Every offseason, it’s up for debate whether a team truly improved or not. Teams typically overhaul around 30 percent of their roster each year in the hopes to get better, deeper, younger, stronger, faster or whatever buzzword their coach happens to be using that offseason.
Sadly for those coaches, their teams are never quite as improved as they’d like them to be. For a myriad of reasons, things don’t always work out, and teams are left improved in some areas but left regressed in others. A team can’t fix all of their holes in one offseason, so there’s bound to be something left neglected or under-addressed.
Still, there’s usually at least one position that undergoes some improvement every year. For example, last year the Detroit Lions’ secondary went through drastic improvement. Though the personnel stayed mostly the same, the Lions defense went from 62 passes defended and 10 interceptions in 2016 to 77 passes defended and 19 interceptions last season.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which position have the Lions improved at the most this offseason?
My answer: I think it has to be the running back position. I could cheat here and simply say the running game, which had one of the most drastic makeovers you’ll see in a single offseason, but let’s stick strictly with a single football position and say running back.
Though general manager Bob Quinn has said several times that he was comfortable and impressed with the Lions’ personnel in the backfield, his actions spoke quite differently this offseason. Adding both veteran LeGarrette Blount in the free agency and Kerryon Johnson in the second round of the NFL Draft says all you need to know about what Quinn wanted to do this offseason.
Now, there’s no guarantee that these players will come in and finally spark the Lions’ running game. Blount turns 32 this year, and you never really know what kind of year a running back will have in their rookie season. That being said, Detroit was already pretty clear on what they had in Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner. While all three of those guys currently remain on the roster, Detroit’s new additions bring skill-sets that none of these three have: most importantly, the ability to finish runs.