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Of course not, who said it was?
You caught me before my edit to say that you didn't say that, ha. I got on that pretty quick too, sorry. My biggest thing about the franchise though is they haven't been able to sustain much of anything and part of that's has been all of the failed gambles. Now the lesser gambles have also failed overall but they are still the lions after all.
To try to move on though, I'd agree this regime gets at least one more year. Last off season was tough with all the expiring contracts so this season hasn't been a huge shock to me. They need a solid draft. I may be inclined to give them two more years though. They need to show progress though. Need to find some long term solutions. While they have a few studs there are a lot of short term patches and not enough building blocks from the past drafts.
They will draft 7 WRs.
This year they've been snakebit....
Sorry but that is laughable. This last year only? Look at their drafts over the last 10 years. The draft record under Mayhew is better, but still not where it needs to be to build a winner. New England has an environment where gambling on players has a better chance to work anyway. They are one of the most amazing teams in sports. It seems like every year they have new pieces at the skill positions and yet they continue to be a machine. Which if anything tells me it starts with line play. Which to the Lions credit, they have improved considerably. They fix the defense, they should have a good team. I would draft linebackers and secondary primarily next year. The offense should be just fine.
I don't think so. I know they play in that now, but I think both are considered ILB in 3-4 and OLB in 4-3. Each are more of a cover LB than a rushing one like Jones.
The Lions problems this year are mainly of their own making but they certainly have had a lot of bad luck. First the schedule. They played 6 of their first 9 games on the road. That's brutal. Then the injuries to the defensive back field have killed them. Then Burleson breaks his leg. Then Young goes nuts. Not to mention some bad breaks and terrible calls on the field. Don't get me wrong, they still should have won 3-4 more games but this has been a year from hell in many ways.
Yeah they've had the opposite fortune from last year. Still, I would have liked to see what would have happened if they had focused more on defense in the off-season. I mean even I admit it is weird to think they're cursed, and others say you more or less make your breaks. Well, they definitely had some cursed bad luck this year. They also brought some of it on themselves by having no depth in the secondary. Their schedule was really damn hard this year.
Correct me if I am wrong, but MLB is like safety and RB in a way: It is the general consensus that spending a top draft pick on a player in one of those 3 positions is unwise. I think the top priority for the Lions has to be the secondary. They are just awful.
Te'o just seems to be the special type of linebacker that has the leadership, durability and skillset to define the personality of a defense and anchor it for a decade, kinda like an Urlacher, Ray Lewis, Seau type. Lions haven't had that since Spielman.
...he's a very good college player. He reminds me a lot of Brian Bosworth.
Bosworth was a roided out head case. I don't see a comparison there.
both were very good college players, but I'll give the ND player the edge when it comes to personal stories that make you want to root for him...the ND player doesn't come close to comparing to any of the elite middle linebackers.
The Lions should draft for need and value...
What makes you think he won't be an elite NFL linebacker? He seems to have all the physical skills and the heart and passion to excel at the position. Seems like a tremendous leader as well. Is there something I'm missing with his play that gives you doubts? Haven't really read any draft reports on him, but he seems like the real deal whenever I watch him play, which I admit has only been a few games this year because I hate ND.
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