that’s fine, the wife does all the time, sometimes for good reason. But I do think the Lions will rebound from 6-10 to 9-7 or better. Hard to say really, so many games are decided by only a few plays or calls by the refs. [Or non-calls.] And of course injuries, it’s a tough game and guys get hurt and if too many of them are key players then you’re kinda screwed.
BUT - I don’t see any position group right now being less than it was in 2018 when the season ended. That’s assuming Slay and Harrison show up, which I also think they will. With Snacks in there, our DL was one of the league’s better units, and adding Flowers and Bryant doesn’t hurt that. Adding Coleman and Melvin, who I think will have a good year cuz he’s playing for his next contract, and I see the secondary as improved, maybe a lot. Which leaves the LBs on defense, the only change there is the addition of Tavai, who may not offer a whole lot in his rookie year but does give you some depth there. I can see that D picking up where they left off as a damn good unit, maybe top 10.
On offensive side, it begins and ends with Stafford, he’s gotta have a better year than he did in 2018. Which I think he will cuz he’s got more and better weapons AND FINALLY a running game. Which did improve last year until they lost KeJo and Lang. I am convinced that CJA will be an upgrade over Blount, and I do believe that Riddick will rebound to have a better year, again cuz these guys have something on the line personally - the money in their next contract. Maybe Riddick is over the hill, like Quin was last year, and he ain’t going to get any better, or maybe he gets traded, we’ll see. Maybe ty Johnson steps up and wows everybody with that blazing speed.
Ragnow to Center and Glasgow over to Guard will improve the OL somewhat when it comes to run-blocking, I think. And so will using more 2TE sets and having Stafford under center more often. It’s about time the pressure on Stafford was reduced, both for his long term health and the team’s chances of winning more games. It sure helps to be in 3rd and 2 more often than 3rd and 12. Doesn’t hurt to have a better running game and a decent defense either.
The new TEs plus Amendola are going to have a positive effect on Stafford’s performance; hopefully the guy will have more plausible options than he did last year. So, all in all, I see a better team with a better chance to win more games than they lose. How many more? Who the hell knows, there are too many unknowns to make any kind of responsible prediction about that. I just believe this Lions team is a better one than last year’s version.