So lying in bed the other night, eyes half-open watching NFL Network, I happened to catch part of Deion Sanders "Top 10 Players of the Week," or something of that nature. To my surprise, my eyes suddenly peeled back to the wide-open status when I saw who made the countdown. That would be none other than former Bronco, Alphonso Smith.
I knew Smith was doing well over in the Motor-City, but I had no idea he was doing THIS well...
Since joining the Lions, Smith has had an interception in each of his past three games. Last week he got the start and recovered a fumble inside the Lion's five, while also taking his interception back 42 yds for the TD.
Ok... wait, what?
Three interceptions in three games (one of which was taken back for a TD)? 16 tackles already (only 14 all of last year)? Can somebody please help me out here?
When I saw this late last night, I figured I'd come here and someone would have posted a fanpost on it, but nobody has yet, so I figured I would give it a try. Maybe there's more to the story than I know, so I'm not going to jump to conclusions yet, but as of right now this is what I can see:
McDaniels sent 2nd round pick Alphonso Smith, in only his second season, to the Detroit Lions for 7th round pick, TE Dan Gronkowski and an undisclosed 2011 draft pick. Currently Smith is looking like a Pro-Bowler, while Gronkowski has three receptions for 13 yds on the season! It appears as though McDaniels has made a crucial, and quite honestly inexcusable mistake. By all accounts it seems he has handed over what appears to be a bright, young star for nothing. Again, this is just my take on things, from what I can see, so if somebody has any inside info on this, please post below.
Thanks for reading, and hopefully there's a good reason for why this trade was made.