The Lions have turned the page on their coaching staff, bringing in a whole new regime including a new offensive coordinator in Joe Lombardi.
With a new OC will come a lot of new looks for the Lions and all their weapons, including All-World wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
If you’re wondering how exactly Lombardi will use Megatron in his new scheme…well, get in line, because even Megatron doesn’t know at this point.
Johnson, who will see his first preseason action this weekend, talked about the uncertainty of the Lions’ new scheme via the Detroit Free-Press:
“I’m as curious as anybody else,” Johnson said Wednesday. “But one thing that’s not going to change is the way we go out there and work. We’re still going to go out there and bust our butts. No matter what Coach calls, however we fit into the plan, we just want to win at this point.”
Here’s my advice for Joe Lombardi: Calvin Johnson deep, followed by Calvin Johnson deep, followed by…hmmm…a little more Calvin Johnson deep?
And possibly sprinkle in the occasional short route to Calvin Johnson, just to spice things up.
One thing Megatron does expect is that he will be going in motion a lot:
“I think, for everybody, it just helps us see what the coverage is,” Johnson said. “That man follows me over, we’ve got a good idea it’ll be man most of the times. … Especially for the quarterback, he’ll know what look he’s getting, too, and where to go with the ball.”
Send a receiver in motion to find out if they’re in zone or man. I learned that playing Madden. I could be an NFL offensive coordinator.