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Spewing forth


OK.

Let's start by stating some things that I assume are obvious, simply because I think them:

  1. I am somewhat holding my breath about the final I's dotted and T's crossed.  I want the official announcement that there will be a full NFL Season.
  2. The Lions have improved from the top down... everywhere.  I am more optimistic about them than I have ever been.  Ever.  When Barry played, I knew I would enjoy the football - whether the Lions made the playoffs or not.  I have been optimistic many times.  Many.  But, this year, even more so.  I do NOT want this year to have anything less than a full season.  NO ASTERISKS spoiling a return to the playoffs.
  3. I also have been disappointed enough to know that crap happens.  And, while I don't think it's better to be pessimistic rather than optimistic...   There are a few things that worrry me. 

I am using this moment to spew forth some of my worries.  I am going to use bullets, because I know that regardless how I prioritize the following, any could ruin what could be one of the best years of this fan's life.

  • Stafford becoming injured.  'Nuff said.
  • Failure to sign Houston, or replace with as good or better.
  • Failure to improve front 7 (sign a LB or two.)
  • Other unexpected injury.

OK, I lied.  I saved what is knawing at me most for last.  Cherilus and Backus are both currently under 100%.  If this doesn't change, it could definitely ruin everything.  Backus is playing the best football of his life.  So, why would a quality LT want to come here?  If we need to run the season with less than 100% at both key positions on the line, the offense is more vulnerable to many, many things.  Including the first bullet point above.

 

There, I said it.  Not because I want to be the prognasticator (spelling?).  Simply because I want to take this thorn out of my paw.  I want to enter this season with optimism untempered by harsh reality past.

 

So, bottom line:

 

I predict the Lions will win 10 games and go to the playoffs.   First time I have said that since...

I don't recall when.

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

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