The Lions have finished strongly and on both sides of the ball, the units gelled. We got the rushing we needed so badl y in the last part of the season. We blame Backus for Matt's injury but if you look at what keeps a QB healthy, it's a balanced attack. With no running game at the beginning of the year, teams prepared for the high octane Detroit passing game. With Matt in the pocket so much, he was the target opponents were shooting for. I don't blame Backus, he had a tremendous year. When the offensive line couldn't create holes for the backs, we were vulnerable to their pass rush/blitz (we were a 1 trick pony).
As for the defense, they won 4 games with corners they got off the street. These new additions bought into the system, gave it their all and helped us on a 4 game winning streak! I hope you guys can see that Schwartz has a plan, a system around which the FO is building this franchise.
As for the off season, I've come to realize that the Lions have the luxury of drafting the BPA. With our D-line and the way they pressure the QB, I don't think it's a smart move on the part of Chris Houston to want to test the FA market. If I were a CB, I'd give a lot to play for the Lions, they would add years to my career with their pass rush. Same thing applies to linebackers. Detroit is a most enticing landing spot for FA's or college draftees. We don't need shut down corners or stud linebackers with a D-line like this. We just need solid players that make few mistakes.
Schwartz and the FO are the ones who built the Lions from the ground up. Games are won and lost at the line of scrimmage, not in the backfield. The plan they created for the Lions is unraveling before us right now, the future looks bright. They've hired good coaches, made great trades, brought in fresh new talent and actually designed a system that may be quite successful for years to come.
Motown may never be the same because I can smell championship football for this town!