Johnson: “Heading into Chicago for Monday Night – we expect to win”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on October 18, 2012 – 4:51 pm

“Charles Tillman is a big, physical corner; a strong guy. One thing he does do real well is: you’ve seen him over the years stripping the ball from the ball carrier. He’s actually got it down to a science. It’s actually kind of fun to watch when you see him doing it to other people.

“If I could describe his game in one word, it would be ‘detail.’ That’s one of the marks of being a good pro, man. You’ve got to be on the details, whether it be watching film to being in the right spot. To play in a system 10 years, you’ve got to be on the details.

“One thing I learned when I first got here is that a true pro is able to take the play whether it’s good or bad and be able to move onto the next one. A lot of young guys will get stuck in the moment, whether it be a good play or a bad play, and not be able to move right on to the next play – leave that one in the past. One thing about a true professional: they’re able to take a play, evaluate it for good or bad and move on to the next one and that’s the mark of a good pro.

“Let’s see – Tim Jennings has four interceptions, Tillman has two. From watching film it’s been situations where teams have to throw the ball, so their percentages go way up when teams are just throwing the ball on them because they get behind. Once you get behind Chicago it’s hard to catch up with their running game and the defense that they play.

“They’ve got a good front four. I’m not sure how many sacks they have in all, but they’ve got some guys that can do some damage up there. Rushing only four guys makes it harder for the quarterback to fit balls in windows and sometimes they try to fit them in windows that aren’t there.

“Heading into Chicago for Monday Night – we expect to win. We are a good road team. It’s been awhile since we’ve won there, so it would be a good feeling to win. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”


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23 Responses to “Johnson: “Heading into Chicago for Monday Night – we expect to win””

  1. By ghost on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Which Lion defense will show up? Are we going to adjust to their secondary?

  2. By CC on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    You guys need to play every quarter like it’s the fourth. I need a relaxing game for once!! I am having trouble with high blood pressure :)

  3. By Dean Ford on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Looking like the same old lions again………………As a fan for my 42 years, you never know when the lions will show up………..they need to get it going, or this will be another 12-4 season

  4. By Lori on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    all the predictions are calling us the losers again…just like they all did last week against the eagles. I think those guys who like to make the predictions should maybe try to predict the weather…they stand a better chance.

  5. By marcus on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Good gain some confidence and kick azzzzzz!

  6. By yash on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Man im just ready to see my lions on MNF!!!!i rember last when we whooped their ass i hope the same result this year.

  7. By Anthony Miller on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    I like that swag CJ!!! Just run that max protect post corner that u hit em with last year for that 70 some yd TD!!!! Tell your OC to run some damn toss sweeps!! Stafford needs to work on those out patterns!! Thats when he needs turn his body towards the sideline and step into the throw for more accuracy. If our defense can play like we did last week, we will win!!!! GO LIONS!!!!!

  8. By Joseph on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    “We Expect to win”….As opposed to expecting to lose? lol i feel alot better now…thanks Megatron. ok but seriously, start Shaun Hill please..Stafford isnt gonna get it done. That is how we will win

  9. By soph on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Lions are stalking their prey. Looks like it’s Bear meat on Monday!!! Let’s see how hungry you guys are. Go get ‘em!

  10. By simms on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Dont hold your breath… Lions will lose this game hands down, they will also commit at least 30 penalty’s and STAFF will throw at least 3 pics, the boy named SUh will do nothing or have it handed to him on a silver platter. I see dumb mistakes, fumbles, run the wrong way, you know.. all the same $hitz, oh and Delmas will injure his knee, toe, pinky finger or somtin

  11. By Kurt on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    People who say this is the same old lions…in their lives have the same old job same old house same old car same old depressing life. Cheer for your team or go away.

  12. By frank ribble on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    LIONS NEED TO BE A LITTLE LESS PREDICTABLE ON OFFENSE. I THINK THEY SHOULD USE BELL & LASHOURE IN THE BACKFIELD, AT THE SAME TIME. THEY NEED THIS FORMATION FOR 3RD & 4TH & SHORT, RED ZONE, BAD WEATHER, & MAX PROTECT PLAY ACTION PASSES. I LIKE THIS FORMATION EVEN BETTER, IF IT MEANS TITUS YOUNG CAN’T CATCH THE BALL SR IS ON THE BENCH. PLEASE, PROVE ME WRONG TITUS. I HATE WHEN THE LIONS RUN ON 3RD DOWN AND DON’T MAKE IT. I LOVE WHEN THEY RUN FOR 10 YARDS ON 1ST DOWN. LASHOURE COULD GET A 20+ YARD RUN OUT OF THIS FORMATION. IT IS OBVIOUS WHEN THE LIONS COME OUT IN A NO BACK SET WHAT THE LIONS ARE GOING TO DO. DEFENSE NEEDS TO EARN THE NICKNAME ROUGH TOUGH NAST BUNCH, FOR A SECOND WEEK. IT WAS GREAT TO SEE SUH COME UP BIG WITH THE TIPPED PASS. GREAT TO SEE THE BIG HITS ON VICK. GREAT JOB ON TACKLES FOR LOSS. DELMAS’S RETURN SEEMS TO BE BIG FOR THE DEFENSE. BEARS OFFENSIVE LINE IS THEIR WEEKNESS AND IT NEEDS TO BE EXPLOITED. LIONS WIN, IF THEY PLAY WITH ATTITUDE AND PLAY UP TO THEIR ABILITY FOR 4 QUARTERS. I DON’T BUY THE OFFSIDES PENALTIES AS OK. IF IT IS OK TO BE OFFSIDES, LIONS NEED TO GET 6+ SACKS TO JUSTIFY OFFSIDES PENALTIES. LIONS WIN BIG, IF THEY KNOCK CUTLER OUT OF THE GAME. IF LIONS WIN THIS GAME & CAN WIN ALL THEIR REMAINING HOME GAMES, THEY ARE IN GOOD SHAPE TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. ARE THESE THE SAME OLD LIONS? HELL NO! THESE ARE STAFFORD’S WIN IN AT THE END NO MATTER WHAT LIONS. CAN’T WAIT TILL THEY ARE THE WE PUT THIS TEAM AWAY EARLY LIONS.

