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My thoughts on Schwartz: He could be a good coach, if he sticks to his philosophy(running the ball on offense, stopping the run on defense). That philosophy works for teams like the Titans, Steelers, Ravens, Eagles, Vikings, etc. If he could work with Mayhew to get in his players, I think in 3-5 years, if he and Mayhew live up to their potential, we may be looking at one of the best Lions teams we've ever seen.

4 possible moves for this offseason, and the resulting drafts:
Lions rehire Orlovsky, don't sign free agent OT Jordan Gross:
1,1:OT Andre Smith, 'Bama
1,20:CB Vontae Davis, Illinois
2,1:OG Herman Johnson, LSU
3,1:LB Dannell Ellerbe, Georgia
3,20:WR Brandon Tate, North Carolina(Kick Returner)
4,1:TE Shawn Nelson, So. Miss.
5,1:OG Cedric Dockery, Texas
6,1:QB Curtis Painter, Purdue
6,20:S Lendy Holmes, Oklahoma

Lions sign OT Jordan Gross, don't resign Orlovsky:
1,1:QB Matt Stafford, Georgia
1,20:CB Vontae Davis, Illinois
2,1:OG Herman Johnson, LSU
3,1:LB Dannell Ellerbe, Georgia
3,20:TE Jared Cook, South Carolina
4,1:WR Brandon Tate, North Carolina(Kick Returner)
5,1:OG Cedric Dockery, Texas
6,1:LB Zach Follet, California
6,20:S Lendy Holmes, Oklahoma

Lions sign both Orlovsky & Gross:
1,1:LB Rey Maulaluga, USC
1,20:CB Vontae Davis, Illinois
2,1:OG Herman Johnson, LSU
3,1:TE Cornelius Ingram, Florida
3,20:OG Trevor Canfield, Cincinatti
4,1:CB Londen Fryar, Western Michigan
5,1:LB Tyrone McKenzie, USF
6,1:WR Derek Kinder, Pittsburgh(Kick Return)
6,20:QB Chase Patton, Missouri

Lions don't sign either Gross or Orlovsky:
1,1: OT Andre Smith, 'Bama
1,20:QB Mark Sanchez, USC
2,1:OG Herman Johnson, LSU
3,1:TE Cornelius Ingram, Florida
3,20:CB DeAngelo Smith, Cincinatti
4,1:LB Derek Nicholson, Florida State
5,1:WR Derek Kinder, Pittsburgh(KR)
6,1:LB Zach Follet, California
6,20:QB Chase Patton, Missouri

If the Lions sign DT Albert Haynesworth, or DE Julius Peppers, I don't think it will affect the draft too much. I just don't see them drafting a d-lineman.

Why the Lions should run the 3-4:

The Lions should run the 3-4 because their players fir it. In the 3-4, the OLB's need to be fast, because the 3-4 focuses on the OLB blitz. We have Ernie Sims, and Jordan Dizon, who are 2 very fast OLB's. Then, if they draft a great ILB like Maulaluga or Ellerbe, we'd have a good combo of Lenon and that ILB. Lenon is an underated LB. He lead the Lions in tackles this year, and had 100+ tackles 2 years in a row.

Why the Lions' defense could be good:

The defense is young, and if matched with the right system, they could do great. All they would need to do is draft a good ILB, a good corner, run the 3-4, and get a good d-coordinator.

Why the Lions' offense could be good:

The offense has good players at wideout, and running back. Dan Orlovsky could be good, if he wasn't running for his life on every play. If the Lions just draft OT Andre Smith and OG Herman Johnson, then the O-line would be greatly improved, especially in a year, when Smith and Johnson are in their second years in the NFL.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pride Of Detroit or its writers.

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