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CantStop85
06-27-2007, 02:31 PM
So say Mike Furrey and Jon Kitna:

Lions' Furrey having fun in the driver's seat
June 27, 2007

BY NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA

FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER

DUBLIN, Ohio -- Mike Furrey sat in the driver's seat of his black Ford Mustang, revving the 500-horsepower engine and smiling. He looked like he couldn't wait to peel out and take his new, souped-up toy on a joy ride.

And he sounded like he felt the same way about his football team.

Quarterback Jon Kitna has drawn a lot of attention lately for saying he thinks the Lions will win more than 10 games this season. But he isn't the only one with great expectations.

"Right now, on paper, we look like we should win 10 to 12 games, easily," Furrey said Tuesday.

Win 10 to 12 games? Easily? That sounds far-fetched. The Lions went 3-13 last season. They have gone 24-72 since Matt Millen became team president in 2001. They have won one playoff game in a half-century.

Furrey understands if you roll your eyes and say, "Here we go again." When he came home from an off-season workout and told his wife, Koren, the Lions were going to make the playoffs, she said, "Well, you said that last year."

But Furrey thinks the Lions are poised to leap forward in coach Rod Marinelli's second season. He thinks he, Kitna and fellow wide receivers Roy Williams and Calvin Johnson are jelling. And look how far Furrey has come in a year. Did you even know who he was last June?

If Furrey worried about far-fetched, he wouldn't be where he is now. He wouldn't be in the NFL. He wouldn't be the NFC's reigning receptions leader. He wouldn't have a new multiyear contract. He wouldn't have the means to put together a foundation and kick it off with a charity golf tournament Tuesday.

"We're seeing what we have, and we have guys in there now that believe in Marinelli," Furrey said. "They believe in what we can do. And if you ask every one of us, we expect to win 10 games."

By now Furrey's story is familiar. Walked on at Ohio State. Transferred to Northern Iowa. Didn't get drafted. Got cut by the Colts. Played in the XFL and Arena League. Spent three seasons with the Rams -- two as a wide receiver, one as a safety. Broke out with the Lions last season.

But that's just the outline.

In the spring of 2003, Furrey was leading the Arena League in major receiving categories. He was on pace to earn $30,000 to $40,000 in incentives -- a huge deal, because he and Koren had to pay for their upcoming wedding.

Then another Northern Iowa guy called. It was Kurt Warner. Rams coach Mike Martz was interested in giving Mike a shot that off-season. The Furreys were worried about quitting the Arena League. Give up those incentives? There was only a month to go in the season. They needed the money.

"Kurt's like, 'If you wait, you might not make the team because you have to learn the playbook. Our offense is so complicated, you need to get out here tomorrow,' " Koren said.

Mike quit the Arena League. Not only did he give up the incentives, he had to repay his $10,000 signing bonus. He went to St. Louis -- and scrimped.

Koren was living in Cincinnati and working for Ford Motor Co. as a zone manager in Indianapolis. She racked up hotel points. At first, they were able to use those points so Mike could stay at a Hampton Inn in St. Louis for free. Then the points ran out.

On weekends, Mike would drive to Cincinnati to stay at Koren's house. Sometimes, he would drive to Indianapolis to stay in Koren's hotel room. Other times, he slept in his Ford Expedition in the parking lot of the Rams' practice facility.

"He would be there early to take a shower," Koren said. "Nobody knew what he was doing. They just thought he came from the hotel."

After the wedding and honeymoon, Mike went to training camp -- and suffered a sprained ankle. Koren came to St. Louis for cut day with everything they owned packed into the Expedition.

"He's like, 'When I come back, we're either going to look for an apartment or we're going to drive back to Cincinnati. Either I'm in or I'm out,' " Koren said.

Mike's locker had been cleaned out, and his stuff was in a bag. He started crying. An equipment manager asked what was wrong, and Mike said, "What am I going to tell my wife?"

"The guy's like, 'Hey, I just moved your locker next to Torry's,' " Koren said. "Mike's like, 'What?' "

Mike was now next to star wide receivers Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. He had made it.

