It’s been a pretty eventful offseason for the NFC North teams. Free agency has brought some good players into the mix, as my fellow reporter Wanda Wiedman has mentioned. New coaches and coordinators have been hired, and the teams are looking to solidify themselves with a successful draft.
The 2018 season was presumed to be a lock with the Green Bay Packers on top of the NFC North and the Chicago Bears in last place, according to most sports affiliates. But no one expected the opposite. Granted the Packers fell into third place in the division, finishing with a 6-9-1 record. However, no one expected the Bears to win the division with a 12-4 record led by a wicked defense and the Coach of the Year in Matt Nagy.
The Bears are fighting to keep that division title but their rivals are nipping at their heels, or so it seems on paper. Running backs, corners, safeties, defensive players and wide receivers are the focus of each team. Here is what the NFC North teams have done so far in free agency to fix some holes:
If you have a child that is 9 years old or older, or if you’re just into the what the kids are listening to on the radio/iTunes/Spotify, etc. you more than likely have gotten a chance to hear Ariana Grande’s song 7 Rings.
In it, she talks about how she likes to buy stuff. While it can get a little repetitive (“I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it”), one of the lines makes me laugh. “Happiness is the same price as red bottoms.”
Well apparently, Bob Quinn either has a kid that is around my daughter’s ages or he’s just an Ariana Grande fan. Cause he wanted it, and he got it. Quinn got the free agency negotiation period started with a bang.
The first day of the NFL’s “Free Agent Frenzy” period is over and a few teams made quite a splash. And even though free agency hasn’t truly started, the legal tampering period has brought some great news to some teams.
This is the time of year where Armchair Experts try to predict what their teams will do and are filled with either excitement over signings or depression when their team isn’t as active as they think they should be.
While the drama surrounding the trade of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders took a lot of the focus over the weekend, Monday’s free agent activity brought us all back into the mix.
The Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions made the loudest noise in adding talent to struggling teams. Their fanbases seem to be really excited about the possibilities these new players bring, but they aren’t the only teams who were active yesterday.
The Detroit Lions will be picking 8th in this year’s draft. It will be the 2nd draft for head coach Matt Patricia and the 4th for general manager Bob Quinn. And while it’s “early” in the Patricia/Quinn era, they need to hit big.
Lions fans have been chomping at the bit for the team to be regular Super Bowl contenders, and always in the playoff mix. When it was announced that Quinn was to be the general manager, most were hopeful that the Patriot Way was coming to Detroit. Throw in Matt Patricia and some of us Lions fans were thinking we’re the Patriots West and on the road to winning multiple Super Bowls.
Then reality set in and the Lions had a “disappointing” season. They finished 6-10 and last in the NFC North. The team is at a sort of crossroads.
It’s me, Sonja. Congrats on an amazing 2018 season! I was hoping your team was going to make it to the Super Bowl. Can’t have enough 40+year-old quarterbacks there, right? I would have really liked to see Drew Brees cap off an MVP caliber year and ride off into the sunset with a Super Bowl victory. I’m sorry that it can’t happen because of officiating. And that is an awful position to be in. As a Detroit Lions fan, I, unfortunately, know all too well about poor officiating leading to bad outcomes.
With former offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter gone, the Lions have hired former Seahawks offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevel. Bevel was fired in Seattle after the 2017 season when the Seahawks went 9-7 and missed the playoffs.
During his tenure as offensive coordinator with the Seahawks, they won a Super Bowl but also lost a Super Bowl on a play that will be remembered for a long, long time…
According to them, the Lions can’t even tank correctly.
I don’t get this tanking crowd, they told us we needed a top 10 Pick just 4 weeks ago and now that we’ve dropped from 5th to 8th in the draft order they act like it’s end of the world, it’s still a top 10 Pick. What the heck #OnePride
Head coach Matt Patricia’s first year is almost up.
I’m disappointed. Not in the team at all, but in myself.
It’s what football does to you. You get your hopes all up and excited about a new season, and then boom. It all comes crashing down. One would think that as a Lions fan, that I wouldn’t fall for it. But this year got me.
This season came with the hope of finally being able to right the ship and making it to the playoffs. And to even up the ante on the hope, perhaps even get that elusive playoff win. All thanks to the hiring of former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia by a former Patriots front office person, GM Bob Quin.
That was something that my mom used to always tell me as a kid, and sometimes now even though I consider myself grown! But honestly, it took until I was grown to really understand what this meant. Now that I really get it, I think it’s a wonderful way to describe the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford has been the leader of this Detroit Lions team for 10 seasons. He has been a comeback player of the year, his name has been tossed around in both MVP conversations and trade conversations among fans. But one thing you can’t deny about John Matthew Stafford is his commitment to the Detroit community.