Why Lions Fans Shouldn’t Worry About This Preseason
By: Austin Davies; Twitter: @OnePrideAJD
Detroit is currently 0-2 in the preseason, and quite honestly haven’t looked great. In Week 1 of the preseason the Lions got blown out 31-3 and nothing seemed to convince fans that the team is better in any way, shape, or form. Fast forward one week and Detroit was in Houston to take on the Texans; losing 30-23 but showing a much better effort. Right now, I want to explain why you shouldn’t be worried about an 0-2 record in the preseason.
It’s The Preseason
(Photo: Morry Gash, Associated Press)
Seriously, if you don’t remember the 2008 Detroit Lions going undefeated in the preseason and doing
absolutely terrific worse than any other team in the history of the NFL in the regular season, then I suggest you look into that.
The preseason means nothing in terms of how this team will perform or who we will be when the regular season begins in September. We have yet to give the majority of our stars any playing time. Snacks, Hand, Daniels, Flowers, Stafford, Golladay, Jones, and Amendola have yet to see the field. If you expect this team to win games with all of those guys missing, I have bad news for you.
In terms of actual play on the field, the offensive and defensive calls look very plain. Patricia seems to be strictly evaluating talent at this point in time. You shouldn’t freak out about there not being an insane pass rush or huge plays happening on offense because of: A.) the players who have yet to play a snap that I previously mentioned & B.) the lack of sophisticated play calls on both sides of the ball.
Take A Deep Breath
When the Lions travel to Arizona you will see a completely different team in terms of personnel and on-field play. If I’m wrong and David Fales trots out as the starting QB for the first snap, then invalidate what I’m saying and be concerned. Seriously though, the team that takes the field in Arizona will be so much better than what you have seen so far, and you should not be worrying about what has occurred thus far.
Photo: David Guralnick, Detroit News)
Detroit has had an excellent offseason, in fact the best in my lifetime that I can recall. In FA, Bob Quinn and company managed to reel in Jesse James, TREY FLOWERS, Rashaan Melvin, C.J. Anderson, and Danny Amendola to name a few. Flowers obviously being the big splash, brings so much to this team. A DE who can effectively rush the passer, set the edge, draw double teams, and overall bring more pressure to opposing QB’s. He is going to make every single player on defense better just due to his presence. A lot of holes were filled on this roster. There are a few spots on this roster that need attention (RG, LB depth, Slot WR, Backup QB), but it is much less than recent years and I like where we are at.
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Besides bringing in the top DE this offseason, the Lions grabbed some promising guys in the Draft. T.J. Hockenson looks like the real deal more and more every day; Jahlani Tavai, who I was shocked that we took in round 2, looks to be a solid addition to our LB corps which we desperately needed. I can’t forget to mention Amani Oruwariye. The Detroit Lions straight up committed theft in the 5th round taking the CB out of Penn State. I had him going in the 2nd round at the latest, so taking him 3 rounds later was a very pleasant surprise.
Lastly, and most importantly, Detroit fired Jim Bob Cooter and hired Darrell Bevell as a replacement which I think will make the biggest difference come this season.
You should not be freaking out about a team who has vastly improved everywhere from OC, to actual on field talent, just because they are losing preseason games without their starters in. This team will be just fine and will shock the media outlets that predicted them to only win 3-6 games, right away.
Chill out, understand that the Lions aren’t putting forth their best players/effort to win these meaningless games and that the best is yet to come.