2019-20 Detroit Lions Football Preview

Courtesy of a busy work schedule this bad boy is coming out later than ever before…but I had to throw up something.

Last year I drank a lot of the Matt Patricia Kool-Aid and did not think the growing pains would be as brutal as they were. I thought 10-6 was possible and 9-7 was likely but man, oh man was it bad. The defense was bad, the offense was bad and it was just a complete debacle. This year, after watching the preseason and looking at the roster, I am not drinking the Kool-Aid. Could they make the playoffs? Perhaps…especially after what I saw out of the Bears and Packers offenses this week. Only issue is, the Lions want to be a run a similar offense to what the Packers just did.

OFFENSE

Same as always…extremely simple situation at quarterback. If Matthew Stafford stays healthy then the quarterback situation is pretty damn solid but if he gets hurt then the season is over. They’ve been turning over every stone to try and find a quarterback to back him up. They brought Josh Johnson out of retirement, basically, traded for David Blough, had Tom Savage, added a couple guys to the practice squad. Just begging to find someone to be a capable backup. Josh Johnson and Blough are the two backups, but god help us all if Stafford gets hurt…even if Darrell Bevell is going to put the reigns on him and not use his arm.

Running back is going to be interesting this year. I would love for Kerryon Johnson to be the guy and get all of the snaps but C.J. Anderson played a ton on 3rd downs in the preseason and it sure seems like he’s going to be the 3rd down back. I love the addition of Ty Johnson for the Theo Riddick role and to return some kicks, he’s electric and overall, this unit is talented. It’s important to note too that they put in a claim on J.D. McKissic who played in Seattle with Bevell and they also put in a claim on Devine Ozigbo but did not get him. Obviously they liked their three backs but still wanted to add a fourth to provide some depth and some more range in talent.

Wide receiver has two supposed big dogs in it with Marvin Jones Jr and Kenny Golladay. I’m not as high on Golladay as a lot of people are but he can definitely make plays. After those two though, things get really thin. Amendola is old and has about 14 concussions, Travis Fulgham is intriguing and Chris Lacy is going to be a special teamer. It should not matter too much, because if I had to guess, they will not have more than 2 or 3 wide receivers on the field very often. Much to my chagrin.

Tight end is pretty obvious, Jesse James and TJ Hockenson will play a lot. I think Hockenson has a lot of talent but there is a ton of pressure on him. Tight end is one of, if not the toughest, position to adjust to in the NFL and unfortunately fans will not be patient with him. The Lions are going to run a lot of 12 personnel this year so expect both to get massive amounts of playing time. I think Hockenson will move around and line up in the slot a decent amount as well and try to create mismatches (you know, like they could/should have done with Eric Ebron once upon a time).

I would like to say that the offensive line is finally solidified after all these years and all of this money and draft picks spent, but alas, here we are. Frank Ragnow has looked excellent at center but of course, he got banged up in the preseason. Taylor Decker is still a bit of a wildcard and I think Rick Wagner has been underwhelming. Graham Glasgow has been solid and provided value and while Kenny Wiggins is listed at LG, I think Joe Dahl could end up getting some run there after his big contract extension. It’s a unit with a lot of resources invested in it and they have not gotten much in return.

2019 Lions Depth Chart

This unit could be good. But I really do not love the run-first style and I hope the line can actually get it together. It has talent but something seems to always go wrong. The line will be the entire crux of this offense and if they do not play well then they will not have a chance in hell to get anything done. Especially if they’re going to try and control the clock and play slowly and be methodical. You know, just like you watched Kansas City do to teams last year (screams internally).

DEFENSE

The defense needs to take some big time strides and figure things out. Unfortunately, the unit is already banged up and Jarrad Davis is probably going to be out for a few weeks. Da’Shawn Hand is already out for this weekend, which is unfortunate.

The Lions did the smart thing and let Ziggy Ansah walk and ended up adding Trey Flowers. Then they went ahead and hit the lottery when the Packers cut Mike Daniels and he wanted to sign in Detroit. Adding those two to a group that has Hand, Snacks Harrison, A’Shawn Robinson, and Romeo Okwara and you’ve got one helluva group. One of the biggest issues last year was the inability to get a pass rush consistently and it was not until they traded for Snacks that they could stop the run. This defensive line will be the crux of the defense (just like the OL with the offense), and it’s clear that Patricia wants to win in the trenches to win football games. If the defensive line can get consistent pressure, it will make things easier on linebackers and in the secondary.

