is going to draw people away from the sport.

  3. By AJ on Oct 21, 2010 | Reply


  4. By tired of losing on Oct 21, 2010 | Reply

    you guys never learn. The lions are jinxed. they will go 2wins this year if they are lucky. they ALWAYS find a way to lose. they will always lose and its always for a diff. reason. Ive seen hopes dashed for 50 years and the next 50 will be no different.

  5. By Gary on Oct 21, 2010 | Reply

    10 in a row 11-5 playoffs!

  6. By J.T. on Oct 21, 2010 | Reply

    JEFF BACKUS. Yeah you, El Matador :!: DO NOT LET ANOTHER DEFENDER NEAR STAFFORD. EVER :!: If you have to take a holding penalty. So be it. DO NOT GET OUR $50M QB hurt AGAIN

  7. By bobby on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    hey lions dont play carpenter on punts….bad idea the dolphins found out…two of those blocked punts were his fault….other than that i think hes a good linebacker he just cant block…thats fine as long as u want him to tackle

  8. By H.Hajduk on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    Why the Backus thing again.?

    Has anyone EVER dared to draw attention to the Golden Boy, …Dominic Raiola ??
    Maybe a Ford favorite ( like Matt Millen ), but not one of mine.

    We need a stud center, have needed one for several years,
    ………AND a younger, stronger left guard.

    Go Offensive Line in 2011 Draft and Free Agency.

    Hank – Tree Guy

  9. By Dan on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    You can tell – there is a BIG difference in the “mindset” of this team. Unlike other years, they are never content with where they are with the people they have. They are always trying to improve. Kudos to Martin Mayhew and I believe in Jim Schwartz and his coaching staff. They WILL start to win some games, and very soon.

    NOW, I agree that Jeff Backus and the offensive line needs to protect Matt Stafford better, (that goes for any Lions QB). Any quarterback in this league will do a good job if he gets enough time. So this is a challenge to the offensive line – protect our QB’s and block for the running backs.

  10. By matt on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    Martin, Jim and the entire staff (to include all front office personnel) are doing a tremendous job! It’s not showing up in the W column yet but it is very clear to all that this team is turning the corner. One more great draft coming and we will be serious contenders for years to come. Keep up the great work Jim and Martin…but please do something with the O-line. maybe even a new o-line coach. To the players, GL the rest of the way, stay healthy.

  11. By Jim on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    Hmm, definitely needed more depth @ LB. Guess we’ll see how he pans out. Far as the offensive line, you guys do realize there are 18 teams in the league who have given up more sacks and qb hits? And they have had to play against some pretty tough defenses with some mean pass rushers. Now, of course stafford got hurt. Week in and week out I see QBs get NAILED over and over and get up. So I will contribute him getting hurt to a freak accident and a vicious hit by peppers. We like to focus on what our teams do wrong so much we never notice what they are doing right (im guilty of this). Next week, try to take your eyes off the ball….and just watch the O-line…you will be suprised. Sure they get through sometimes, no team in the league can stop them EVERY TIME. That said I am not opposed to getting some young talent in here and ready to develop.

  12. By ENAHS NIATNUOF on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    wow this is the first time in a ;ong time i have agreed with absolutely erverything that people are saying on the blog .signing boddy carpenter was a great move dallas screwed up when they let him go.anyway the defense has made huge strides the secondary needs to jell be consistant linebackers need to be healthy
    but over all this lions team is 100% better then teams of the past the O line is a lil suspect and backus get your stuff together we need u to protect matty … he is going to carry u guys to the promise land if u give him the protection he needs with jahvid , b pett, c.j , and comp is and can blow up the league u guys are stacked with talent and i hvae to give kudos to mayhew and coach schwartz you guys have began to build a very hard corp team that is going to be and will dominate for a long time there aint nmore motown curse …. screw that next year is our year to expose the other teams in the nfc north chicago is mediocre at best, green bay a good team but minnesota ..they are a joke nice job coach u really restoreing the roar in detroit we love u man one mopre draft and free agency we gon be straight ….NOW LETS WIN SOME GAMES BOYS BEAT WASHINGTON KNOCK MCNABB OUT ,AND LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED

  13. By Jordan on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    yes o line you guys have done a much much better job since week one i can see you guys are growing together keep up the work and get even better i love this fucking team man! i just bought a lions flag for my car the other day.

