Johnson: “Looking forward to getting Leshoure back this week”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on September 19, 2012 – 4:57 pm

“You have to give the 49ers credit. They played as deep as the deepest and as wide as the widest. Their efforts were solely not to give up the deep ball and not give up any explosive plays. We got some explosives, but we weren’t able to get on top of the coverage that we wanted to.

“They do a good job of tackling from their safeties. Their corners didn’t have too many plays, but as far as the front seven, those guys flow to the ball. They do a good job of flowing, getting moving, getting to the ball.

“All of us receivers were active last game – that’s solely up to the head coach. Often times we may have an injury here and there with another position where they have to activate somebody else for that position just in case. Therefore Ryan (Broyles) might not be able to play this week or something like that.

“Usually it will be Ryan that’s the guy that gets the cold shoulder just because of the position he’s in. He’s like the fourth receiver for us and we do a lot of stuff with our tight ends. It will be tough for him.

“Looking at the differences between him and Titus – Titus is really shifty. Ryan’s a really shifty guy too but Titus is excellent in his routes. Ryan has come along. He does a lot of good stuff in the slot while Titus is more of an outside receiver.

“I work with both of them. It all comes in practice because that’s where we spend most of our time out on the field and that’s the best time to teach out there is on the field. That’s when coaching – if any at all – comes from any of us: on the practice field.

“Looking forward to getting Leshoure back this week. I was going around talking to the linemen about it. They have a new toy back there in Leshoure – they’re happy to have that. We’re all happy to have him back. To have a healthy big back that is going to fall forward and get you some yards … some tough yardage at that.”


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14 Responses to “Johnson: “Looking forward to getting Leshoure back this week””

  1. By JP O'Flaherty on Sep 19, 2012 | Reply

    CJ, I don’t agree. With the lineup of receivers and tight ends we have there is NO excuse for the lack of explosive plays against the 49rs. If Tight Ends continue to drop key, drive killing passes we should sit them on the bench and put in someone who will make the big catch like YOU! Matt has NO other Go TO receiver on the team but YOU. That is an embarrassment to a team with great talent, who loses to a team like Sand Fran who have far INFERIOR Offensive AND Defensive players on the same field. The LIONS have to QUIT making excuses for LOSSES and WIN!!!!!!! We Lions fans are tired of INFERIOR performances from Superior talent.

  2. By Touch Dowen on Sep 19, 2012 | Reply

    GG, CJ.

  3. By Joe Unger on Sep 19, 2012 | Reply

    So how come no one is squawking about the refs blown call in the 49er game? On the play in the 1st half where pass intereference was called in the endzone, the play clock has expired before the 49ers got the play off. Instead, they threw to Randy Moss and got a pass intereference call. So instead of being penalized, the 49ers got a 1st down at the 1 yard line and then scored a TD.
    The TV announcers remarked on the play clock and I reran the whole sequence. The 49ers got about 2 extra seconds. It was a horrible job by the refs.

  4. By rockbo55 on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    I hope the offensive players pick it up the game for the next game! this week three and the team hasnt played a complete game! Stop the pushing so hard that your our defeating yourself ( not you cj your always on your game) take the pressure off and just play!GO LIONS!

  5. By Shane Fountain on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    WOW……………….J.P u jus basically called out the best recieverin the league ..I mean seriously are u even on the feild with those guysdo u not graspo what we see oin t,v and what is on live action could be far and away different u cant know the 49ers for there talent and hunger they played well ndetroit did not however i agree with this one thing mathew needs to step it up his throws were inaccurate and undiusciplined definately not the matty stafford we became accusitomed to last season and i also agree with the T,E s dropping passes that they should have been caught , While calvin is the goto man for matty u cant sit there and discount burleson, young , pettigrew , that tram is loaded with talent pro bowl talent and now houston and lshoure are back anbd hopefully bentley will show us some ore of that speed and ball hawking skills …either way The titans have a taskin front of them this weekend the LIONS are in town baby are u ready ….LETS GO HONALULU BLUE AND SILVER

  6. By Simms on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    I agree J.P, play calling was just sad, The coaches were trying to make a point by running the ball, which is not our strength, and the gaps on the D-line were huge, no wonder they were running through our D! Stafford looked scared, we never tried any trick plays, reverses or anything, except 1/4 back draw, and that was a surprise! We need to spread the ball around, and we should have done screen passes!! if they are deep then the screen will work,, duh, KSmith up the middle for 2 yards is just sad.

