The koolaid is full of sugar and being poured in large quantities this offseason. At times it doesn’t feel like Brad and Dan can do any wrong with many of the posters here.
We’re coming off a 3 win season. We’re on hard knocks and Lions fans are excited. Which is awesome to see considering how poorly we played last year and how down the fan base was just a year and a half ago.
We have hope. Most of us like the current staff regardless of their record because many of us feel things are moving in the right direction.
Let’s take a moment. Talk about the hype. The concerns. Expectation and more. I want to know where the fan base really is on the current team and staff. What do you like? What don’t you like? Concerns? What are you most excited about? And predict our record for this year and next.
The Hype - I like what I am seeing on hard knocks. I like what players are saying. Dan C. Is a bit of a meathead but he’s a likable guy that you just want to root for. Unlike MP.
The players seem to like the staff. They seem to be buying into the program. That’s no easy task. If we can continue to build on that then I like our chances.
I love the fact that we have Hutch. I think he’s a franchise level player, a difference maker. Williams has huge upside. He’s a risk vs reward pick but the reward is high. So I’m excited about that.
The Lions offense has enough pieces that they can be special this year. They should be entertaining and should be able to keep us in games. I’m expecting to see a much better Goff this year. I personally think Goff is under rated around here and I’m hoping he solidifies that he is our QB of the future this year.
The Lions have some momentum from last season. They finished well down the stretch and there’s hope. I want to see them build on that momentum.
The Concerns - Well I think I have more than most do in the staff, players and direction of the team.
My biggest concern is the direction of the build. It’s obvious the Lions are taking a slow approach to building the team. They feel they have time and their not rushing things. This can be viewed as a positive. Many here feel it is but I think it’s a bigger concern.
Maybe it’s the competitor side in me. Maybe it’s because I played organized football. Maybe it’s because I own season tickets. But I hate losing…. I dislike taking a lackluster approach to a season. I hate having gaping holes in the roster. I hate drafting players knowing they won’t contribute for a season or more. I hate going to home games and getting blown out. I want to win as many games as I can now. I want to be as competitive as possible and then continue to build on it. Personally I think it’s easier to attract quality FA’s when your winning and competitive. I also think it’s easier to build a winner. Winning encourages more winning and losing encourages more losing. We’re clearly taking a slow, long approach to building a winner and I dislike it. I just hope we don’t lose momentum or lose the players because of our approach.
With that said my second biggest concern is our defense. It has gaping holes and depth concerns at all levels. We have several key players coming off injury. We have players under achieving. We have draft picks who are question marks. My hope is that the defense can progress enough to get to average. If we can, I think this team can win some games. We do have some pieces and some youth that are progressing so, I still have some hope here but I wish we had taken an approach to find a little more proven help. Especially on the DL.
What am I most excited about?
This is the most likable staff I’ve seen in my lifetime. I just want to see them win and succeed. I really believe they can. I can admit it’s not all roses and their are plenty of concerns but I can’t help but like these guys. So this excites me but losing frustrates me and this staff could lose that respect by putting up another losing season or by getting blown out in games again. Just win damn it!
My expectations - I want to see a staff and team that’s growing. My expectations are much lower than I want them to be. I want to believe this team can go the distance but I do not. I do not think we did enough in the offseason that this team can make a huge jump. So I am a bit disappointed. But I think we have enough on offense to be competitive.
2022 season prediction - (and expectations) - I expect to see a team that can win at least 8 games. Anything less will be disappointing. I think we have enough pieces to do that. So I predict a 9-8 season and a playoff pretender.
2023 season prediction - (and expectations) - I expect by now that this staff will have a contender on their hands. We should be competing for the division and winning some playoff games. If some of our youth develops and we have a strong offseason than I think we could see the makings of something special. So I predict 11-6. Win the division and a playoff game.
Now pour me a glass of that koolaid please!