Free Press sports activities writers Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez predict the Lions-Browns sport on Nov. 9, 2017.
Lions RB not significantly anxious about fumbles on consecutive drives Monday vs. Packers
Lions working again Ameer Abdullah celebrates after scoring a landing towards the Packers within the second quarter at Lambeau Field, Nov 6, 2017 in Green Bay.(Photo: Dan Powers, Wisconsin-USA TODAY)
The Detroit Lions misplaced confidence in Ameer Abdullah after his second fumble towards the Green Bay Packers, however offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter expects the crew’s beginning working again to return to type quickly.
“We don’t ever want to turn the ball over,” Cooter mentioned Thursday. “We don’t need to ever expose the ball to the protection. Didn’t have his finest day, however he’s a man that’s been actually anyone we’ve trusted round right here to deal with himself the correct means, to do issues the correct means, to guard the ball the correct means.
“I believe transferring ahead, we’ll achieve that confidence degree proper again to the place it’s all the time been. When you might have a sport that’s not fairly residing as much as what you want to it to as a participant, generally you bought to only throw that factor away, repair the issue, and transfer ahead. And I believe he’ll try this. Ameer’s the correct of man, he works actually arduous. I don’t foresee any change.”
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The fumbles had been the primary of the season for Abdullah, and so they weren’t expensive in a 30-17 win. But they might have been, and Abdullah was benched after he fumbled on consecutive drives late within the sport.
Abdullah’s first fumble got here when the Lions led, 17-Three, late within the third quarter. They began the drive with a brief subject and will have slammed the door closed, however Abdullah’s fumble on Green Bay’s 27 was recovered by Randall Cobb.
On the subsequent drive, early within the fourth quarter, the Lions had marched from their 36 and had first-and-goal on the Packers’ 1 when Abdullah fumbled. Right deal with Rick Wagner recovered and the Lions kicked a brief subject objective for a 20-Three lead.
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It wasn’t displaying total for Abdullah, who has been subtly hinting at wanting an expanded function on offense. He averaged 2.Three yards with one landing on 21 carries and caught one move for 9 yards.
As for Abdullah’s personal confidence degree, he mentioned it hadn’t modified due to one sport and he didn’t really feel the necessity to earn his coaches’ belief.
“It’s been in game all year,” he mentioned. “Nah, it happens. Got to be better in there, but it’s not an area of concern.”
Abdullah mentioned he wished to be higher together with his ball safety and extra productive on his runs. But total he was happy together with his efficiency, together with his reads and move safety, and wouldn’t change his strategy.
As for the fumbles on consecutive drives, Abdullah chalked these as much as an odd coincidence.
“Just a turn of events that happens sometimes,” he mentioned. “You would understand it more if you played the game. But from the outside perspective it seems like, ‘What’s happening?’ It’s like, nah, man, things just happen. It’s how you come back and continue to grow from it. It’s not the world’s ending. We’ve got eight games left.”
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