As much as anyone, Mikel Leshoure’s future with the Lions is tied to the current regime and whether it returns for a sixth season in Detroit. If Jim Schwartz, Scott Linehan and Co. are back, chances are Leshoure won’t be. He has wasted away on the bench this year and doesn’t fit Linehan’s vision for a running back in his offense. If wholesale changes are made, Leshoure could find himself back in the Lions’ good graces again. “I just want to be somewhere they’re going to feed me the rock and I can go eat, man,” Leshoure said. “That’s it. They could be the worst team in the NFL.... Just give me the rock. I feel like I just need the ball. Even here, we don’t really run the ball here.” Leshoure led the Lions with 798 yards rushing last year but has been active for just three games this fall. He missed his entire rookie season with a torn Achilles tendon and fell down the depth chart this year after the Lions signed Reggie Bush as a free agent and with the emergence of Joique Bell. Asked Thursday what changes he thinks need to be made in the organization this off-season, Leshoure said, “Man, I ain’t even going (there).” “I’ll just keep it basic,” he said. “In general, I just think we need a little more leadership and we just got to eliminate the stupid (stuff). It’s like we lose games over, like, one and two things here and there that we’ve been doing here and there for the last three years. So I don’t know. “I wish I had an answer for you, but I know what needs to be eliminated and that’s the penalties, the stupid mistakes, the stuff that’s setting us back and we’re not being able to overcome it.
Whether with Lions or not, Mikel Leshoure just wants 'the rock'
Detroit Free Press | Dec 27