Another week, another round of questions about Ndamukong Suh. What else would there be to talk about in the Detroit Lions Mailbag.

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@mikerothstein: It depends on the player. Some, like Dominic Raiola, have already told they won't be back. Others, like Ndamukong Suh, know they are wanted by the Lions. And the Lions had started speaking with the agents of some of their pending free agents before the season ended. Nothing, though, has been announced. Of course, many of Detroit's moves will revolve around what happens with Suh. If I'm the Lions, though, I'm understanding that Suh will likely end up as the highest-paid defensive lineman in the league, and I have to be OK with that. That's how much he means to the Detroit defense.

@mikerothstein: Is it feasible? Sure, it's feasible, but it would likely depend on the structure of the contract. Detroit would almost assuredly want to backload any long-term deal with Suh to lessen the salary-cap hit for 2015 and even 2016. The cap is expected to jump heavily in 2015, and then again in 2016. So a deal with a reasonable cap number over the next two seasons with bigger numbers down the road would be doable for Detroit. It's going to be about the money for Suh, though, and how much the Lions or any other team really want to pay him. I don't know if I'd do that deal if I'm Detroit -- meaning the specific one you've listed -- but it's going to take a lot of money to keep Suh with the Lions.

@mikerothstein: I can't say that one way or the other at this point. Too many variables right now.

@mikerothstein: Might as well answer this, too. No, the Lions can't do this. Detroit can franchise or transition tag Suh between Feb. 16 and March 2. So that's the window to watch. Otherwise, it's either signing him to a long-term deal before free agency starts -- that seems unlikely to me -- or seeing Suh test the market beginning March 10..

Over the next week, we are going to go through the 10 plays that shaped the 2014 season for the Detroit Lions.

View the other plays that shaped Detroit’s season.

The play: After missing two field goals against the Buffalo Bills, Alex Henery had a chance to make a potential game-winner for the Lions with 26 seconds left in Week 5. Henery missed the 50-yard attempt wide left.

 The situation: The Lions had either been tied or led throughout the entire game against the Bills, even with Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush both hobbled with injuries. Henery had already missed a 44-yard attempt off the right upright and a 47-yard attempt short. Yet he still had a chance to win the game for the Lions. He missed the field goal, giving Buffalo a chance to make its own game-winner, a 58-yarder from Dan Carpenter, with four seconds remaining.

The reason it mattered: Henery’s three misses sent Detroit to a NFL-worst 4-of-12 field goals at that point in the season between him and rookie Nate Freese. It also became the moment that ended up stabilizing Detroit’s kicking situation for the rest of the season. The Lions released Henery a day later and ended up signing veteran Matt Prater, who made 21 of 26 field goals throughout the rest of the regular season and both his field goal attempts in the playoffs against Dallas. Oh, it also led former Lions coach Jim Schwartz to be hoisted on the shoulders of some of his Bills players after the win.

What Golden Tate said about the play: “It’s unfortunate. I know Henery feels extremely bad, but hopefully he turns that bad feeling into motivation to working hard and to find a way to make these kicks. Because, to me, that’s one game, when we’re up the whole game and moving the ball the way we are, that’s one game that I think we need to win. I just hope that doesn’t come back and bite us later in the season.”
Over the next week, we are going to go through the 10 plays that shaped the 2014 season for the Detroit Lions.

View the other plays that shaped Detroit's season.

The play: Matt Prater makes a 48-yard field goal as time expires to cap a 22-21 comeback win for Detroit over Atlanta at Wembley Stadium in London.

The situation: The Lions got the ball at their own 7-yard line with 1:38 left and trailed by two points, 21-19, after falling behind 21-0 at halftime. Quarterback Matthew Stafford completed passes to Golden Tate (32 yards), Theo Riddick (20 yards) and Jeremy Ross (10 yards) to get into field goal range at the Falcons' 31. Detroit then ran Joique Bell twice -- including a defensive holding penalty picking up five more yards -- leaving the Lions at the 25-yard line with four seconds left. Detroit then -- for reasons still beyond explanation -- had to rush a 42-yard field goal attempt by Prater that he missed. On the play, his holder, Sam Martin, kept telling him to hurry up. But the Lions were saved because Detroit had not gotten the kick off in time, forcing a delay of game penalty and a re-kick from the Atlanta 30-yard line. Prater then made the 48-yard field goal to give the Lions a win.