The linebacking group took a big hit losing Davis for a bit and now Jalen Reeves-Maybin will be thrust into a starting role with Devon Kennard and Christian Jones. Then again, the Lions love Jahlani Tavai so he will could likely start. I still hate watching Tavai in coverage, but he can make some plays when he’s coming down hill. It’s going to be interesting to see how the unit does without Davis, but I was impressed with JRM this preseason. Hopefully it carries over into the regular season.

The secondary had a bit of an overhaul this offseason losing Nevin Lawson, Glover Quin and finally cutting ties with Teez Tabor. Teez was a failed draft pick and even though I’m surprised they decided to cut him now, I’m not surprised he did not pan out. He was not athletic enough and now he’s on a team that he’s not a system fit for…he was fighting an uphill battle as soon as Patricia was hired.

Darius Slay is back and he’ll be the lockdown guy and the Lions spent a pretty penny on Justin Coleman to have him play in the slot and possibly even opposite Slay. Rashaan Melvin will be the other corner opposite slay when they have 3 CBs in (and possibly all the time). They have Jamal Agnew to provide depth in the slot and Amani Oruwariye will take some time to develop. I would love for Oruwariye to develop quickly and start with Slay and Coleman, but I would not hold my breath. He’s got talent, but typically there is a reason for a guy to fall so far in the draft.

At safety, Quandre Diggs and Tracy Walker will be the starters with a plethora of backups. Tavon Wilson, Miles Killebrew, Will Harris and C.J. Moore will all contribute on special teams and I’ll be curious to see how much Harris plays. I was impressed with the development of Walker last year but the Lions taking Harris in the third round says a lot.

This defense has some pieces in place and looks quite different from last year. It should be a vastly superior group and be tremendously improved.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Prater, Martin, Muhlbach, Death, Taxes, etc.

I expect Ty Johnson to return kicks and Jamal Agnew to go back to returning punts.

SEASON PREDICTION

Regular Season
WK DATE OPPONENT TIME TV Prediction
1 Sun, Sep 8 4:25 PM
FOX
W
2 Sun, Sep 15 1:00 PM
CBS
W
3 Sun, Sep 22 1:00 PM
FOX
L
4 Sun, Sep 29 1:00 PM
FOX
L
5 BYE WEEK
6 Mon, Oct 14 8:15 PM
L
7 Sun, Oct 20 1:00 PM
FOX
L
8 Sun, Oct 27 1:00 PM
FOX
W
9 Sun, Nov 3 4:05 PM
FOX
W
10 Sun, Nov 10 1:00 PM
CBS
L
11 Sun, Nov 17 1:00 PM
FOX
L
12 Sun, Nov 24 1:00 PM
FOX
W
13 Thu, Nov 28 12:30 PM
FOX
W
14 Sun, Dec 8 1:00 PM
FOX
L
15 Sun, Dec 15 1:00 PM
FOX
W
16 Sun, Dec 22 TBD
CBS
L
17 Sun, Dec 29 1:00 PM
FOX
W

So as of right now I’ve got the Lions at 8-8. It could fluctuate a lot after seeing the Green Bay and Chicago offenses (as I said before), but who really knows what to expect with the Lions offense. I’m not a big run-first fan or Bevell fan, so right now I’m expecting a lot of what we saw on Thursday night from those two teams, especially the Packers. I hope to god that I’m wrong, but I’m not encouraged. Perhaps I just have a lot of PTSD from watching Michigan the past few years try to run-first and MAN BALL people and just absolutely sucking and having no two-minute drill and all of that wonderful nonsense.

The defense is going to have to be a lights out unit and they are going to have to keep opponents from moving the ball. One thing I thought they did well in the preseason was create turnovers. Last year they had sweet nothing for turnovers and it crushed them. The defense needs to keep getting turnovers like they were in the preseason and giving the offense a short field to make things easier. If the defense does work and the offensive line is good then this team has a chance to make a move. If the Lions do go 7-9 or 8-8 and miss the playoffs though, the seat will get EXTREMELY hot for Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn.

It will get especially hot starting tomorrow if they lose to a rookie quarterback week one again.

