On Friday, I asked Detroit Lions to temper their expectations. We all tend to get excited over the exciting possibilities when a new coach comes to town, but there are no guarantees in the NFL, and even with a guy like Darrell Bevell—who has a fairly impressive resume—there’s a good chance things don’t work out. That’s just how the NFL works.
But it’s the weekend. It’s time to throw caution into the wind and live it up. Let’s dream our wildest dreams, because there’s literally no harm in it.
With a new coach, there are endless possibilities. Maybe the Lions can capture some of the magic Bevell had in Seattle and Detroit’s defense would finally live up to the potential their roster has. Maybe the Lions lead the league in rushing for the first time since the Barry Sanders era? Maybe a more balanced offense will finally take some of the pressure off of Matthew Stafford, therefore actually making him a better quarterback?
So today’s Question of the Day is:
What about the Darrell Bevell hire excites you the most?
My answer: Kerryon Johnson.
Johnson was arguably the most exciting Lions player to watch in 2018, and that became even more clear when Johnson missed the last couple months of the season. Seeing as Bevell helped make great talents like Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch reach their full potential, I can’t wait to see what he can do with Johnson.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Lions impose their will on the opposing defense consistently on the ground, and I think some people have forgotten how much fun that looks. The 2018 Dolphins game was just a small glimpse of that, and if Bevell can make that a regular thing in Detroit, the Lions are going to be a lot more fun to watch in the future.
I miss that, and the thought of it possibly returning to the Lions makes me very, very happy.