It’s hard to formulate a way of saying the same thing over and over when it comes to this Detroit Lions team. The playoffs are not within their reach, and they’re a bad football team. But now that they’re officially mathematically out of the playoff race, we can move on to arguing about why “Player X” is not going to be available by the time we’re on the clock, or speak in absolutes about “Player Y” because we know he’s going to be a bust nine months before he even takes an NFL snap.
It’s officially draft season, baby.
The Lions are full of holes right now, and there are some that may be created with players’ contracts being up this year.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
What is the Lions’ biggest need heading into the offseason?
My answer: This one is pretty easy for me, and I’m expecting a lot of similar answers. Our fearless leader even labeled it as the team’s biggest problem recently.
The Lions need to add a pass rusher or two, or three, whether it’s an edge rusher opposite of Trey Flowers or a pure pass rushing interior lineman that the team has been missing since Bob Quinn’s arrival.
Heading into the season, many— including myself—thought that the defensive line was fixed. Da’Shawn Hand was coming off of an impressive rookie campaign, Trey Flowers was supposed to be the answer to all of our pass rushing problems, and we even got lucky and snatched Mike Daniels away from other needy teams after his surprising dismissal from the Packers.
But the defense is still the same, if not worse than it was last year, and that’s unacceptable. It doesn’t end with the D-line. If there is a stud linebacker that’s available in free agency or the top of the draft, the Lions need one of those, too. Darius Slay’s future is up in the air, so they’ll likely be in the market for a defensive back.
On offense, Rick Wagner has struggled to hold down the right edge of the line and Taylor Decker’s future is also in question with one year remaining on his contract and no dead money to account for.
Bob Quinn will have a lot of tough decisions to make in the upcoming offseason, and his seat is scorching hot.
Tell us, where are you turning your focus if you were the Lions’ general manager?