  13. By Jukemove on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    When the Lions win it’s always something was wrong with the other team. When they lose it’s the same old Lions!

  14. By Jukemove on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    The Bears O-Line is suspect and porous. Our D-Line will look like world beaters against this team causing Jay Cutler to have his mid-season breakdown.

  15. By derick cleveland on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    wow CJ I see from your comments you have studied the game flim on your oppoents who will be covering you. I have one suggestion and its to late to practice now but it is something you guys has a weapon. I know the Bears are older than your team talking defense verses offense and they aren’t as healthy or deep as they once were, so with that being said why not implement at certain intervals the 4 minute offense keeping the defense from subbing. But i am not the coach and I just pray all the Lions have a good injury free victory to make up for that bogus win they got when you and shaun Hill beat them and they took your touchdown.

  16. By Marcel Detroit on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    If a team gets behind what i never understand is why do they automatically think they have to pass to ball. I understand the clock is a factor but if u get behind 21-0 in the first quarter u got 3 quarters to catch up. U dont need to pass the ball. U need points however they come & i think teams lose sight of that when they get behind now in the lions case we have a totally lack of commitment to the running game and i think last years passing success went to their heads. Defenses know how to defend us now so we have to reinvent ourselves. I think a Running game is the answer. We dont need to lean on Calvin and Matthew. We need to lean on Balance.

    Every run play is not going to work and Jim Schwartz needs to understand that. There are going to be some bad runs/bad plays. Just stick with it. Cause god know not every pass play works. Run it on 3rd down switch it up. And STOP TRYING TO GET A RUNNING GAME OUT OF SHOTGUN. THAT SHIT DONT WORK. Also abandon the screen game. Detroit’s screen game is the worst i’ve ever seen. And there defense on the screen game is the worst i’ve seen as well.

  17. By LGA on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    CJ, You are definitely a class act. Really, look forward to seeing you finally, have your break out game this year and get past the TD slump. I know you’ve been getting in the yardage but looking forward to seeing a couple of TD next to your name. I like the fact that you are not a trash talker (you’re mom obviously taught you to let your actions speak for themselves). Let’s get this win on Monday night. God Bless you and God Bless the DETROIT Lions. The number one Lion’s fan in San Diego will be watching. :-)

  18. By lee powell on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    The lions are being picked to lose by every sports commentator.they need to take that personal and look to the left side of their chest and find their heart.lions play with a chip on your shoulder like ray lewis and kevin garnett and make plays and be clutch when your number is called!!People are saying last year was a fluke.Time to show and prove…GO LIONS!!!

  19. By ed on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    I am expecting to see a win too! It is about time they do and I think we will shut down forte and Cutler will blow this game!! We wrote about it here and how to bet it !! Come check it out Lions fans!! http://nfllatestnews.com/lions-and-bears-oh-my/

  20. By D Mills on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Why is it that once a player gets a big contract they seem to give up.
    Calvin Johnson Got a big Contract now he cannot catch a ball.
    It is not that Stafford (who is awful) doesnt throw to him, it is that CJ drops them.
    Before the big contract no dropped balls.

    How about for every dropped ball 50K is donated to Youth organization.
    This will teach players that yes when they are great they deserve the money and when they SUCK they have to give the money up.

    This is not just for Calvin Johnson but to all of the high dollar players.

  21. By dean ford on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Kurt- I have been a fan for all of my 42 years, and no one has played worse than the Lions, You never know what team will show up, and to me the way you play says it all, The Lions are a joke so get ready Lion fans to take you medicine again.

    Go Tigers !

  22. By ghost on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    We had a good year last year. Not great but better than we’ve had for a long time. This year we will be able to get better draft choices and work on the secondary, the CBs. It takes a long time to build a condender. I think we have to look at the coaching staff. These young player have tallent that can be nurtured. So the coaches are not adjusting to the strengths of the other teams. They are adjusting to our passing game and shutting it down but we are not able to adjust to their adjustments. Boot some of the coaches and send a message. Of course no one reads these posts so nothing will change. Wish I had never started waching Bobby Layne and the glory days.

  23. By dean ford on Oct 26, 2012 | Reply

    LIONS HAVE WON 1 PLAYOFF GAME SINCE 1964—SAME OLD LIONS START SLOW/ PLAY CATCH UP AND LOSE GAME….

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