"What you did see is the hard work and the determination to be good," former St. Louis running back Marshall Faulk said. "Mike's a competitor. When the ball's in the air, he's going to compete for it, whether he's on offense or defense."

When the Rams asked Mike to move to safety, Koren said, "Why don't they just cut you now?" But after the Rams' fifth game, Mike was a starter. In the end, he was the team leader in interceptions.

The Rams released Mike afterward. Koren read it in the paper and woke Mike to inform him. Mike didn't know where he would end up. What city? What position?

After Martz became the Lions' offensive coordinator last year, he brought in Mike as a wide receiver. Mike emerged as a starter -- beating out top-10 picks Charles Rogers and Mike Williams, among others -- and caught 98 passes for 1,086 yards.

Furrey signed a three-year contract extension in February. It allowed him to buy the Mustang and start building a new house not far from where he grew up in the Columbus suburbs.

It also allowed the Furreys to fund the Mike Furrey Foundation and get to work.

Mike flipped open the yellow pages, called companies, introduced himself and asked if they wanted to sponsor his golf tournament.

"People were like, 'Who? What?' " Koren said. "You could hear them on their keyboards, Googling 'Mike Furrey.' "

"I didn't want to hire people to do something that I love to do," Mike said. "I wanted to be hands-on."

The tournament sold out a month and a half early -- 34 foursomes at $1,400 a pop -- and Tartan Fields Golf Club was first class Tuesday.

There were luxury cars parked on the lawn -- a Ferrari, an Aston Martin, a Maserati, a couple of Bentleys -- with Furrey's Mustang in front of the clubhouse. A bagpiper played. The celebs included Faulk, former Ohio State coach John Cooper and a few Lions. There was an auction featuring a number of autographed items from athletes like Warner, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Chauncey Billups and Nicklas Lidstrom. The money is going to Lutheran Social Services of central Ohio.

The Furreys, who already visit Children's Hospital of Michigan once a week, plan to do much more. Help a Detroit school. Help a Detroit adoption agency. Hold a celebrity bowling outing in Detroit around Halloween. Take a couple of Make-A-Wish families on vacation with them.

Sitting in his Mustang, talking about how far he had come, what the Lions could accomplish, what he could accomplish on and off the field, Mike felt like he was in the driver's seat, all right.

"It's the greatest," Mike said. "Who wouldn't want to be me right now, you know?"


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rbryan
06-27-2007, 02:49 PM
I can't stomach reading the whole thing, but what else are they gonna say?? We suck, I think we're gonna lose em all.

They don't have that much to lose by going out on a limb here. Anyone associated with that franchise doesn't have more than a year at most to keep thier job. Might as well think positive and get some excitement going up there.

fansince'76
06-27-2007, 02:55 PM
Anyone associated with that franchise doesn't have more than a year at most to keep thier job.

Except Millen, who should have been canned at LEAST 3 years ago now. However, that's the great thing about the NFL - if the stars align just right, everybody's got a shot going into the season.

tony hipchest
06-27-2007, 02:58 PM
mike furrey is a good guy. to bad he dont play for the bungles. that furrey-palmer connection would be a thing to see. :sofunny:

i dont think hell have too much trouble getting jerome bettis to help with his charity bowling tournament in detroit. its cool to see guys struggle and fight to make it, and when they do they waste no time giving back.

SteelCityMan786
06-27-2007, 03:02 PM
The Day they win 10-12 games is the Day Matt Millen gets fired.

TackleMeBen
06-27-2007, 03:22 PM
The Day they win 10-12 games is the Day Matt Millen gets fired.

you got that right!!!

rbryan
06-27-2007, 03:57 PM
You mean the year after he gets fired. Millen has got to be my least favorite Penn State alum.

onthebus36
06-27-2007, 04:29 PM
Are you sure he meant ten wins in the same season?