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2019-20 Michigan Football Preview

It’s about that time of year….fortunately or unfortunately depending on your outlook for this coming season. The 18-19 season finished with yet another thud…a pathetic performance against Ohio State and a disgraceful one against Florida. I do not love the comments coming out of Ann Arbor from Don Brown saying that they’re not going to adjust or go away from their perceived strengths because they do not want players to lose confidence in what they’re currently running.

To me that’s a pretty asinine way of thinking. If you’re getting absolutely pummeled, that’s going to make you lose confidence in yourself and your team more than a coach trying to adjust to an opponent gameplan. It’s surprising that this has been said publicly when Jim Harbaugh has shown he will do absolutely anything and adjust in any manner necessary to try and win.

This year he brought in Josh Gattis to run the offense. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you will have heard all about the “Speed In Space”…for me, it’s catchy, but until I see it have success, I’m not going to drink the Kool-Aid. I’m glad that the offense will have more tempo in it. In year’s past they struggled mightily to do anything quickly and a two-minute offense was really about a six-minute offense. Gattis is a first time playcaller so we’ll have to see how comfortable he is. I’s one thing to design an offense and gameplan…it’s another to call plays and dial up everything at the right time to have success.

OFFENSE

This is bar none the best quarterback room that Michigan has had under Jim Harbaugh and quite possibly the most talented in the history of the school. That’s not a hot take either, that’s a fact. Brandon Peters could not sniff the Top 3 of the depth chart and so he grad transferred (smartly waiting until the year ended so he could have 2 years of eligibility), and he is going to start at Illinois. Shea Patterson is going to start, but just like last year, I expect Dylan McCaffrey to get his touches. They say if you have 2 quarterbacks that you actually have 0 but this would have to be the exception to the rule. McCaffrey is going to have his package because he’s too much of a playmaker with the ball in his hands to keep him off the field. Shea will still be “the man” and everything that has been uttered in the media is that he was tailor-made for this offense. Shea did a great job adjusting to being under center last year and I think that going back to his natural style will help him, even though he had one of the most efficient seasons ever at Michigan. Joe Milton may get some game action after keeping his redshirt intact and it’s possible that Cade McNamara could play as well…both of them have talent but neither one is in the top 2 and should not see any serious minutes.

Alright, running back. What is there really to say about running back? It’s a complete train wreck of inexperience, but there is talent. Losing Chris Evans was subpar, even though he’s a tweener back, they desperately needed someone with experience. Right now Tru Wilson, Christian Turner and Zach Charbonnet should be the backs that contribute the most. A walk-on, a redshirt freshman and a true freshman. Hassan Haskins and Ben VanSumeren will likely get some run as well, but it will be up to the first three to get the job done. Wilson looks like a capable back and Turner showed some big time flashes on plays last year. Charbonnet is the true wildcard…he’s the mega-stud recruit and has the athletic frame and profile. Missing spring ball with an injury certainly hurt his development but hopefully he has had enough time over the summer and fall camp to get things squared away and stay healthy. For my money, if I had to guess, Charbonnet will end up being the starter most of the year.

Wide receiver is easily the strength of the offense, if everyone can stay healthy. Which as it turns out is a massive if. Donovan Peoples-Jones was banged up during the spring and Tarik Black should be back to normal by now. Who knows how healthy either one is, but both will be Top 3 round draft picks if they can stay healthy for a season. Nico Collins is a monster and Ronnie Bell turned out to be a total diamond in the rough. Losing Oliver Martin was suboptimal but the emergence of Mike Sainristil obviously helped facilitate that. It seems like Sainristil is one of the fastest players on the team and is going to be a guy they try to get the ball to quite often. Between these five guys, they should have plenty of playmakers to have “speed in space.”

Tight end is going to be interesting this year since it’s not going to be a pro style offense. I’m not sure how a guy like Sean McKeon is going to adapt but this offense should be a perfect fit for a guy like Nick Eubanks and Mustapha Muhammad. Erick All is a player that Harbaugh has mentioned by name and that is always a good sign when you’re a freshman. I expect McKeon to be the de facto starter as the season begins but I would expect a heavy dose of Nick Eubanks acting like Eric Ebron in the slot.

The offensive line took a marginal hit when Andrew Steuber got hurt. I’m not a big fan of his after the way he played last year in limited time, but with a torn ACL, we’re never going to know if he got better or not this spring and fall. Truly unfortunate but I have a firm believe that Jalen Mayfield is going to be good for this offensive line.

