Mike Furrey under fire

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  1. jaxvid

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    As I expected Mike Furrey is under fire from the fans in Detroit. His crime? Success. Detroit football fans really hate white receivers. They love the black busts right to the end (even now they wish they had Charles Rodgers back) Here is some trash from one of the Lions messages boards. Check it out.

    Here is some lame stat trying to show the speedster Furrey is a slow footed white guy, typical "racial profiling" we know Furrey is a speedster but the Lions fans see white skin and think s l o w. so he is a "possesion receiver"

    Furrey is fine for a possession offense. But with just 3.2% of his career catches going for 20-plus yards (just 24 yards back in 2003), Furrey is one of the least explosive and least vertical WRs in the NFL. (Most WRs have 10-15% of their catches go for 20-plus yards -- even slot guys).

    Furrey is fine for the Proehl role in the Martz offense. But -- he's not a vertical outside threat. And he's not the quick escaping threat from the slot that Martz likes. He's really a #4 or #5 level WR ... but outside of Roy, it appears that's all we have on the team ... at least while MikeW remains lodged in the doghouse.


    One fan even came up with the reason white receivers are better at catching the football then black receivers, we thought it was natural skill but the REAL reason is......that they are so slow they can't do anything with the ball, so the black CB's just let them catch it instead of maybe playing some defense, remember that next time you see a white guy catch a pass.


    Furrey scares no one. Why does he catch the ball? Because the D could care less if he gets a catch here or there. He is no threat to do anything with it.



    Some love though for the departed David Kircus from a fan,

    I found it funny how everybody on this board ripped Kircus and made jokes about him after he left.
    I watch him for 4 years at GVSU (2 miles from my house).

    He will be playing in the NFL when BMW and CROG are selling drugs on the street corner...opps, they probably already are.

    In any event, David Kircus is one hell of a reciever even if he didn't play D1 football.

    He caught a slant over the middle yesterday on third and 7 for a first down...something our big names couldn't do....

    We only wish we had a reciever that could catch a slant for a first down on 3rd and long without dropping it.


    Note the poster of the above message got warned for his "racist" comments about the black players, even though CRodgers has already been busted on a street corner for drugs, he apologized profusely and then brought up John Smoker a MSU QB that admitted to using pot.
     
  2. backrow

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    those people disgust me... i bet that they are your typical white low-middle class unfullfilled idiots worshiping their black gods... [​IMG]

    newsflash Lions fans: he's the best you've got

    ps i hate Lions after what they did to Staley, Kircus, Harrington and many others...
     
  3. Jimmy Chitwood

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    first of all, let's debate their points from a factual standpoint...

    thus far in the season, through 2 games, their black savior roy williams has 9 catches for 107 yards. the mere "possession receiver" who "scares no one," Mike Furrey has 11 catches for 122. so, Mike, who according to them has infinitely less speed and talent, has accounted for more catches and more yards than the black uber-afaleet. hmmm... interesting...

    furthermore, said black superstar is averaging 11.9 yards per catch, which is evidently vastly superior to the almost disgustingly slow white receiver's 11.1 yards per catch average. hmmm... 8/10 of a yard is the difference between superstardom and gross insufficiency at the wide receiver position in the NFL... i was unaware of that.[​IMG]

    i would respectfully submit that these "fans" are full of bull doodoo and don't have the foggiest idea what the hell they are talking about.

    i will go further and suggest that the same could be said for the entire Detroit Lions coaching staff, who despite obvious performance to the contrary, still list Furrey as a back-up to the irreplaceable corey bradford and his incredibly vital 3 catches for 36 yards in 2 games. a sarcastic glof clap please... [​IMG]

    and lastly, why did the poster with an opposing viewpoint get warned for racist commentary when he offered a factual anecdote? i bet the feet-kissing apology that followed really got the monkey off his back... [​IMG] Edited by: Jimmy Chitwood
     
  4. Jimmy Chitwood

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    three different looks at Mike Furrey's performance from around the web... a sarcastic one, a somewhat positive one, and finally one that gives no credit at all (emphasis, if added, was added by me. [​IMG] )...

    I know what you're thinking, and here is who the hell Mike Furrey is: he is the Detroit Lions leading receiver, with 11 catches for 122 yards on the season, both team highs. In case you're wondering, Mike Furrey has more catches and yards than Roy Williams, Charles Rogers, and Mike Williams combined. Mike Furrey, ladies and gentlemen.

    Let's meet Mike Furrey. Mike enjoys going to Bob Evans before every game, and he relaxes with the art of woodworking. His wife shares a first name with Koren Robinson, and hopefully, not much else. Furrey was an undrafted free agent in 2000, has played for the Las Vegas Outlaws of the XFL and the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League. Furrey also says that it's a goal of his to work in the construction business after his football career.

