I have been a Detroit Lions fan for over 32 years(pray for me). I follow the news, the posts, all the activity, the players, other teams for fantasy football, etc. Every year there's a renewed sense of hope after all was lost the year before and my dreams of a Super Bowl appearance are shattered into the abyss.
Waning through the Bobby Layne curse (even though I'm not superstitious), the Millen era, the multitudes of coaches with their hands tied, the missed field goals and horrific officiating and ultimately seeing just about every other team have their winning seasons and glory as I (we)had often hoped to have one day. We were winners in the 50's and I think the cycle is going to head our way soon.
I think that "one day" is now! Something is "different" and there is a unique feel to this group of guys (coaches included). They actually have some real talent ACROSS THE BOARD! I cannot ever remembering saying that. We've had good players, we've had the BEST PLAYER EVER but, we've never had this many good to great players before. Our coaches seem smart and football savvy for a change, the players are not only talented but, hungry too, the front office has a sense of urgency with something to prove...
I was as skeptical as anyone when Mayhew & Lewand took over and now they got me believing again. Ask yourself if you've ever seen this level of play makers on our team ever? Understanding yes that it hasn't equated to the football field yet but, on paper and with all the intangibles like: hunger, mentality, make-up, years of meritocracy, general sense of urgency, blend of talent and some coming from winning backgrounds... we could finally have a real chance here. I don't believe its a stab in the dark, I don't believe Mayhew got lucky, and I don't believe its one and done~ it seems like the culture finally changed and it took 0-16 and a failing Ford Motor Company to do it.
We will have our glory days too ~ I know it!!!