Golden Tate: Opponents know what plays Detroit Lions are running (Shutdown Corner)

It’s hard to run plays when the opponent knows what you’re running before the snap. It appears that’s what happened with the Detroit Lions on Sunday night against the Denver Broncos — and perhaps in each of the first three games — according to Golden Tate. [ Yahoo Daily Fantasy Football: Enter our $1 Million Week 4 contest ] Tate hopped on 105.1 FM in Detroit and confirmed that opposing defenses seem to know what the Lions are going to run before they snap the ball. “All three weeks, a player has come up to me and said ‘we knew what you’re going to do,'” Tate said. “That’s bad.” Yes, it is, and it confirms what Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby, who set the tone in that game with an early interception and said that ” we pretty much knew what they were gonna do , and they did it,” according to the Detroit News. Tate said he didn’t hear directly from Roby in the game but that it’s not surprising to hear. “You know, I haven’t heard that yet from that player. I didn’t read anything about it,” Tate said. “But that’s not the first time this year that another player said that. I’ve had a couple occasions in literally each game where they’ve called out our play, for one, and then afterwards been like, ‘Hey, we knew what you guys were doing.’ “I don’t know how they know or what film they’re watching that we’re giving away. That’s something, we need to go back and watch our tendencies to figure out what, where we line up or how we line up or what formation, whatever it may be, we got to figure it out because we’re clearly giving [our plays] away. Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said he had no plans to remove play-calling duties from coordinator Joe Lombardi — “short answer: no,” Caldwell said this week — and said it was the offense’s lack of proper execution rather than play calling that was the team’s biggest issue offensively. The Lions have the lowest-ranked run game in the NFL, and the blocking up front has been shaky at best. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has been battered, and he has been a little inconsistent when he has had time to throw. Does Stafford need to take control of the offense with so many questions about the play-calling issues? “I think it’s a little bit of both, man,” Tate said. “At some point, as a quarterback, this is your offense, this is really your team and you kind of got to take it over. In the game, in the heat of the battle, you’re the guy that has to make the key call or make the key throw or make the game-winning play.” You know, as long as the opponents don’t know what plays the Lions are running every game. – – – – – – – Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm

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