The reason it mattered: From a confidence perspective, it was massive for Prater. He signed with Detroit after being cut by Denver earlier this season when the team decided to stick with Brandon McManus over him after Prater came off his four-game suspension. For the Lions, Prater's kick solidified a position that had been a major problem throughout the first half of the season and once again gave them a come-from-behind win. After that win, there was more confidence around the Detroit franchise that it could make the playoffs and win any game it played in. It also showed some of the lucky situations the Lions had throughout the 2014 season that put them in playoff position.

What Stafford said about the play: "We pulled together and had a fantastic drive to get it down there in field goal range and we miss the first one and you're just as low as you can be. You see the delay of game and you're kind of fired up, not really knowing what's going on and I was thinking ‘Is this a 10-second runoff?' But it's a no play, five-yard penalty and we get another shot at it. And Prater squares one up and drills it. That's as high and as low and as high again as I've been on a football field. It was fantastic. Just glad the second one went through."
Frustrated in the 24 hours after the Detroit Lions lost to the Dallas Cowboys earlier this month in the playoffs, Jim Caldwell said he wanted to propose changes to the NFL's replay rules.

Now, the Lions are trying to do something about it.

NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said Thursday the Lions had proposed a rule to expand replay, but colleague Kevin Seifert -- who was at the press conference -- said Blandino declined to expand on that.

"Proposals that we've seen so far, they range from reviewing hits on defenseless players to reviewing any foul that an official calls," Blandino said. "So we've kind of run the gamut. There is strong senitment if we have the technology, how can it help us get these plays right. It has merit. We just have to make sure it makes sense and we don't have any unintended consequences."

Caldwell said he would like to eliminate some of the human error from potential penalty calls because the league now has the technology to do so.

"I do think, in this day and age, modern times where we have technology that can take out the human factor in certain key situations, in big games, that we should use that technology to do so," Caldwell said the day after the game. "Kind of set the record straight and take the human error out of it.

"So perhaps, from this endeavor, we'll find a way to maybe improve that portion of the game."

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Over the next week, we are going to go through the 10 plays that shaped the 2014 season for the Detroit Lions.

View the other plays that shaped Detroit's season.

The play: Golden Tate broke free from zone coverage in London and scored a 59-yard touchdown pass with 4:48 left in the third quarter, Detroit's first touchdown of the game.

The situation: The Lions' offense had been atrocious in the first half against Atlanta at Wembley Stadium in London. Detroit trailed 21-0 and couldn't pull together any momentum at all. Then, quarterback Matthew Stafford did what he has done so often in his career. In a rare display of good protection from Detroit's offensive line, Stafford had time to wait for Tate to sprint down the field. He created more time by moving up in the pocket and then threw a line drive to a wide open Tate for the touchdown to cut the Falcons' lead to 21-10 in a 22-21 win.

The reason it mattered: In the context of the game, it was the first time Detroit's offense showed signs of competency and progress against Atlanta and really started igniting the double-digit comeback, one that would be the Lions' second in two weeks. In the context of the season, the second half of the Atlanta game was a major confirmation point for the Lions. Multiple players said throughout the season the way Jim Caldwell handled halftime -- calm, focused and honest -- spurred the comeback and eventually led the Lions to a playoff berth. In the context of Stafford, the pass was the 119th touchdown of his career, breaking Bobby Layne's franchise record that stood for more than 50 years.

What Stafford said about the play: "I'm fired up we got to break it and win the game. It would have been disappointing not to. That play, third-and-extra long, our team needed a spark. Coach calls an aggressive down-the-field shot and I told everybody to keep running. I said no matter what, just keep running. Our offensive line did a great job. We had protection with a bunch of help on both tackles and had a chance to step up in the pocket and saw the safety kind of flat-food for a half-second and I just let one go. Tried to get Golden a chance. He ran underneath it, scored, dropped the ball and [I] ran and got it."
During the next week, we are going to go through the 10 plays that shaped the 2014 season for the Detroit Lions.

The play: Safety Don Carey, who missed the first two games of the season to injury, picked up an Eddie Lacy fumble and returned it for a touchdown in the first quarter of Detroit’s 19-7 victory over Green Bay in Week 3.