The starting OL should look just like this:

LT: Jon Runyan Jr LG: Ben Bredeson C: Cesar Ruiz RG: Michael Onwenu RT: Jalen Mayfield

It should be the best offensive line that Michigan has had since like the 2011-12 team that played in the Sugar Bowl. How they’re going to adjust to the new offense will be interesting, but they should all have a good enough athletic profile that they will be just fine. Keep an eye on Ryan Hayes as the backup swing tackle too…never ideal when your backup swing tackle is a true frosh.

DEFENSE

Ah yes, the defense. This defense has talent. Lots of young talent. Not a lot of experience. And the defensive tackle position gives me hives.

The defensive line will have returning experience at the defensive end spots with Aidan Hutchinson, Kwity Paye and Josh Uche depending on the alignment. Mike Danna is a grad transfer from Central Michigan and I would expect him to get a long hard look at starting. Luiji Vilain will add some depth as well and I would expect all five of these guys to get the majority of the playing time.

The defensive tackle spot is a little less clear. I mean, who the options are is pretty clear cut, but who is going to play the most is up in the air. I would assume Carlo Kemp has one of the starting spots locked down and then you have Michael Dwumfour, Ben Mason (yes, Ben Mason), Donovan Jeter, Chris Hinton and Mazi Smith. Hinton and Smith are true freshmen, Mason played fullback last year, Dwumfour was hurt a lot and the other two struggled to get regular playing time last year. Not exactly encouraging for stopping the run up the middle. Losing Aubrey Solomon as a transfer was an absolute killer, he would have been a huge piece to keep in the rotation. Hinton and Smith could be big-time players, but as freshmen, it is tough to know what to expect. Mason is going to have to be one of the most versatile/strong football players ever to pull off this switch and not get completely washed away against teams like Wisconsin.

Linebacker, like the defensive line, suffered some losses to the draft and there is going to be some inexperience in the mix now. Devin Bush may be one of the best linebackers in Michigan history and he is not coming back. I’m hoping that Josh Ross can be half as good as Bush this coming year. It would obviously be a downgrade, but not everyone can be Devin Bush. Khaleke Hudson returning is massive and the linebackers will be phenomenal athletes at the very least. Devin Gil will probably be the starter at weakside linebacker again while Cam McGrone, Jordan Anthony and Anthony Solomon should rotate in. Jordan Glasgow and Michael Barrett will be the backups at the VIPER spots, but I do not expect them to get much playing time so long as Khaleke is healthy and the game is in question. I’m very interested in McGrone/Jordan Anthony/Anthony Solomon and see where they contribute and how often. Ross and Gil are pretty solidified as the starters and it’ll be interesting to see if anyone can push them.

Cornerback was going to be good until David Long went to the draft and Ambry Thomas got Colitis. Now Lavert Hill will have Vince Gray starting opposite him and Jaylen Kelly-Powell will be in the slot. Once Ambry has his strength back I fully expect him to be able to contribute and play, but who knows when or if that will be. Having a redshirt freshman starting on the outside is a bit of a concern, so hopefully Thomas will be ready soon. Not to mention the fact that Kelly-Powell is better at safety, in my opinion, and now he’s going to be working in the slot.

Safety is going to be interesting with Josh Metellus and Brad Hawkins as the supposed starters with J’Marick Woods and Daxton Hill pushing them for playing time. Personally, I expect Hawkins to be replaced by Woods or Hill at some point during the season. But then again, with the issues at corner, it would not shock me to see Hill make a move to the slot once Thomas is back for Gray. We’ll have to see how everything shakes out. There’s a lot of talent between Woods and Hill and I cannot imagine they will be riding the pine pony for long.

FRESHMEN TO WATCH

Earlier in the week Harbaugh said that 6-7 freshmen will play on each side of the ball. I’m not sure how 12-13 freshmen will actually play with the current schedule to be honest. I can see 12-13 freshmen playing a bit and staying under the 4 games so that they can keep their redshirt, but I cannot see them all playing significantly and not redshirting. Unless of course he is going to have a fair amount of them contributing on special teams because of the lack of depth/experience currently on the roster, which would be a pretty big change for Harbaugh since it is usually starters/experienced players on special teams.

