Key factor on offense line
While quarterbacks Daunte Culpepper and Matthew Stafford are drawing a lot of attention, their success depends on the quality of the offensive line play.
The contract extension of center Dominic Raiola this week will give the Lions more continuity on the line in the coming years which is crucial. But what about this year?
A key factor will be offensive line coach George Yarno who was brought in from the Tampa Bay Bucs by coach Jim Schwartz.
Yarno, who played in the NFL for 10 years, gets rave reviews from Raiola.
The first thing I like is that he played the game and played for a long time. Hes come up the ranks through college, hes been under a great NFL coach in Tampa for a few years, Raiola said. ... Im excited. We connected right away.