The situation: On Green Bay’s second play from scrimmage, Lacy tried running to the left, right where Nick Fairley and DeAndre Levy were being blocked. Fairley shed the block and used his right arm to knock the ball out of Lacy’s hands. Carey scooped the ball up at the Green Bay 40-yard line and ran it in for a touchdown to give the Lions a 7-0 lead.

The reason it mattered: The play did a lot of things. It gave the Lions an early lead against their biggest rival and ended up helping Detroit’s defense beat the Packers’ offense 8-7 in the game. In the construct of the season, it was one of the Lions’ biggest defensive momentum plays of the year. It helped build confidence in Teryl Austin’s scheme, and the run defense that ended up being one of the best in the NFL. It was also a convincing victory against a top team – Detroit’s only one against a team with a winning record all season.

What Fairley said about the play: “It was a draw. I had the B gap. He started in the A, I picked and that’s when he kicked back out in the B. Once he kicked back out in the B, I was already too far into the A. I just put my arm out and was able to get my hands on the ball. I felt the ball, so I think I knocked it out, yeah.”

NFL Nation TV talks Hall of Fame

January, 29, 2015
Jan 29
Join us at 3 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. PT Thursday for the second special NFL Nation TV Super Bowl Week Spreecast.

Episode No. 42 will review's recent joint venture with Pro Football Focus, which broke down how many "above-average" players each team is from contending for the Super Bowl.

The crew will also preview the Super Bowl matchup between the defending champion Seattle Seahawks and three-time winner New England Patriots as well as break down how the Pro Football Hall of Fame's upcoming class may shake out Saturday.

Host Paul Gutierrez (ESPN Nation's San Francisco 49ers reporter) and co-hosts Coley Harvey (Cincinnati Bengals reporter) and Mike Wells (Indianapolis Colts reporter) will be joined by Jeff Legwold (Denver Broncos reporter) and ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando, both of whom are among the Hall's 46 selectors.


It has been almost two full years since the Detroit Lions initially signed Havard "Kickalicious" Rugland, and it has been two seasons since the team cut him in favor of David Akers.

But it doesn't mean the Norwegian has stopped trying to impress people with his kicking ability in hopes of another shot in the NFL.

Rugland, who was initially discovered by a YouTube video, had a second video posted Wednesday and sponsored by Pepsi Max in Norway. It features Rugland kicking from various distances to different targets -- including some more trick kicks like one into an open car window.

You can watch the entire video here.

It will be interesting to see if another NFL team gives Rugland a shot considering his level of accuracy appears to be pretty good, even if he has very little experience.

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Over the next week, we are going to go through the 10 plays that shaped the 2014 season for the Detroit Lions.

View the plays that shaped the Detroit Lions season to this point.

The play: Stephen Tulloch leaps into the air to celebrate a sack of Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and tears his ACL.

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AP Photo/Rick OsentoskiStephen Tulloch was lost for the season after tearing his ACL during the celebration above after sacking Aaron Rodgers.
The situation: The sturdy middle linebacker had just sacked Rodgers during the first quarter of the Lions’ 19-7 win over Green Bay in Week 3. It was a third down and forced another three-and-out for the Packers. To celebrate, Tulloch leapt in the air and appeared – although he has since denied this – to mock Rodgers’ trademark title belt celebration. He landed on his feet and almost immediately fell to the ground, clutching his left knee.

The reason it mattered: Tulloch had not missed a game in his career prior to that point, playing in 131 straight regular-season games and three playoff games. The injury had the makings of wrecking Detroit’s defense when it replaced Tulloch with the then-unproven Tahir Whitehead in the middle. Whitehead ended up having a decent season in place of Tulloch, recording 77 tackles with two interceptions. The injury also ended up with Josh Bynes landing with the Lions. He turned into a valuable special teams contributor and role player. Tulloch’s injury also showed the potential of Teryl Austin as a coordinator. He was able to navigate season-ending injuries to three defensive players (Bill Bentley, Nevin Lawson, Tulloch) in three weeks and still schemed his way to the NFL’s top run defense and one of the league’s top defenses overall. Like with Dominic Raiola’s suspension, the injury to Tulloch might have also given Detroit’s front office a view at Tulloch’s potential replacement.

