So after 8 months, a new head coach, free agency, the NFL draft, camps and the preseason, we are almost at Week One…..
1) Can Matthew Stafford be the quarterback Detroit needs him to be?
Now it’s pretty clear Stafford has got talent. He boasts one of the best 3-year periods in terms of passing yardage in NFL history. Unfortunately, his play hasn’t always been the best thing to add to the win column. What he must accomplish this season is a much better touchdown-to-interception ratio, and it starts in Week One.
2) Does the defense find an identity?
I always had a slight question mark over the decision to release Kyle Vanden Bosch over a year ago. The Lions took another step to release leadership this off-season with the release of Louis Delmas. Who will lead the defense this season? With the secondary mostly made up of no-names and Nick Fairley’s role being uncertain, it comes down to Ndamukong Suh and Stephen Tulloch to lead this defense and makes it something.
3) Have the ill discipline and penalties been removed now that a different Jim is in charge?
Following the Lions’ elimination from postseason contention in Week 16 of 2013, twitter timelines were swamped with ‘Fire Schwartz’ demands. Fans got their wish, and Jim Caldwell was appointed as the new Head Coach of the Detroit Lions. Now, after the team has been under the Caldwell regime for 8 months, we finally get to see what the new regime will play like in the regular season. That alone is enough to get a little bit excited about for this fan writer.
4) What does the new passing attack of the Detroit Lions look like?
So the Lions managed to snag the leading receiver of last season’s championship team. That still sounds like music to the ears. Yes, they may have predominantly been a rushing team and yes, he may have only been 31st in the league, but Golden Tate is a premier receiver who will line up on the flip side to the premier receiver, Calvin Johnson. The Lions also have three decent tight ends and two running backs who can catch out of the backfield. Surely, there should be some mismatches created this Monday Night?