After listening to several weeks of post game wins radio, it became clear too me that Fans in general were definately getting the vibe that this Lions team is different. None however really captured what has happened.
A new culture of performance is replacing everything that were reasons for Detroit as laughing stock. No more, the character of the team is clearly on the path where individual performance by single players wont be subject to lazy maybe I'll play maybe i wont.
Mayhew has done majic bringing in talent, but the talent mostly former high draft picks, lacked the team structure that included them as peak performance players, and this ended up being the basis for the personal let downs many of thesse guys came in with. That baggage is gone in the Detroit locker room, the new Lions are Players with a capital P. No more can a player make a half assed effort to sustain a check. this team has character and a peer pressure within its memebership, that says This time It is different. This subtle shift, says that everyone who wants to take the Lions from worst to first, Step UP. If not,,,find the door.
You get a sense that this group of players & coaches will get it done, they will police thier ranks for slackers and uninvite them that dont buy in. Recently i was a bit shocked to read that the Lions were already ranked17th in power rating, This is known throughout the league and will affect the Free agents who want to be part of a worst to first story that will mark a career.
this post is about the Team, and with TEAM success comes satisfaction and ownership of effort in a cause. Make no mistake what is unfolding is unfolding because Players want ownership of an outcome....this outcome means Super Bowl.
A few special free agents and a few draft picks, and the winning will become the norm for the lions as the character of the culture has taken a radicaly different course, and while it may not yet be self evident, there are hearts and minds, now committed in ways Detroit has not seen for many years.