  7. By F. Burgett on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    Stafford will be fine !! you hear analysts all the time talking about Quarter backs coming into there own when the game slows down ….. Well S.F. defence is very fast maybe the fastest in the NFL . Tennissee should look alot slower and by the time Greenbay comes to town Staffords game will have gained a ton of momentum. Myself I am excited to see what kind of ride our lions are going to take us on. I think some heads are about to be turned, for their sake I hope its not by Suh.

  8. By kohler on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    J.P. while you are correct on many of the issues. As far as go TO receivers one issue was that Matt did not have enough time to find the second or third read. SF was in his face or causing him to flush from the pocket and that is not Matt’s strong suit. I do feel that the game was called poorly especially on Gunther’s side of the ball the defense had them in 3rd and long many times and they managed to throw for a first down. Now I realize the secondary is a hodgepodge group of guys but the d line is supposed to be one of the best and how much pressure was there on Alex Smith? I saw very little. They need to be able to apply more pressure on opposing QB’s. I would also like to add that that we as fans and viewers Never see the whole playing field we see what the television replays and all we saw was Calvin double and triple teamed constantly. We will see if Leshoure will take some of the pressure off the passing game and bring those safeties out of the middle of the field that would give CJ and Matt More time. I watched him play at ILL he was a beast I hope he brings that mentality to the lions backfield. OK off my soap box and back to work.

  9. By ElReyDeLeon on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    The entire team from the coaches to the backup players need to stop being happy about just getting to the playoffs last season and get their heads into THIS season! The coaching staff was totally unprepared for the San Francisco game and it showed. They had no answer for niners game plan. There were no adjustments made in the second half on either offense or defense. The play of Stafford in the past 2 games shows the same “sophomore regression” Bradford experienced in his second year. CJ is not making use of his size and strength against the DB’s. He’s just running routes. He should be punishing those little dudes for even thinking about tackling him. That’s what Vernon Davis does. He also uses his size and strength to get open. It may not be in his nature, but he needs to be more aggressive; especially with the replacement officials in who won’t call offensive pass interference. As a matter of fact, I didn’t see ANY of our receivers consistently getting open. And when they were open drops and bad throws by Stafford. Getting Leshoure back will help a little, but not much with an O-line which just doesn’t have the ability or inclination to run-block.

  10. By James Emory on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    One loss does not make a season. The Lions as well as any other NFL team are not going to win every game, that’s a rarity in the NFL.

