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.
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…
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.
The Lions traveled today to take on the 1st place Chicago Bears. I must admit, as the season has gone on, I felt that the Lions dominance of the Bears was going to end but I thought that the Lions could at least put up a fight. They didn’t.
One good thing about this week was quarterback Matthew Stafford was sacked only 6 times! An improvement from last weeks 10 sacks. Aside from quarterback play, the defense wasn’t too much better. Let me clarify: the run defense was good, the rest was not. No pressure on QB Mitchell Trubisky, and there was blown coverages throughout the secondary.
However, the Bears averaged 2.5 yards per carry and only rushed for 54 yards total. They were able to hold running back Jordan Howard to just 21 yards rushing. Shout out to defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison for keeping Chicago’s run game at bay.
After months of speculation, it finally happened. Wide receiver Golden Tate was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 3rd round pick in next year’s draft.
Tate had been the subject of many rumors since the offseason. Not too long after the season started, we found out that there was talk of trading him for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski plus a first round pick. It didn’t happen so most probably forgot about it until the trade deadline got closer and closer. Then the rumor mill got going strong again. Then today, the news broke that he was going to Philadelphia.
There are a lot of football games every week, and when you only report regularly on one, it’s hard to keep up with all the comings and goings of each team. Other than raiding the Seahawks free agent closet by signing tight end Luke Willson and cornerback DeShawn Shead, I felt I had lost track of the Lions as a team.
I decided to sit down with OTFB’s Detroit Lions reporter, Sonja Greenfield, to get some insight about Seattle’s upcoming game in Detroit.
DO: The Lions are currently 3-3 on the season. Is this where you thought they’d be at this point?
SG: I have to answer this in two parts! So, in the off/preseason I had the Lions going 11-5, and around this time they would have been 4-2. But after the Jets came and curb stomped the Lions, I had to adjust my expectations! 3-3 is pretty much where I thought the Lions would be.
No, I don’t have a thing for the band Kansas, but it was too good to pass up.
Anytime the Lions have played on national television we’ve all been treated to the facts about how long it’s been since Detroit has had a 100-yard rusher.
Despite the Lions run game woes, most fans (and by most fans, I mean me!) didn’t think that drafting running back Saquon Barkley was going to be IT. This was a new era for Lions football, and I wanted it to get started on the right foot, not tied down to a rookie running back and having to give up the farm to get him. I felt that drafting defense in the first round in the 2018 draft was going to be the way to go.
Needless to say, I and other Lions fans were pretty surprised when Commissioner Roger Goodell called out Frank Ragnow, Center, University of Arkansas. As I was digesting that, I was thinking to myself, “I mean, yeah, you gotta build in the trenches. But I’d rather build on the other side. But oh well…In [GM Bob] Quinn I trust, right?”
2nd-year wide receiver Kenny Golladay has been receiving plenty of praise from the Detroit faithful the past few weeks. Despite the team’s rocky start, Golladay is emerging as a fan favorite.
Fans originally weren’t so happy with him when he was drafted. So far this season he has scored 3 touchdowns and caught 27 passes for 428 yards. He has also made some impressive catches so far this season. The catches he made last week against Green Bay were enough to make retired wide receiver and future Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson proud.
The Detroit Lions opened up divisional play with perennial NFC North favorites Green Bay Packers. The games against the Packers are always tough, and nothing is ever easy to come by.
When you’re going against quarterback Aaron Rodgers, anything can happen. Despite the fact that the Lions have won their last two games against the Packers, including a rare win at Lambeau Field, it’s still hard to have confidence. Especially after the way this season has started for the Lions.
According to a 2001 New York Times article in describing the role of a lioness in a pride, they are responsible for the hunting and gathering of food. They also have a true community where they are all the same, and there are no bosses. They essentially are equal.
The same can be said for another group of Lionesses. My fellow Lions fans who just so happen to be female. These are some very smart women, and thankfully we’ve formed such a great community.
Because they’re pretty cool people and smart fans, I figured I’d chat with them and get their thoughts on the State of The Pride. Here are their thoughts on the current state of the Lions going into week 5.