What Tulloch said about the play: “It’s unfortunate, man. You’re passionate about the game. You want to get up and celebrate and it happened. People do it a million times. Unfortunately it happened to me, but I’ve been healthy for nine years in my career, never missed a game, let alone damn near plays. Sitting on the sideline is new to me, man. It’s sickening. But I’ll be all right. I’ll get right and be able to help this team.”
Over the next week, we are going to go through the 10 plays that shaped the 2014 season for the Detroit Lions.

The play: Detroit center Dominic Raiola stomped on the ankle of Chicago defensive lineman Ego Ferguson.

The situation: The Lions were assured of a playoff berth and a chance at a NFC North title no matter what happened against the Bears in Week 16, but coming out of a scrum on a play in the third quarter, Raiola appeared to intentionally stomp on the ankle of Ferguson, a Chicago defensive tackle. Raiola said he apologized to Ferguson after the game and that the stomp was unintentional. He also spoke with one of his friends on the Bears, Roberto Garza, to reiterate he did not do it intentionally.

The reason it mattered: In the scheme of Detroit’s game against Chicago, this play didn’t matter at all. Everything after did. Raiola said after the game the play was unintentional. Lions coach Jim Caldwell backed Raiola both after the game and the next day, but the NFL reviewed the play and suspended Raiola for the regular-season finale against Green Bay, which was a de facto divisional title game. This left rookie Travis Swanson making his first start at center and might have sealed Raiola’s fate with the Lions. Swanson handled his debut at center well and the team has already decided not to bring back Raiola for 2015.

What Raiola said about the play: “It was totally unintentional. I remember I was stumbling out. I didn't see the end of it. I apologized at the end of the game, told him it was unintentional and we shook hands and that was it."
Golden Tate might have to settle for watching his former Seattle Seahawks teammates in the Super Bowl on Sunday, but he did help another team to a title this week.

Tate, now a receiver with the Detroit Lions, posted to his Instagram account on Tuesday that he helped coach a team to a flag football Super Bowl championship in Arizona. It appears Tate's only involvement with the team came this week.

Tate has been in Arizona participating in Pro Bowl festivities, which concluded Sunday, and was also part of the NFL Experience in Arizona on Tuesday.

So even though he isn't playing in the Super Bowl this year, Tate apparently is still getting in on the festivities. Last season, he wore a Google Glass on his head during media day to record the festivities for posterity while he was with the Seahawks.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll told reporters in Arizona on Tuesday he would have liked to have kept Tate with the Seahawks.

"I would have loved to have had him," Carroll said. "I thought he was a great player. I always loved Golden. One of my favorite guys. Then I hated that he had to go somewhere else.

"But, I congratulate him. He had a great season and it was fun watching him."

Tate led the Lions in yards and receptions this season and made the Pro Bowl.

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Throughout the course of last offseason and in the season, Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew made a plethora of moves to try and improve the Lions.

Some worked. Some didn’t. Here’s a quick primer on some good and bad free agent moves Mayhew made over the past 12 months.

Good moves

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Duane Burleson/AP PhotoGolden Tate (99 receptions, 1,331 yards) was one of 2014's best free-agent signings.
Receiver Golden Tate: The best free-agent signing of the offseason by Detroit – and possibly in the NFL. He led the team in receptions and yards and turned into more than a complement to top receiver Calvin Johnson. He had a Pro Bowl season and led the NFL in yards after catch. He’ll be a valuable asset for the Lions. He was also Detroit’s highest priority free agent and Mayhew landed him.

Defensive end George Johnson: He signed essentially as a camp body and ended up making the roster and having a season that likely saved his career. He provided Detroit with a strong third option at defensive end and a second skilled pass rusher on the outside.

Safety James Ihedigbo: A player who understood Teryl Austin’s new defensive scheme and someone who could provide a reliable complement to Glover Quin, Ihedigbo had a standout season for the Lions. He proved to be an upgrade over Louis Delmas, who was released before free agency last season, and gave Detroit one of the top safety tandems in the league to help with one of the top defenses in the league.

Linebacker Josh Bynes: A huge find for the Lions on Baltimore’s practice squad, Bynes turned into a rotational linebacker for Detroit by the middle of the season as well as a good special teams performer. He was a strong complement to Tahir Whitehead and could end up giving Detroit more depth in the future.

