Lions’ Road to Success

Brendan Moore, Senior Writer

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Once again, the Lions are having a less than stellar season. Now that the season is nearing a close, fans can look forward to what’s next for their struggling team.

The first step back to success is at the NFL Draft in Las Vegas, here the Lions have the opportunity to add key pieces on their roster. However, Lions fans are skeptical of general manager Bob Quinn’s ability to select a great player. Quinn has selected many “busts” like linebacker Jarrad Davis and cornerback Teez Tabor. His best selection came in 2017 with wide receiver Kenny Golladay.

Many people are questioning the ability of Lions head coach Matt Patricia to lead the team back into the playoffs. General manager Bob Quinn fired previous coach Jim Caldwell after two playoff appearances in four seasons. Since Patricia took the role, Detroit has finished dead last in their division in back-to-back seasons.

The roster is also missing many pieces. For starters, quarterback Matthew Stafford has had injury issues this season. The Lions might need a new quarterback to learn from Stafford and take over the offense in future years. Another concern is in the secondary with star cornerback Darius Slay.

In his article with the Detroit Free Press, Lions beat writer Dave Birkett said, “Slay’s time with the Lions soon will be coming to an end.” With Slay possibly departing, the Lions will be less talented in the secondary, and will need other players to step up to fill the void.

Back in October, the Lions traded away safety Quandre Diggs who was one of the leaders of the team. Many players have questioned this move like cornerback Justin Coleman. Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia need to fill the “black holes” in the roster to get the team back in the playoffs.

The future doesn’t look great for the Lions, but they can take a step in the right direction starting in April at the draft. For now, all the fans can do is wait and hope that Detroit can get back to being a playoff contender.