I've been looking on P.o.D. & all over the web and it really feels like this is the most excited & the most hopeful the majority of Lions fans have been overall during an offseason in a very long time. This year past year was the most watched Superbowl in history, and the NFL apparently keeps growing year to year. Everyone is getting informed and hyped up as free agency and the NFL Draft have truly become events in the modern day.
The Lions have made a lot of moves this offseason to address their needs from the season before. Filling a lot of positions with more youth and healthy players than in years past. We've got a lot of question marks at DE, O-line, OLB, Safety, and CB. There's a lot of unproven players on the team with high potential.
I don't think i ever got excited during the Kitna/Williams offseasons at all. Even the year the Lions started 6-2, I was doubtful we'd make the playoffs & of course they let us fans down. I was excited during the offseasons we got Stafford, Calvin Johnson, and Suh, but never because of the team overall. It was more for those particular players. During the 2011 offseason, I knew we were talented but I was very nervous because of Stafford's previous injuries. Nervousness outweighed my excitement. In 2012, I didn't get that excited even though we were coming off a playoff berth because I felt like Mayhew didn't really try to improve the team as a whole between the draft & free agency. We got some good players but not enough in my eyes.
This year, I feel like Mayhew & Schwartz have really got some good things to work with overall. A lot of fans, journalists, and analysts are feeling that way too. But, there are plenty who expect us to have a losing season and the offseason moves weren't good enough. In addition, the Lions have the toughest strength of schedule in the entire NFL. We'll be facing plenty of Superbowl Winning QBs & recent playoff teams.
So to put my assumptions to rest, I gotta know if this is the most excited/most hopeful you've been for a winning Lions season during the offseason. Vote on the poll and tell me your thoughts on the last 10 years in the comments.