Lions shake things up

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
The Detroit Lions aren't sitting pat after their embarrassing 34-21 loss Sunday at Atlanta. Several Detroit-area media outlets are reporting that cornerback Travis Fisher and safety Gerald Alexander have been benched for Sunday's game against Green Bay. Leigh Bodden and Daniel Bullocks will replace them, respectively.

The Lions also will use Brandon Middleton as their kickoff returner and insert Manny Ramirez (no relation) at right guard, replacing Stephen Peterman.

As Dave Birkett of the Oakland Press points out, Fisher and Alexander were two of the many Lions defenders who struggled Sunday. Falcons receiver Michael Jenkins beat Fisher for a 62-yard touchdown reception; both Fisher and Alexander missed chances to tackle running back Michael Turner on a 66-yard touchdown run.

There are two ways to go on this one. You can give the Lions coaching staff credit for reacting decisively and demanding accountability. Or you can question Detroit's convictions after pressing the panic button on two summer-long decisions after just one game. We lean toward the former route but will respect those who take the latter one.