Safety Isa Abdul-Quddus: Tate and Ihedigbo had more impact, but Mayhew’s savviest move might have been claiming Abdul-Quddus off waivers during last season’s playoffs. He was a valuable special teams asset to Detroit and showed he could be a future third safety. It was a sly, under-the-radar move that helps make teams into contenders.

Fullback Jed Collins: He had familiarity with what Joe Lombardi wanted to run in Detroit and did an adequate job blocking and as a short yardage rusher.

Defensive end Darryl Tapp: He was initially cut by the Lions after the preseason but quickly re-signed and became a valuable member of Detroit’s defensive line. He was a guy who could fill in at tackle if need be as well as a rotational backup to Jason Jones.

Cornerback Rashean Mathis: The Lions picked him up before the 2013 season and then chose to re-sign him prior to 2014 to a one-year deal. It was a smart move considering he once again provided stability and consistent play to Detroit’s secondary. He’s a high-character guy who is also a leader and a positive influence. It wouldn’t be shocking to see him back again in 2015.

Quarterback Dan Orlovsky: He didn’t play a snap but provided a smart, veteran option for Matthew Stafford to bounce ideas off and to help in preparation.

Kicker Matt Prater: He surprisingly came available after being cut by Denver and he turned into a consistent kicking option for a team desperately in need of one. It was the luckiest signing of the year by Mayhew. Prater made 20 of 26 field goals after being picked up.

Bad moves:

Kicker Alex Henery: The Lions signed Henery after cutting Nate Freese. That didn’t go well. He missed three field goals against Buffalo and lasted two weeks before being released in favor of Prater.

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew: Considering the way Detroit used its tight ends this season, bringing back Pettigrew in free agency with $8 million guaranteed seems a bit steep. He continued to be Detroit’s best blocking tight end, but he wasn’t used much in the passing game. For how the Lions used him, they could have gone in a cheaper direction, but that is more on the coaches than Mayhew or Pettigrew. To be fair, this was before the team drafted Eric Ebron, though.

Receiver Kevin Ogletree: The Lions re-signed him on the first day of free agency to a one year deal with $100,000 guaranteed. That isn’t much money for a receiver who played a lot for Detroit in 2013, but he didn’t play a down for the Lions in 2014 before being released.

Center Dominic Raiola: The Lions didn’t quite get a good return on Raiola this season after bringing him back, even if at the time re-signing him seemed like a smart move. He regressed in 2014 from what had been one of his best seasons in 2013. He was also suspended for a game, although there was some benefit since the Lions had him mentor Travis Swanson. He won’t be back in 2015.
The Detroit Lions finished up one of the most successful seasons -- record-wise -- in franchise history. Now, the offseason begins with the combine, free agency and the NFL draft.

To start that process moving, we looked at the position groups over the past two weeks. Now, we’ll spend the last day of the review taking a look at the coaching this season.

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AP Photo/Carlos OsorioJim Caldwell's calm demeanor was a hit with the Detroit Lions' veteran players.
The good: Jim Caldwell had a good first season with the Detroit Lions, taking the team to the playoffs and tying the second-best record in franchise history. His demeanor seemed to contribute to comeback wins against New Orleans, Atlanta, and Miami. His approach -- calm after the fiery ways of Jim Schwartz -- was an appreciated asset by many of the veterans in the locker room. His hiring of defensive coordinator Teryl Austin was an extremely good one. Austin’s ability to adapt his defense despite injuries to linebacker Stephen Tulloch, defensive tackle Nick Fairley, and multiple defensive backs showed his versatility and intelligence. He took a defense that had a good front seven and questionable secondary, and helped turn the group into one of the best units in the NFL along with Buffalo and Seattle.

A lot of that had to do with Detroit’s defensive line, and Jim Washburn and Kris Kocurek did a masterful job there, especially with the development of Ezekiel Ansah. Linebackers coach Bill Sheridan developed Tahir Whitehead well, especially when he had to move into the middle to replace Tulloch. The secondary coaches -- Alan Williams and Tony Oden -- did a good job working with second-year cornerback Darius Slay and also developing safety Isa Abdul-Quddus into a potential third safety option. There were certain plays offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi drew up that were pretty strong, especially screens and quick passes to Golden Tate in space.

