While there is an air of uncertainty with the Lions organization right now, I actually think as a whole, the Lions are in a very good spot. Sure, they don’t have a coach and the team underperformed for a large part of the season, but with general manager Bob Quinn picking his coach and going into his third year at the helm, the stability and direction of the Lions franchise seems better than ever.
So, let’s look at why I’m feeling confident about the next few years of Lions football.
Matthew is one of the top players in the league and we are lucky to have him. He had another great season this year, and he will continue to be a top tier player for years to come. If the Lions can keep adding pieces around him, they should be able to make the move from fringe team to contender.
When Bob Quinn came in a couple years ago, he said all the right things and started to lay out his plan. He’s been able to make some solid moves in free agency (Marvin Jones, TJ Lang, Rick Wagner) and has drafted well (Taylor Decker, Graham Glasgow, A’Shawn Robinson, Miles Killebrew, Jarrad Davis, Teez Tabor, Kenny Golladay, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Jamal Agnew).
He’s made some other good moves by extending Stafford, signing Darius Slay to a big deal and exercising Eric Ebron’s option.
With most of the reports pointing towards Matt Patricia taking over as soon as the Patriots win the Super Bowl, Quinn will have hired his man. Lions fans should be overjoyed. I mean, this is the way we wanted it all to work out right? Get a young, smart GM from the best team in the league and hire a young, smart coach from the best team in the league.
With the team kind of having plateaued under Caldwell, it will be good to have a new voice. Patricia seems to have the Patriot Way qualities of working extremely hard and holding the players to that same level.
It will be interesting to see what happens with the rest of the staff. Stafford wants Jim Bob Cooter to stay on, which would be fine, but it’s up to Patricia. Defensively, Patricia will have to bring someone on as coordinator after Teryl Austin left, and the Lions could switch to the 3-4 scheme.
Nonetheless, these are exciting times for Lions fans. I’m looking forward to the new era, a new free agent class and another draft for Bob Quinn.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.