Several weeks ago, two unnamed NFL General Managers took to website ProFootballWeekly.com to voice their opinions about the Detroit Lions. The GMs said Lions coach Jim Schwartz and General Manager Martin Mayhew were both overrated. One anonymous GM also said Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh belonged on an All-Hype team.
After these comments were published, Lions center Dominic Raiola called out the general managers. This is what Raiola had to say:
- “If they had any (guts) they would say who they were, that’s kind of like a coward statement to me.”
Today, one of those coward GMs fought back at Raiola saying:
- “Who is this person? It’s the guy who rejects you every time he watches your tape and thinks you are a complete fraud. If he spent as much time working the other muscles in his body as he does his jaw, he might have had the chance to be an average backup. You can put that in print.”
Hub Arkush, the editor of ProFootballWeekly, issued an apology to the Lions and Raiola today. He said his site works 99% of the time and when it fails, he has to take the blame and offer up an apology. The apology email was sent to the Lions front office in an attempt to reach the team and the Lions center.
Raiola was taken in the second round of the 2001 NFL draft by the Lions. The former University of Nebraska star has played in 164 NFL games. Raiola was a Rimington Trophy winner and All-American at Nebraska. Raiola has been the center of the Lions offensive line since 2002.
The anonymous GM will likely hide behind the curtain, but here’s hoping it fires up the team to finish off the season on a strong note. It would be the ultimate revenge for Raiola and the Lions if they could beat the team that is responsible for the comments.