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Saturday open thread: What is the Detroit Lions’ biggest need heading into 2019?

Where do the Lions need the biggest improvement?

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It’s not even Christmas, but for fans, it’s already time to start thinking about the Detroit Lions’ 2018 season. Last week, the team was officially eliminated from postseason contention, ripping out the one last thing Kool Aid drinkers could rely upon before the new year arrives.

So looking ahead, there are plenty of things the Lions need to improve upon. Their offense has become completely stagnant in the final two months of the season. Their pass rush remain anemic. Their secondary is prone to giving up too many plays, and they are fresh out of playmakers on both sides of the ball.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

What is the Detroit Lions’ biggest need for 2019?

My answer: Maybe this is cheating, but I really think it’s an offensive coordinator. While Matthew Stafford deserves plenty of blame from the significant step back the offense took this year, it’s hard not to look at the entire operation and see there are things beyond Stafford’s control.

This was the year Stafford finally got a decent offensive line and an average running game, and it all seemed to backfire. The intensity and aggressiveness of this offense is gone, and the game plans seemed to be increasingly focused on simply possessing the ball, not advancing it. While you’d be right to wonder if Matt Patricia had his hand in this, the simple fact remains that this offense is both inefficient and uninspiring.

Detroit isn’t short on talent—or, at least, they weren’t earlier in the season—so that is no longer a proper excuse. The Lions need someone who will make superstars out of Kenny Golladay and Kerryon Johnson. They need someone to re-energize Marvin Jones Jr. for the deep ball threat that he is. They need someone who can actually scheme a wide receiver open or devise something a little more creative than a 5-yard out on third-and-10.

With the defensive improvements obvious with this team, Detroit needs a fresh mind controlling the other side of the ball, and they need it right now.

Your turn.

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