Calvin Johnson Closes In on Jerry Rice’s Single-Season Receiving Record

December 21, 2012 – 6:00 am by Steven Cuce

The Detroit Lions may be the biggest group of underachievers in the NFL. At 4-10 right now, the Lions have reverted back to the laughing stock of the NFL in some ways and Calvin Johnson isn’t happy about it. Last week, Arizona blew out Detroit 38-10. This was a Cardinals team that gave up 50 points two weeks ago!

Johnson needs only 182 yards in the team’s final two games to break Jerry Rice’s NFL record for single season receiving yards. That’s one positive for him, but from the sound of it, Megatron would much rather be going to the playoffs.

Calvin Johnson joined WXYT in Detroit with Stoney and Bill to discuss getting blown out by the Arizona Cardinals last week, his biggest frustration with this Lions team right now, being 181 yards from the record for receiving yards in a season, the comparisons between this season and the 0-16 season a few years ago, the improvements the Lions need to make in the offseason and the Lions needing to add another wide receiver opposite of him.

Could you ever imagine getting handled like that by the Arizona Cardinals, who gave up 50 points the week before?

“Coming off a bad loss like that, which they did the week before, you want to get everything going in the right direction. You want to get that nasty taste out of your mouth. We knew they were going to come with it this game and I guess we didn’t respond the way we should have.”

What’s your big frustration with the team right now?

“The lack to be able to come up with that one more big play. I’m not even talking about just offense. Even on offense, just coming up with that one more big play that will seal the game or to prolong the drive — things like that, those little things. …You never know what is going to happen on the next play because we are off the field. Little things like that.”

You are 181 yards from the record for receiving yards in a season. During a game are you paying attention for the amount of yards you need to break the record?

“I would honestly have to say maybe, when you become real close, when you are getting real close to it. I am going to go out … and you can’t be worried about that at the time and if it happens it happens.”

How does this year compare to the 0-16 season?

“The 0-16 season hurt. It’s hard to compare the two, but the fact that we had the expectations for ourselves — not with what else everyone put on — but the expectations the guys from the team had, we didn’t come close.”

Not to play general manager, but what do you think you guys need to do in order to get back to winning and making the playoffs?

“For the remainder of this season, for playmakers to step up, so you can be here next year or they are going to make some moves as far as that goes. It’s as simple as that.”

Is there one position the Lions need to improve on?

“If we solidify that ‘X’ position, somebody at the ‘X’ position, somebody that can go out there day-in and day-out and get the job done. I am going to be on the other side. Somebody that is going to receive favorable coverage for the majority. That’s going to be the opportunity for that person to easily solidify that position by beating his one-on-one matchup — someone who is physical like that.”

Listen to Calvin Johnson on WXYT in Detroit here

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