Maybe we are overreacting... :wink02:

PisnNapalm
06-27-2007, 05:20 PM
Lions Should Win 10-12 Games Easily

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lilyoder6
06-27-2007, 07:01 PM
well on paper they seem to win at least 4 games.. if they win 10 games this yr i might just have to do something spontanous

Newzfoxjr
06-27-2007, 07:07 PM
If they win 10 games I'll go streaking through my neighborhood. Pictures included. </familiar>

HometownGal
06-27-2007, 07:14 PM
The Lions may win at least 10-11 games at the local bowling alley but they aren't going to do it in this league with their present roster and that fish head of an owner.

SteelCityMan786
06-27-2007, 07:32 PM
The Lions may win at least 10-11 games at the local bowling alley but they aren't going to do it in this league with their present roster and that fish head of an owner.

And GM.

fansince'76
06-27-2007, 07:54 PM
Well, one advantage in the Lions' favor is the fact that they play in the NFC. By a show of hands, how many folks here (honestly, now) saw the Saints going 10-6 last season and getting to within one game of the SB after finishing 8-8 in '03 and '04 and 3-13 in '05? I sure as hell didn't.

SteelCityMan786
06-27-2007, 08:24 PM
Well, one advantage in the Lions' favor is the fact that they play in the NFC. By a show of hands, how many folks here (honestly, now) saw the Saints going 10-6 last season and getting to within one game of the SB after finishing 8-8 in '03 and '04 and 3-13 in '05? I sure as hell didn't.

I just don't think the Lions have that kind of work ethic.

ShutDown24
06-27-2007, 09:03 PM
Everyones right... It's BS, but as said before... They arn't going to say that they suck... They certainly have way more class than the BenGALS...

I might have an article out on this when my blog is released...

Edman
06-27-2007, 09:13 PM
Okay, 10-12 games is ridiculous enough, but EASILY?

Well, it's not like they're going to say they suck. They haven't reached the Bengals' level of ****iness...yet. Besides, they're in one of the weakest divisions in the league: The NFC North.

pittsburghp8baller
06-27-2007, 09:44 PM
shows how much most of yall know. their is only one question mark about the Lions is there defense. their offense got even better and it was already good. Kitna threw for more than 4000 yards and add Calvin Johnson and their got tatum bell to go with kevin jones. offense alone can win you 4 games in that conference and they got a pretty easy schedule.

with their record i see 9 or 10 wins a possibilty

tony hipchest
06-27-2007, 09:50 PM
just a reminder to everyone. last year the superbowl champs missed the playoffs and the sorry assed jets made it in.

sure detroit plays in the same division as the bears, but are you gonna to crown them already? "if youre gonna crown their ass, then crown them"!

i wont count them out, (look at what the saints did last year) because the nfc always seems up for grabs.

pittsburghp8baller
06-27-2007, 09:59 PM
just a reminder to everyone. last year the superbowl champs missed the playoffs and the sorry assed jets made it in.

sure detroit plays in the same division as the bears, but are you gonna to crown them already? "if youre gonna crown their ass, then crown them"!

i wont count them out, (look at what the saints did last year) because the nfc always seems up for grabs.

exactly

GBMelBlount
06-27-2007, 10:44 PM
shows how much most of yall know. their is only one question mark about the Lions is there defense. their offense got even better and it was already good. Kitna threw for more than 4000 yards and add Calvin Johnson and their got tatum bell to go with kevin jones. offense alone can win you 4 games in that conference and they got a pretty easy schedule.

with their record i see 9 or 10 wins a possibilty

Over how many years?:sofunny:
but........you never know.

MasterOfPuppets
06-27-2007, 10:49 PM
just a reminder to everyone. last year the superbowl champs missed the playoffs and the sorry assed jets made it in.

sure detroit plays in the same division as the bears, but are you gonna to crown them already? "if youre gonna crown their ass, then crown them"!

i wont count them out, (look at what the saints did last year) because the nfc always seems up for grabs.
the problem is....." THEY ARE WHO WE THINK THEY ARE!! "

GBMelBlount
06-27-2007, 11:36 PM
the problem is....." THEY ARE WHO WE THINK THEY ARE!! "

So if they know they suck,.....is 7-9 out of the question?

polamalu3000
06-28-2007, 10:38 AM
i dont think the lions will win any more than 6-7 games because kitna was sacked 63 times last year, now did they really need another reciever when they have a player like roy williams, i dont think so that was dumb on their part i thought they should have taken joe thomas to help protect kitna and then taken a reciever later in the draft. and they let go of their best defender on the team dre bly another dumb move.

