By the end of the day, the Detroit Lions’ 2018 season will be over. No more practices, no more gameplanning, no more On Paper, and no more Lions gameday until September.
It’s been a rough transition year for Lions fans. Not only is it tough to see your team go from 9-7 contender to 5-10 irrelevancy, but the move from Jim Caldwell to Matt Patricia has been stark. Of course, Patricia’s poor start already has some Lions fans playing revisionist history about the Caldwell era, but there is something to be said for consistent competitiveness over... well, over whatever we have now.
I’m sure we’ll have plenty of thinkpieces about what the future holds in Detroit, but for now, today’s Question of the Day is:
What is the primary emotion you’ll feel once the Lions 2018 season is over?
My answer: Disappointment with a little bit of relief.
I’m never one to welcome the offseason. Even when the Lions went 0-16 in 2008, I watched to the very end because I live by the very simple code: Football > No Football.
But this year has been a challenge. The last month of Lions football has been borderline unwatchable. The offense is toothless, and while the Lions defense is improving, they’re still allowing some bad quarterbacks do some things that bad quarterbacks shouldn’t be able to do.
I don’t think I’ve been this unenthusiastic for a season finale in a long, long time. And so I’m sure there will be a brief moment in which I’m relieved that I don’t have to write another 1,500-word preview about this—let’s be honest—boring team.
However, that will be extremely short-lived, as I realize the next four months involve endless speculation about free agency, and way more mock drafts than this world needs. Well, at least we’ll still have playoff games to watch before then...