The big name freshmen to keep an eye on that I do not expect to redshirt are Zach Charbonnet, Mike Sainristil and Erick All on offense. I expect Charbonnet and Sainristil to get significant touches and I would keep an eye on Sainristil possibly being the kick returner. With how fast he is, it’s going to be tough to keep the ball out of his hands. And as I said before, I expect Charbonnet to be the starting running back when it is all said and done. Ryan Hayes will be the backup swing tackle, so I expect him to play when the game is over and hopefully not at all before then *knock on wood*.

On defense, Chris Hinton and Mazi Smith will absolutely be in the mix on the defensive line and in the rotation. And obviously Dax Hill is going to get some big time run at safety. The defensive line needs all the help it can get and an athlete like Dax Hill is damn near impossible to keep off the field.

Some other names that Harbaugh mentioned in the media were Giles Jackson, Cornelius Johnson, David Ojabo, DJ Turner and Caden Kolesar. Everyone except Ojabo was mentioned almost solely for their play on special teams so it must be his plan to use freshmen/non-starters on special teams for a change. So really, outside of those first six names I mentioned, and Ryan Hayes as the backup swing tackle, I’m not sure how much the rest will end up playing.

DEPTH CHART

This is something I just whipped up quickly, I’m sure someone with more knowledge than myself has a better one. I’ve got Uche listed at DE/SLB…I think he’ll stand up at the linebacker spot when they take a corner off of the field. Obviously, Ambry Thomas is listed as a backup at the moment but we will absolutely start opposite Hill once he is healthy.

SEASON PREDICTION

2019 Michigan Football Schedule

Date Opponent Time/TV Prediction
Saturday
Aug. 31
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 7:30pm ET BTN W
Saturday
Sep. 7
Army Black Knights 12:00pm ET FOX L
Saturday
Sep. 14
OFF
Saturday
Sep. 21
at 19 Wisconsin Badgers 12:00pm ETFOX W
Saturday
Sep. 28
Rutgers Scarlet Knights Time TBA ET TV TBA W
Saturday
Oct. 5
20 Iowa Hawkeyes (HC) 12:00pm ETTV TBA W
Saturday
Oct. 12
at Illinois Fighting Illini Time TBA ETABC/ESPN/2 TBA W
Saturday
Oct. 19
at 15 Penn State Nittany Lions Time TBA ETTV TBA W
Saturday
Oct. 26
9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Time TBA ETABC/ESPN/2 TBA W
Saturday
Nov. 2
at Maryland Terrapins 12:00pm ETTV TBA W
Saturday
Nov. 9
OFF
Saturday
Nov. 16
18 Michigan State Spartans Time TBA ETTV TBA W
Saturday
Nov. 23
at Indiana Hoosiers Time TBA ETTV TBA W
Saturday
Nov. 30
5 Ohio State Buckeyes 12:00pm ETFOX L

Alright, now we’re into the meat of the article. I’m sorry if you’re drinking the Kool-Aid about this being a Top 4 or 5 team, Big Ten Champs and a Playoff contender. I do not understand how this hype train got started but it certainly is not stopping now. Sure, everyone is excited that there is a new offensive coordinator and there’s an entirely new offense. But let’s not forget that the offense scored plenty of points against Ohio State to win…if the defense had done it’s job. Last year I said Michigan could win any game where the defense kept their opponent to 28 points or less. This year Michigan might have to score 35 points or more to win. The book is now out on how to shred the Michigan defense after Ohio State and Florida did it in back-to-back games. I’m still seeing crossing routes every night I go to sleep so I can only imagine how Don Brown feels. He was defiant this summer about his system and does not seem keen on switching in-game. If Michigan does not run more zone against these spread teams then they will get filled in again. There’s really no way around it.

Do I think this team could go 12-0 and make the playoff? Absolutely. This team 100% has the ability/talent to run the table and make the playoff. But their inexperience, lack of depth at key positions, and coaching has me concerned.

Now, do not get me wrong, I’m not saying any of the coaches are bad. What I’m saying is we have no clue how Josh Gattis will be as a play caller. And we have no idea what this offense will really look like. Sure they have been selling the “speed in space” catch phrase and yeah, it’ll be a Run-N-Shoot offense out of the Shotgun and Pistol. But we do not know how the offense will execute it against a defense that is not their own. And neither do they. They’ve never run it against an opponent before. There will be growing pains. Probably not against MTSU, but after that? There will be. As for Don, it just makes me mega-concerned that he seems completely against switching anything up in-game. You have to be able to make adjustments and I cannot believe Harbaugh would be okay with something like this when he is constantly changing coordinators/game plans.