SteelCityMan786
06-28-2007, 10:45 AM
So if they know they suck,.....is 7-9 out of the question?

YES! They can be 1-15.

vasteeler
06-28-2007, 12:31 PM
i put them in the same catagory aas the redskins it seams like every year we think they will be good but never are

stlrtruck
06-28-2007, 12:53 PM
The Steelers will win another Super Bowl before the Lions win 10 games!!!

pittsburghp8baller
06-28-2007, 01:58 PM
i put them in the same catagory aas the redskins it seams like every year we think they will be good but never are

i live in VA and ive never heard anyone say the redskins will be good

Newzfoxjr
06-28-2007, 02:39 PM
It's usually the Cardinals and Lions that get the most "they'll be good" hype. =\

ben2hines=6
06-28-2007, 03:11 PM
haha this whole thread is funny guys, theres some really good comments on this.........i cant blame the guy trying to get the fans roudy for this season but maybe kitna and ferrey forgot that in order to win a football game yes your offense has to put some points but but ur DEFENSE also has to be able to stop someone, now u just went off and traded ur best player in bly and ur defense with him last year was pathetic so not only am i saying that this is the worst prediction ever but it is also the ticket that will get matt millen kicked outta town, he didnt have to say anything, his quaterback and third wr already put in the last nail:sofunny:

TackleMeBen
06-28-2007, 03:27 PM
haha this whole thread is funny guys, theres some really good comments on this.........i cant blame the guy trying to get the fans roudy for this season but maybe kitna and ferrey forgot that in order to win a football game yes your offense has to put some points but but ur DEFENSE also has to be able to stop someone, now u just went off and traded ur best player in bly and ur defense with him last year was pathetic so not only am i saying that this is the worst prediction ever but it is also the ticket that will get matt millen kicked outta town, he didnt have to say anything, his quaterback and third wr already put in the last nail:sofunny:

millen has you know what so far up ford's you know what he aint going anywhere. they will fire the whole coaching staff before millen goes..

and we all know that the lions will always be last in the sports world in detroit.. you have the red wings, pistons, tigers, heck you can even throw in the shock(women's basketball team, who has one a championship) and then the lions...

i had a friend tell me that the lions were going to win more games this year than the steelers and i said yeah sure..lol.. so evidently there must be something in the water here.. thank god i buy my water :wink02:.

CantStop85
06-28-2007, 04:17 PM
If they had done anything in the offseason to improve their offensive line or their defense, I could see it happening, but if anything their defense and o-line got worse.

Elvis
06-28-2007, 04:47 PM
Everyone has a dream this time of year...
But I think also that the Lions will be improved over last year... but didnt they have like the 2nd over all draft pick this past season?..
:tt02:

fansince'76
06-28-2007, 08:20 PM
millen has you know what so far up ford's you know what he aint going anywhere. they will fire the whole coaching staff before millen goes..

True statement. Ford has already fired a very good coach in Mooch and kept Millen in place, when it was obvious that Millen should have been the one to have gotten canned.

MasterOfPuppets
06-28-2007, 08:33 PM
True statement. Ford has already fired a very good coach in Mooch and kept Millen in place, when it was obvious that Millen should have been the one to have gotten canned.:huh: ya think ?......:toofunny:

lilyoder6
06-29-2007, 11:38 AM
i think if they really wanted to win 10 games this yr they should of never of traded dre bly away, he was there best def player last yr... i think

Petesburgh66
07-01-2007, 11:05 PM
Yes, the Lions will win more than 10 games this year...the B.C. Lions of the CFL that is.