The decision to move on from Jim Bob Cooter at offensive coordinator seemed inevitable, but the actual transition did not happen until the 2019 offseason. In his place will be Darrell Bevell, a coach with a solid resume and a clear reputation preceding him in terms of play-calling style and tendencies.
Of course, every roster and every situation is a little different. The Vikings and Seahawks rosters he managed were not quite the same as this current Lions squad, regardless of how you feel about Russell Wilson compared to Matthew Stafford. So just because he operated in a certain manner in his previous stops, it does not mean he will be locked into this mindset in Detroit.
The season will soon be upon us, but until that time we do not exactly know how the 2019 Lions offense will differ from its previous form.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
What will the offense look like under Darrell Bevell?
My answer: This team is going to run the ball, and then run some more. This is not too controversial of a take, but I really see Kerryon Johnson becoming a high-usage back in 2019. The sophomore has already shied away from the idea of being a three-down back, and given his injuries last season this could seem wise, but he is too talented not to use.
Bevell has leaned heavily on his top running back in the past and has never looked to utilize a committee. Yes, the role of pass catchers out of the backfield has increased, and yes, Johnson is not Adrian Peterson or Marshawn Lynch — two backs that Bevell has featured in the past — but he certainly has potential.
With general manager Bob Quinn continuing to invest in offensive linemen and tight ends, all of the pieces are in place for a strong run game. C.J. Anderson will get some action in relief and Theo Riddick will still have a role as well, but all signs point to a huge season from Johnson. How huge? I think we will watch him end up in the top 10 among running backs in rushing yards this year.