This Sunday millions of viewers will be tuning in to watch Super Bowl XLVIII as the Denver Broncos go up against the Seattle Seahawks in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Lions senior writer Tim Twentyman was in New York City this week to be a part of the media frenzy surrounding the big game.
There was plenty of Lions related news to report form the Big Apple, including the Broadway debut of Lions' running back
"We know Matthew well," Manning said. "Nobody has a better arm than Matthew, and he’s got experience, but the whole team has to come together.
"He’s really a good player and is going to be around a long time. He’s seen it all now. He’s going through a change. Sometimes change is good. I think everyone knows he’s going to be a great player in this league."
Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees also weight in on what Stafford can expect from offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, who was Brees' coach for the past four years.
"A guy that's going to coach him," Brees said. "A guy that's going to be very willing to include him with a lot of input.
"I think the mark of a good coordinator and play caller offensively is taking your personnel, taking what they do best, and putting them in the best positions to succeed according to their strengths.
"I know when I came in with Sean Payton, the first thing he did was say, ‘What do you like? What are you good at? Because whatever that is, if it's not in the offense now, we're going to put it in this offense.'"
Twentyman and columnist Mike O'Hara also posed the question of what will it take for the Lions to make it to the Super Bowl?
ADDITIONAL HEADLINES FROM THIS PAST WEEK:
- Bell also talked on-the-field matters by expressing his desire to stay in Detroit.
- "I do understand I’m a restricted free agent and I understand how the business works and I would like to just bypass all of this and sign a long-term deal," Bell said Wednesday night after his Broadway debut in Rock of Ages. "Just knock it out.
- "I don’t want to go anywhere. I know the fans don’t want me going anywhere. I know the team doesn’t want me going anywhere. The front office doesn’t want me to go anywhere, so let’s just make this happen."
- Twentyman and O'Hara look at what's stood out in Jim Caldwell's first three weeks as head coach, including his coaching hires.
- Caldwell added another piece to his assistant coaching staff with the hire of Robert Prince as the wide receivers coach.
Reggie Bushmade a strong case for running backs coach Curtis Modkins to be retained on Caldwell's staff.
- "I definitely wanted to go to bat for him because he’s a great coach," Bush said. "Unfortunately, throughout my career, I’ve had some pretty bad running backs coaches and he’s the first really good one I’ve had in the NFL.
- "We had to keep him and I did everything I could. I don’t know if it was the deciding factor but I’m just glad he’s still on our team."
Glover Quinsays the defense lacked on-the-field discipline at times last season and hopes Caldwell and the new defensive staff can address that quickly
- As one great kicker to another, former Lions kicker Jason Hanson should have a vested interest in the voting Saturday for the finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- Lions implement variable ticket pricing. New pricing model includes 70-percent decrease for preseason tickets.