Former Lions talk about this year’s team at Cherry Festival
TRAVERSE CITY – Former Lions stars Herman Moore, Lomas Brown and Rob Rubick signed autographs for fans at the Open Space in Traverse City. The former NFL players also talked about the Lions prospects this upcoming season during their visit to the National Cherry Festival.
"The Lions are getting better and better each and every year, but the fans are ready," former Pro Bowl Offensive Lineman Lomas Brown said. "I'm a fan now, I'm ready, so it's time, and we've got so much talent on the team so you can just kind of see the fans, they really want it, so we're really behind our team."
Detroit won 11 games last season and appeared in the playoffs thanks largely to their top ranked defense. However, that defense lost its biggest star during Free Agency this offseason.
"Losing guys like Ndamukong Suh, yea is that going to hurt this defense?" former Pro Bowl Wide Receiver Herman Moore said. "Yea, a little bit, but Teryl Austin, the Defensive Coordinator, I think did a tremendous job getting this team ready to play and I don't expect anything any different, so look for the Lions to have a great season."
Former Lions Tight End Rob Rubick seems to echo Brown's thoughts about the talent on the team. However that talent needs to stay on the field.
"They have the ability to be good at quarterback because they have (Matthew) Stafford," Rubick said. "Now they have to stay health. You can't lose a Calvin (Johnson), you can't lose Golden Tate, you can't lose Riley Rieff. You need to try to stay healthy."
Lions rookies report to Training Camp July 28. The rest of the team reports to Allen Park August 2nd. The Lions regular season begins Sunday September 13 with a trip to San Diego.