Now you’re looking at that schedule and you’re like “oh my god how can he think they’re going to lose to Army??” Well, Army gave Oklahoma all they could handle. They will hold onto the ball and they will kill you with 1,000 cuts. You’ll say, “well Oklahoma’s defense is way worse than Michigan’s”. I mean, maybe last year. Michigan has major inexperience at defensive tackle, they have a new MIKE linebacker and their secondary is wildly inexperienced and worse than last year. Who is going to make tackles? And what happens when Army keeps running the option and handing it off to the fullback up the middle? Playing against the triple option is all about being disciplined and doing your job, and who knows how the inexperienced guys will react. Not to mention that the issues on defense matchup perfectly for Army to exploit. STOP SCHEDULING THE ACADEMIES AND OTHER SCHOOLS THAT RUN THE OPTION FOR NON-CONFERENCE GAMES.

I’m not overly impressed with the Big Ten this year either. Wisconsin has a strong running attack and Iowa has some talent, but neither team from the West scares me too much. Penn State at night could be a problem but I don’t think their team is very good. Notre Dame is a toss up game but I’ll give Michigan the edge at home (probably at night). Either way I see this as a 9-3 or 10-2 team. I do not see how it can be anything else at this point, there are just too many question marks at the moment. Maybe I’m being too negative after the OSU game and the bowl game….maybe everyone else is drinking too much Kool-Aid…either way, we get to find out Saturday. Go Blue.

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2019 NFL Draft Losers

I’m going to end up cheating a little bit with the NFL Draft Losers but since this is my blog, I think that’s going to be alright.

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Steve Keim

I liked what the Arizona Cardinals did in the NFL Draft. I think Kyler Murray is a stud and I think they did a good job of surrounding him with weapons. Byron Murphy is a great second round pick. So listing Steve Keim/the Arizona Cardinals here has nothing to do with the actual draft that they had this past week. It’s a good one and I think it made them a lot better. BUT, to only get a late 2nd round pick and a 2020 5th round pick for Josh Rosen is truly terrible. Continue reading

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2019 NFL Draft Winners

I really need to just come up with a blanket opening paragraph for the NFL Draft Winners and Losers article. It’s getting harder and harder to limit the winners list and to find teams to put on the losers list each year. Then you fast-forward 4 years and you look at the 2016 NFL Draft class and you see 14 1st round picks not having their 5th year options picked up and then it’s like oh yeah, that’s why picking winners and losers immediately after the draft is so difficult and such a crapshoot.

At any rate, here are the top 5 teams that I thought did a particularly good job at addressing needs and made their team better. We’ll get to see how well this ages.

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2019 Detroit Lions Draft Recap

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The Detroit Lions draft class was yet another polarizing one. Or perhaps it’s just the loudest members of the fan base are also the most negative ones. I’ll be the first to say that I do not think this was … Continue reading

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2019 Detroit Lions Draft Preview and 7-Round Mock Draft

After the complete and utter disappointment of the Michigan football season, I could not bring myself to write anything recapping the season or talking up spring ball. It just did not seem like there was much of a point/nothing could be added to what happened. The results spoke for themselves. Expectations were not too high until after the win streak started…and then everyone’s hopes/expectations got raised, mine included. At the last second, the clock struck midnight and Michigan turned out to be exactly who we thought they were.

Having had the proper amount of time to reflect on it, the Detroit Lions had a little bit of a similar arc/season. The only difference is that expectations were high at the start and then as the year progressed, they showed us their true colors and just how bad the roster actually was. Feel free to disagree, but having had the time to digest it and process the season, this team was actually not good and the fact they missed the playoffs should not have been a surprise. I had high hopes going into the year with the new coaching staff and figured a few tweaks would help the Lions take the next step, but the overhaul that is needed and the actual roster were much further behind than I initially anticipated.

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2018-19 Detroit Lions Season Preview

I have to say, I do not have a good feel for how the Lions are going to do this year. Matt Patricia has to overhaul the entire defense and there’s been a lot of turnover on the roster. I’m not a big Jim Bob Cooter fan, but he’s back and still calling plays. Hopefully Patricia will take the reins off a bit…it was understandably vanilla in the preseason, but they must be more aggressive and less predictable than last year. There is one thing that I’m 100% confident about and that is if Matthew Stafford gets hurt and misses significant time, the Lions will not win a game without him.

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