All preliminary indications are good for the return of linebacker Boss Bailey to fulltime duty after…
Bailey Key to Defensive Success
ALLEN PARK - Attaining speed at the linebacking position has been one of Lions' president Matt Millen's goals since taking the helm of the franchise. Early on, he gambled that Georgia's Rodney "Boss" Bailey would recover from a serious knee injury and become the prototypical linebacker that every team is looking for - fast, smart, and a solid tackler with pass coverage ability. Bailey made Millen look like a genius in his rookie season taking over 1,000 snaps and recording over 80 tackles out of the strong side position. But in 2004, Bailey suffered a knee injury that was initially expected to keep him out just six weeks. He ended up missing six months, his entire sophomore season. "He had 1,098 snaps if I remember correctly," said Lions' head coach Steve Mariucci, referring to Bailey's rookie season, "(He had) more than anybody on the team. That is defense, that is goal line, got some...
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