The following was written in response to the linked article from the freep. I felt it was worth sharing with the best Lions fan site on the web. http://www.freep.com/comments/article/20131002/SPORTS01/310020051/detroit-lions-gab
Great article. I think the majority of your points boil down to this team showing much more mental toughness than years past as their young players are developing and maturing. Plus some lucky bounces and staying healthy for the most part. Even the coaching staff has shown signs of maturity. Holding Reggie Bush out week 3 is not a move that Schwartz would have made in past seasons. It's easy to forget that Jim Schwartz is a young coach with no head coaching experience before taking this job. Up until this year he was dogmaticly tied to his schemes and philosophies, a flaw of many inexperienced men, but has shown the ability to adjust his base sets and schemes to take advantage of his opponents weaknesses and his team's strengths.This is a huge development and a breath of fresh air after witnessing the predictable game plans of the previous year.
Mayhew did a masterful job of targeting key free agents that accentuated the strengths of key players already on the roster. Glover Quinn's solid play has freed Louis Delmas to become the impact player we've all seen flashes of in the past and Bush's impact clearly speaks for itself. Although the players filling the roles are named Bush and Bell instead of Jahvid Best and Mikel LeShoure we can still see the vision of this offense being actualized before our eyes, if a bit later than intended. This influx of talent has allowed the stars of this team to not feel the need to force plays that resulted in key mistakes last year. They just crushed an undefeated Chicago Bears team in a contest where Stafford and Calvin Johnson played mediocre games by the standards that they have established for themselves at this point in their impressive young careers. This was a game that this team would have lost handily last year.
I applaud the ownership and front office for having the courage and patience to see the potential of a team that fell far short of expectations and talent last year and for having the clarity to create and execute an off-season plan to build upon the foundation in place. This is also a very uncharacteristic move for a franchise with a fan base desperate to win now, made even more difficult with the failure of the faith and time given to the Matt Millen regime so fresh in many of our minds.
I apologize for the length of this post but feel strongly that I must express my gratitude for the fine product I have witnessed in Honolulu blue and silver up to this point in the season. I finally see a team of individuals worthy of the the love, adoration and hope of the faithful fan base that has battled with them through all of the growing pains, heartbreak and adversity of the past decades.
My message to fellow Lions fans is to forgive this franchise for it's past mistakes and not let the taint of it's former failures cloud what is obvious to anyone with the willingness to see. Your faith has finally been rewarded. This is not the "same old Lions" but rather a team worthy of the word Pride.