  14. By Andrew on Oct 23, 2010 | Reply

    Ive just become a Lions Fan so I hope I can learn more about them and be proud of my team!!!

  15. By rik emmit on Oct 23, 2010 | Reply

    Backus needs to go, never liked him, we need to get a great lineman in the draft and one more stud on defense or maybe 2, then the lions will start to rore

  16. By Mark on Oct 24, 2010 | Reply

    Bobby Carpenter is a bust. This is the biggest waste of time in Lions history. He’s a loser and couldn’t make the Rams, who needed a linebacker. What are the Lions thinking?

  17. By ARK on Oct 24, 2010 | Reply

    Carpenter was a bust pick for Dallas, St. Louis, and Miami… Are we expecting his performance and awareness to miraculously improve in Detroit?

  18. By ARK on Oct 24, 2010 | Reply

    I’ve been a lifetime Lions fan — through the good and bad seasons. I realize we need some help right now, but there is a reason why Carpenter has been cut. He has proven to be dead weight.

  19. By mike on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    I have always thought Backus to less than par, we need a little more on the o-line he isnt it

  20. By Jason on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    I tip my hat to the Lions organization for continuing to try and get better. No Bobby Carpenter may not be the long term answer, but he will help with the depth issue we are having until everyone gets healthy. It’s not going to be this year, but we are definitely improving and just need to cut down on penalties and untimely turnovers.

  21. By ChristopherWayne on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    This is another move in the right direction. GO LIONS!

  22. By mja on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    Adding talent and depth where needed is always a good thing. The question is why did Dallas release him? I still have my doubts about the Lions defense. Although they seemed to be better the last two games, they still give up too many yards (near the bottom of the league standings). I’m thiking that they need a new defensive coordinator. Hopefully it’s just that the system is just so complicated that it takes a long time for players to get it down.

  23. By andy on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    At last we have a young QB even is he is made of glass. a running back that can, hum, RUN. and believe it or not an defense that can stop running water if nothing else. maybe next year they will win 5 games and have a pick in the teens. but for this year i see 2 wins. i hope i’m wrong……….. go lions

  24. By corey Stank on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    jeff backus is horrible, why would you pay millions and millions of dollars on a good QB, and protect him with a so-so bum, thats the lions way though. Too bad they actually play hard now. The next time stafford gets injured I hope backus actually gets a hand on the defender, baby steps!

  25. By robert E on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    Let’s see what Bobby can do on the Lions D, this may be the system that works for him, some people play better in another system. Let’s see if this makes him the LB that makes him a star for the Lions. This may be his last stop so maybe he makes it count.

  26. By Rick C on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    Ive been a Lions fan for too many years to recall. Have endured the good and the bad. We went through the worst of it when Millen ran the show. The revolving door of horrible coaching as well. Now, we have a GM with some competence, a head coach that knows what he is doing. The rebuilding the last few years, the great drafts are starting to show. The team is just 1 or 2 fixed mistakes away from winning more games. We have depth, talent, and a team that is coming together. I agree with all the comments on here, we will soon be having the breakout season us fans have been hoping for. No longer are we getting blown out, losing games by very few points means we are on the doorstep and ready to bust the door down

  27. By walter h on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    they will start 2 win alot of games starting with the redskins go lions

  28. By jason b. nichol on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    the lion should be 3-3 we beat the bears obviousy duh & that pushoff on delmas in the endzone was bull just wait we will destrroy the redskins!!! suh & vandenbosh & williams kill mcnabb!!!!

  29. By jason b. nichol on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    oh & one more thing ahh stafford show detroit & the nfl your the real deal!!! but dont throw to bryant hes a bum but get it to calvin , nate , petagrew & best make them redskins bleed!!!!

  30. By Detroit Lions Junkie on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    I hate to lose Bobby :(

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