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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Detroit Lions are looking to transition into a new era with first year General Manager Bob Quinn. In order to properly execute Quinn’s vision the team released Stephen Tulloch and James Ihedigbo. Both moves were made to clear up cap space and give the Lions a little more room to operate in free agency. They will have several voids they have to fill before they are a competitive football team. So making these cuts makes sense because they will need all the cap space they can get to make their team relevant again. There are issues with the offensive line, the defensive line, the secondary and now Calvin Johnson just retired leaving another hole at wide receiver. When you are that thin at that many positions you really have to shake things up. It’s better to try to land a whole bunch of new players and try to build a new core rather than stick it out and try to resurrect a team of the past. Clearly Martha Firestone-Ford understood this and that is why she has been making changes throughout the organization in hopes to better this team. Quinn will be up against some serious odds if he plans on making Detroit a Super Bowl contender. The Lions have never once been to the Super Bowl, however they did win four NFL Championships the latest being back in 1957. That was before the Super Bowl was originated and in order to have success in the modern era. The team will have to first and foremost dominate in the trenches. Which means win the battle at the line of scrimmage with the offensive line on offensive. Then win the line of scrimmage with their defensive line on defense. You most likely have to go defensive line first because defense wins championships. Plus the team has to fill the holes left by Suh, Fairley, and Mosley when they all left last offseason. At some point through free agency and the draft they also have to add a playmaker on the outside to replace Calvin Johnson. Maybe a free agent like Alshon Jeffrey or Travis Benjamin could be a guy that could come in and pair well with Golden Tate in this Lions offense. The Lions also have to find a solution to protect Matthew Stafford in 2016 as well. Stafford is a talented passer but was constantly overwhelmed by the defensive pass rush. Protecting Stafford would go a long way in propelling the Lions offensive efforts. Unfortunately The team has bottomed out again after making it to the playoffs in 2014. Lions fans believe there is only one way and that’s up. However they’ve been waiting for a long time to see a quality product put on the field. The fans were leaving in masses when the team struggled early on last season. The team can’t afford to get it wrong again.
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