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You don’t win championships in March, so the saying goes, but that doesn’t mean trying to improve in free agency is a fool’s errand. You have to be selective, but teams have proven in the past that it’s not always a mistake to be aggressive, too.
The Detroit Lions were certainly aggressive this year, immediately grabbing three players in the opening day of the tampering period—all of whom will play a critical role in 2019. While it’s true the Lions lost a couple of key players—namely T.J. Lang and Glover Quin, both of whom were, ironically, released—it’s hard to argue that Detroit didn’t improve their roster already.
In fact, we polled Lions fans to see if they agree. Using our FanPulse community, we asked fans simply: Did your team get better or worse in free agency?
The results were conclusive, to say the least.
100 percent of fans voted “better.” That’s right, every single Lions fan believes the team has improved their roster from last year. Obviously, there’s an inherent bias in this survey, but it’s interesting to note that only five other fanbases were also unanimous in their feelings of improvement: the Browns, Jets, Titans, Colts and Raiders. That being said, 15 different team fanbases—nearly half the league—had at least 90 percent of fans voting that their team got better. Time will certainly prove some of those teams wrong, but Spring is for optimism.
As for the rest of the division, every team is feeling pretty good with where they’re at right now... except for the Vikings.
Packers: 95% ‘better’ votes
Bears: 81% ‘better’ votes
Vikings: 42% ‘better’ votes
So while Lions fans are feeling most optimistic about their progress this offseason, the true test, as always, will come in the fall.