  11. By Peter Ulrich on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    Great news about having Houston and Bentley back in the line-up. Both seem to play at the high level we as fans expect from the secondary. Hopefully Delmas will be good-to-go this upcoming week, as every week without him is costly. I forgot the exact figure, but I remember last year seeing some statistic that with Delmas in the game, opponents averaged approx. 8 points less a game (stat off the top of my head, please correct me if you remember it exactly), which is huge. If we can average 24+ points a game, which we averaged 28+ a game last year, and hold opponents to no more than TD scores a game or field goals, we’ll be the force the league fears we can be. We’re close, just need our guys to stay healthy for a change!
    Having Leshoure back is big, potentially having Best back in a handful of weeks is also big. The two of them, plus having Smith peppered in, creates a very tricky situation for Defenses. The end of the season is going to be interesting, especially the big games later on against Green Bay and Chicago.
    I don’t see the Lions winning the division at all, but I do expect a wildcard playoff appearance. 10-6 or 11-5
    STL @ DET — W
    DET @ SF — L
    DET @ TEN — W
    MIN @ DET — W
    DET @ PHI — L (a potentially pivotal game, I see the Eagles coming on top)
    DET @ CHI — W (another big game)
    SEA @ DET — W (hopefully Seattle’s recent awesome play is a fluke)
    DET @ JAC — W
    DET @ MIN — W
    GB @ DET — W (yes, I’m predicting a battle and a W if Best is back)
    HOU @ DET — L (Houston is that good)
    IND @ DET — W
    DET @ GB —- L
    DET @ ARI — L (I like ARI at home. 2 L’s in a row, and media causes distraction)
    ATL @ DET — L (media distractions and a solid ATL team steal the W)
    CHI @ DET — W (with their backs against the wall, DET finds a way to win at home like they have become known to do when it matters most)
    Final record: 10-6
    Wildcard spot.
    I predict them winning the Wildcard game, then facing off against GB. If they happen to win at GB, (though a long-shot in the winter), I expect them to go all the way. Realistically, I predict them to win the Wildcard, and lose against GB thereafter. Hoping for the best though! The Lions truly have all the talent needed to go all the way. Mental focus and staying healthy is key.

  12. By Brandon on Sep 21, 2012 | Reply

    I think even with the prevent type defense that SF ran trying to stop big / deep plays that we still could have done it. We were trying to play SF football instead of Lions football, and I think we would have won doing what we do best, not trying to force the run.

  13. By frank on Sep 21, 2012 | Reply

    IT IS TIME FOR TITUS YOUNG AND THE LIONS TO HAVE A HUGE GAME. IF THE LIONS ESTABLISH A RUNNING GAME THEY ARE EVEN HARDER TO STOP. FANS ACT LIKE WE SHOULD THROW TO CALVIN JOHNSON, IF HE IS TRIPLED COVERED IN THE END ZONE. THIS IS WHERE LESHOURE NEEDS TO RUN IT IN. CALVIN JOHNSON IS A TRUE PROFESSIONAL BECAUSE HE KNOWS THE VALUE OF BEING A DECOY AND HE IS AN AWESOME BLOCKER. LIONS DID A GOOD JOB OF MOVING HIM AROUND. LOSING TO SANFRANCISCO WITH A BANGED UP SECONDARY, ISN’T THAT BAD. I WOULD RATHER BEAT THEM IN THE PLAYOFFS. TITANS ARE AN INFERIOR OPPONENT. THE LIONS WILL TAKE THEIR GAME TO THE NEXT LEVEL, IF THEY BEAT THEM BY AT LEAST 14. IT IS HARD TO PUT AWAY TEAMS, IN THE NFL. THAT IS WHAT MAKES A TEAM GREAT! I WOULD LIKE TO SEE STAFFORD IN THE SHOTGUN & NO HUDDLE OFFENSE MORE. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE STAFFORD HOLD ON TO THE BALL LONGER, WHEN HE HAS TIME. SOME TEAMS ARE GOING TO TRY & RUSH 3 & DROP EVERYONE INTO COVERAGE. STAFFORD MUST MAKE THEM PAY & I BELIEVE HE WILL, JUST LIKE HE DOES WHEN A TEAM BLITZES. I HOPE HE HAS A TON OF FUN CARVING UP THE TITANS. I THINK THE LIONS SHOULD HAVE A GOAL OF PUTTING UP 40+ THIS WEEK. NO MATTER WHAT NO ONE COMPARES TO THE DYNAMIC DUO OF STAFFORD & MEGATRON!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. By kohler on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    How do we look now like the goats of the division going for it on fourth and a yard in OT dumb dumb dumb!!!! and then some sad story of we were supposed to just try and draw them offsides. Who is in charge here just another example of an undisciplined team headed by an undisciplined coach.

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