    I guess Mike Furrey isn't planning on his NFL career being all that lucrative. Funny, I don't remember Charles Rogers or Mike Williams talking about getting into construction when their career's over. Not that that's a bad thing, it just seems a little unambitious on the part of Mr. Furrey.

    I think we're all better off for having gotten to know Mike Furrey.
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    Furrey grabbing attention
    His switching to WR benefits Lions
    September 16, 2006
    BY GEORGE SIPPLE

    Lions wide receiver Mike Furrey loves the journey, even though it has been an odd one.

    He played Division I and I-AA football and spent time in two professional leagues before getting an opportunity to play in the NFL.

    Once in the NFL, he switched from offense to defense just to keep playing. Now he has followed Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz, the guy who gave him his big break, to a new city and has been given the chance to play his old position.

    Furrey, 29, led all Lions wide receivers last week with five catches for 55 yards in a 9-6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

    "Whatever it takes," Furrey said. "I'm just on the journey right now, playing. Every time I go out there, just give it everything I have and leave it at that."

    After earning 10 varsity letters in three sports at Hilliard (Ohio) High, Furrey was able to walk on at Ohio State. By the time he tried to get scholarship money, the Buckeyes had brought in some blue-chip recruits. Furrey decided to transfer to I-AA Northern Iowa, the same school that produced Kurt Warner, and he ended up catching 242 passes for 3,544 yards and 27 touchdowns in three seasons.

    Furrey thought those stats would warrant a second-day selection in the NFL draft, but he went undrafted. Even though he was cut after a tryout with the Indianapolis Colts, the experience was a positive one.

    "If you tell me no, I'm going to keep going," Furrey said. "I stuck real close to (Colts wide receiver) Marvin Harrison when I was there, just watching him and learning from him."

    Before making the NFL, he had stints with the Las Vegas Outlaws of the now-defunct XFL in 2001 and in 2002-03 with the N.Y. Dragons of the Arena Football League.

    He finally got his shot, courtesy of Martz, as a backup receiver and special teams contributor for the Rams. Furrey played in 13 games in 2003 and eight games in 2004, mostly on special teams, before earning a starting job in 2005, as a safety.

    "Coach Martz wanted to dress me every game to play on special teams," Furrey said. "His idea was to play me at safety in the off-season so I could learn the position. If something were to happen, I could go over for a play or so, and then they wouldn't have to dress a fifth safety."

    But then Martz told him he might have a chance to start on defense. Furrey ended up leading the Rams with four interceptions last season and made 55 tackles.

    "I don't care what I'm doing as long as I'm playing and having fun," he said. "They said the word 'start' and I was like, 'I'll be over here tomorrow,' " he said. "It was a lot of fun. After the season, I was expecting to go somewhere and continue to play safety. But Mike got the job up here and I'd never pass at this offense."

    Fellow Lions wide receiver Shaun Bodiford said he often went to Furrey for questions during training camp.

    "He came from the same situation I came from, an undrafted free agent," said Bodiford, who played at Portland State. "He's like, 'It took me a couple years just to get in the league.' He's like, 'Keep working. You have a great opportunity. You can be a star in this league once you slow the game down.'

    "Every day I would ask him, 'What do I have to do on this play?' He helped me out a lot. Kept me mentally prepared."

    Although most Lions fans were probably surprised Furrey caught more balls than 2004 first-round pick Roy Williams in the season opener, Furrey said the result is typical of Martz's offense.

    "This offense, the ball goes anywhere," Furrey said. "I think that's what they're trying to learn now. No matter what, the ball can go anywhere, so you've gotta expect it at all times."
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    The biggest problem, though, is the one the Lions have tried so desperately to fix: the receiving corps. The Lions' depth at receiver is so thin that Mike Furrey, a converted safety who has more tackles than receptions in his career, leads the team with 122 receiving yards. Martz has never had to see how his offense looks with a dearth of talent at wide receiver, but that is exactly what he has in Detroit, no matter how many college stars the team has drafted.
     
  5. Matt_Bowen_Fan

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    Safety and wideout. Wasn't the whole world agog at how Troy Brown, IIRC, played both ways for the Pats a few seasons ago? Good for Furrey that he's doing well. But, a question: is it pronounced Fury or Furry? [​IMG]
     
  6. jaxvid

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    Yeah when a white player moves between offense and defense he is just a guy that isn't good enough to have a regular position, when a black does it he's an incredible talent. Charles Woodson won a Heismann because he played both ways.
     
  7. GreatLakeState

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    Furrey has been the Lions' best receiver, so it's too bad fans can't just be happy for him. However, Lions fans are straight up losers just by association and loyalty to such a p.o.s. franchise.

    I think Smoker did a little more than admit to smoking pot.
     
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    Corey Bradford was release [​IMG]
     

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