Johnson: “We still have a great chance to make it where we want to be at the end of the season and we’re going to keep plugging away”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on September 26, 2012 – 3:30 pm

“Losing last game was tough. When we got up in the score, we felt like we took the momentum back. We knew if we just kept on plugging away on offense, we’d get back in the lead and we did for a slight moment. But once we kicked it off, the kickoff return just sucked our momentum away and gave it right back to them and then they came back with a defensive touchdown. We were still fighting back but every time those big plays happened, it kind of took the wind out of our sails.

“We’re not down, though. Matt’s whole injury, that’s just something that happens. He’s going to be back. He’s going to be fine. The fact is we’re 1-2 and we have a big divisional game coming up which should put us back at .500 and at the same time 1-0 in our conference.

“We’re alright right now. We’re standing fine. We don’t want to be 1-2. We’d like to be 3-0 like we were last year, but it’s not the same as last year. We still have a great chance to make it where we want to be at the end of the season and we’re going to keep plugging away.

“Leshoure had a great performance first time out there. It was great to see him do what he did. I was happy for him. And I’m sure that he was looking forward to that opportunity. He knows what he can do and we’re starting to learn more and more about him every time he gets out there. It’s fun to watch him play.

“They still didn’t change up their coverage too much – they kept on doing what they were doing. So if teams want to keep on playing with the two-high and leaving seven in the box at the most, we can come up plugging away in the run.

“The Vikings beat a good team at home last week in the 49ers. Good thing we have them at home. They’re coming to our place. I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the home crowd – the energy – and we have to be able to put on a good show for them.

“They always had a great front four and they still have a good one. They lost some guys but they refilled the holes. They did a good job of that and they’re having a good season. Greenway’s been playing well for them the last few years, and the secondary, they have a couple returning pieces, but they also have some new pieces at the same time. So it’s an opportunity for us to go out there and make some plays on those guys.”


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4 Responses to “Johnson: “We still have a great chance to make it where we want to be at the end of the season and we’re going to keep plugging away””

  1. By D-LeC85 on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Hey the last 2 loses could have easily been different outcomes, So Overall not a bad start already got 2 on the road just got to learn how to close em out when we establish a good lead ! GO Lions We Believe !

  2. By JP O'Flaherty on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    CJ to my mind you are the ONLY Lion who puts out 100% week after week, and are really trying to make the Lions a Champion. I am somewhat disappointed by Matt’s early performance, and now another injury! TOO many excuses week after week, loss after loss. Lenihan should throw to you at least 15 times a game, and quit trying to be the great NFL Genius!

  3. By J.E. Kelly on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Calvin,

    Before it’s too late, remind the coach the Lions are a better passing team than running. “We,ve got to establish the run”, DOES NOT apply to the Lions but seems to be the plan week after week. This makes the team play catch-up EVERY game. You would think there could be at least one different game plan. You didn’t get to 10-1 last year with the run and you won’t this year either. The Lions have the personnel to be the most prolific scoring team in NFL history but I’m affraid Schwartz won’t let that happen. If you can make 2 TDs in less than a minute, what is 60min. x 14points? I know that’s waaay out there, but I’m just sayin’…….why wait till you only have a minute left. Passing will open up the run also, you know. Please run it by the coach. I want to see you with 2000 yards this year too!
    -Lions fan in DC

  4. By Schwartz on Oct 4, 2012 | Reply

    Schwartz has no back bone. Ever since he got punked against the 49ers he has been soft. It’s like he wants to see them fall behind and then he decides to air it out. The lions are a passing team. They win by passing. Stop running the ball on first down. Everyone knows your going to run. If anything come out throwing and that will lead to a better running game. You run on first and second down and then end up punting. Why not try some trick plays? Fake punt/ field goal, all you do is run the reverse to Burleson. Hopefully this is his last year, with the talent the lions have they should be running people out of the stadium. It all starts with the coach and our coach is a spineless leader.

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