Lions Reggie Ragland: All that separates the NFL is from the neck up

Detroit Lions linebacker Reggie Ragland

Reggie Ragland knows a little about winning. The Detroit Lions linebacker is coming off the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl win in February. In 2012 he won the national championship playing for Alabama.

The difference between winning and losing?

“All that separates this league is from the neck up, it ain’t nothing else,’’ Ragland said on a Zoom call on Monday.

The Lions (0-2) are coming off a 42-21 loss at Green Bay and no one, including Ragland, is happy.

“I’m not used to it, I’m not going to lie,’’ Ragland said. “We’ve got the pieces. It’s a long season, we’ve got to go out there and just play. It ain’t about how you start it’s about how you finish. We’ve got the pieces to finish strong and have a good team. We have to believe that as a whole, we can’t unravel.’’

While fans and pundits seek answers for the 11-game losing streak and setting an NFL record with four straight losses after leading by double digits, Ragland seems to think the solution is relatively simple.

“Nothing is missing. We’ve just to go out there and play (expletive) ball, we’ve got to stay together, we can’t unravel when things are not going our way,’’ Ragland said. “We’ve got all the dag-gone pieces, we’ve just got to go play. Excuse my language, we’ve got the pieces. People that say otherwise they aren’t in here, we’ve got the pieces we just have to go show it.’’

Detroit plays at the Arizona Cardinals (2-0) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday.


Author: Paula Pasche

Paula Pasche, a veteran sports writer, covers the Detroit Lions for her Lions Lowdown blog. She has written two books, "Game of My Life Detroit Lions" and "100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" which are available at bookstores and on She won first place for column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists in Detroit (Class B) in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was The Oakland Press 2010 Staffer of the Year.

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