Former Lions head coach Darryl Rogers died at the age of 83.
Rogers went 18-40 as head coach of the Lions, ending in 1988 with a 2-9 season.
Before moving to the NFL, Rogers coached the Michigan State Spartans for four seasons and won share of a Big Ten title in 1978. In 20 total seasons coaching in college, Rogers posted a record of 129-84-7 and he is on the 2019 ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Darryl, Lions owner Martha Ford said in a statement, via profootballtalk.com. On behalf of me, my family and the entire Detroit Lions organization, I would like to extend our sincere sympathy to his wife, Marsha, and the Rogers family.
For what it’s worth, of course, the league types and the crowd that spread the lie about Kaepernick insulting the flag and disrespecting the troops (and worse) was only scowling, sniping and muttering about how players should not be allowed to get away with it. Nothing was written down; NFL policy didn’t prohibit it.
Those days are over. As of late May, at the owners meetings, the NFL did write it down and, even with its shady, conflicted versions of the vote, approved it overwhelmingly. That was when Bidwill said, I look forward to getting the focus back on football and getting back to football in 2018.
That’s his definition of getting the focus back on football.
So is going on the radio the next day and saying, People are saying ‘Stick to sports’? You know what? We ask our players 20 days a year game days to restrict their statements. The rest of the days, we want our players to get engaged in the community. Just like I am and other owners are. (There’s his definition of political actions on company time, too. But again, we’re way past the point of everybody playing by the same rules.)
File that remark, by the way, under O, for, Oh, yeah, that $90 million check they’re writing to the Players Coalition looks more like hush money every day.