Special teams coach John Bonamego's aggressiveness in calling two fake punts against Miami was gutsy, and some of Caldwell’s best decisions.

The bad: The offense stagnated too much under Lombardi, and too often seemed devoid of rhythm. Some of Lombardi’s playcalling was predictable, particularly on first downs. Some of the run vs. pass when certain personnel groupings were on the field was also somewhat easy to decipher. The biggest personnel-grouping issues were packages taking both Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate off the field for the same play, almost guaranteeing a run or screen pass. The Lions had 93 snaps without Johnson or Tate on the field and gained 319 yards. Here’s the tell, though: In those snaps, Detroit ran the ball 80 times, passed it 12 times, and gave up one sack. The Lions got 27 first downs on those snaps and scored seven touchdowns according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Some of Caldwell’s decisions were interesting, too. His challenge against Green Bay -- when he insisted a reporter learn the rulebook when asked why he challenged a fumble when a Packers player was already rolling on the ground -- made little sense. Pro Football Reference has Caldwell winning two of four challenges in 2014.

Caldwell took the blame on a delay of game penalty at the end of the Atlanta game that could have cost Detroit a win -- but ended up giving the Lions a victory after Matt Prater's second field goal attempt went through the uprights. His decision to punt after the pass interference reversal in Dallas was questionable as well, considering the Lions threw the ball on third-and-short. Caldwell insisted the Lions didn’t have the personnel to run a fast-tempo hurry-up offense a lot, however the offense appeared to be more effective throughout the season in two-minute situations.

The offensive line play -- due to injury and scheme -- was questionable throughout the season, although Jeremiah Washburn might receive a pass here because of the continual rotation of players there.

Bonamego’s coverage teams were not as good as last season, and both Caldwell and Bonamego’s decision to keep Nate Freese as their kicker in the preseason backfired through the first three weeks of the season until his release.

What needs to change: Detroit was able to hold on to Austin as its defensive coordinator after he interviewed for head coaching jobs, so the defensive staff should remain intact. Despite the offense’s struggles, the Lions are making the right call keeping Lombardi for multiple reasons. He will be able to grow into the role in the second year of the offense, and it would be bad for quarterback Matthew Stafford to have to learn three offenses in three seasons.

The Lions will have one staff hole to fill with assistant offensive line coach Bobby Johnson heading to Oakland, but keeping this staff intact makes sense considering the team made the playoffs in 2014. Most of what needs to change would be in play-calling and decisions -- something that can’t be remedied until offseason workouts begin anyway.
Earlier this week, Pro Football Focus deemed the Detroit Lions five players away from being able to win a Super Bowl.

Colleague Matt Williamson chose to look at teams from another metric -- their players age 25 or under. There, the Lions didn't fare as well. Williamson ranked Detroit No. 20 in terms of players 25 or under, ahead of just Dallas among playoff teams in 2014.

The five players Williamson highlights are defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, right guard Larry Warford, cornerback Darius Slay, tight end Eric Ebron and running back Theo Riddick. All of those players are expected to be key pieces for the Lions for at least the next two seasons.

He is particularly high on Ansah, about whom he writes "a year from now, Ansah could be the best pass-rusher in all of football."

To read Williamson's entire rankings and what he thinks about some other younger players for the Lions, check out the entire article Insider.

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AP Photo/Rick OsentoskiLions president Tom Lewand opened up about his struggles with alcohol addiction during a testimonial at the Kensington Church in Orion, Michigan.

Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand called sitting in a northern Michigan jail cell four years ago "one of the best and worst" nights of his life. Lewand spoke candidly about his struggles with alcohol addiction and what led him to that jail cell and arrest for drunk driving during a testimonial at the Kensington Church in Orion, Michigan, recently. And he said that night changed his life.

Lewand was arrested on June 25, 2010 after a golf outing in northern Michigan and was eventually charged with DUI after being cited with a .21 blood alcohol level. He was taken to jail, and that experience, he told people over the weekend, is when his life changed.

"I laid down on that hard, cold floor in that cell and had what was simultaneously one of the worst and one of the best nights of my life," Lewand said. "One of the worst because I didn't know when I left that cell if I would have a job, if I would have a wife, what my relationship would be with my family or what my future was going to be.

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