History was made when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series last week, ending 108 year drought. No longer can we call the Cubbies the loveable losers. After an epic game 7, they have earned the title “World Champions.” Congratulations Cub fans!
Witnessing this event, something that has now only happened once since I was born, gives me hope that another event may occur before my time ends on this earth: The Detroit Lions are crowned as Super Bowl champions.
All die-hard Lions fans (and I count myself proudly as one of them) know of all the epic failures we have had to endure…from Marty Mornhinweg taking the wind in 2002 against the Chicago Bears to the eight year travesty of Matt Millen running the Detroit Lions into the ground.
But let us not focus on the negative but instead, look toward the future and the hopes the Lions can get a Super Bowl victory that the City of Detroit so richly deserves.
With a bonafide GM in Bob Quinn, that I feel we can state is one of the best the Detroit Lions have ever had since the 1950’s, we can see events in motion that just might have the Lions pointing in that direction.
Now I know that this is Quinn’s first full year as GM. I believe the reason he didn’t make any changes to the coaching staff is because he wanted to see what he had and to perhaps keep any additional turmoil that could have occurred.
I feel strongly that Jim Caldwell isn’t going to be the coach that takes the Lions to the Super Bowl. I’m not sure that Matthew Stafford is going to be the quarterback either. It’s his eighth year in the league and he has some good things for the Lions. But if we are looking at a 3-5 year plan, will Stafford have enough to lead the Lions?
We have to give Bob Quinn the same leeway Chicago Cubs fans gave Theo Epstein and be patient. Changes are going to happen within the coaching ranks of the Lions and if not this year, next year Caldwell will be gone.
I don’t have a crystal ball to predict the future especially when we are talking about the Lions. What I can predict is that changes will come. We aren’t going to like a lot of them but us Lions fans have to understand that what we’ve been doing for the past 58 years hasn’t been working.
Yes, you’ve read that correctly: The Lions haven’t won a championship in 58 years, soon to be 59 as I don’t see them getting there this year either.
Lions are relatively young on the offensive side of the ball…decent running backs with Theo Riddick and Zack Zenner. And the defense is serviceable.
I think Quinn needs to keep Stafford for at least two more years and draft a QB and RB in 2017
If Luke Falk out of Washington State decides to enter the draft this year, I’d like to see the Lions snap him up and let him soak up watching Stafford and what he does. They could get him in the 3rd or 4th round. But if he does play his senior year, he’ll go higher in the draft, a low first round or high second round.
As for the running game, we could take Alvin Kamara from Tennessee. He is a lot like Jamal Charles in that he is a fast slasher and can run with power.
So we could sew up the future with these two guys and then Quinn can draft smartly to beef up both the O-Line and D-Line as well as shoring up the secondary over the next two years.
Lions are in a good position to make a big push to make the playoffs next year, go even deeper 2018 and perhaps in 2019, get to the big dance.
Hey, a guy can dream can’t he?