There is always plenty to be skeptical about heading into a new season, especially as a Detroit Lions fan.
Now, I don’t want to go all doom-and-gloom on you as we enter August, but I do want to splash a little cold water on the overwhelmingly positive feelings that always come out of training camp.
At this point in the season, every team thinks this is their year, the Lions included. But as we saw last season, all of that optimism can come crashing down quickly once the real games start being played.
I’ll be honest, every time I start to get excited about the season I think back to Week 1 last season and give myself a hard dose of reality. And if I’m really honest, I probably wouldn’t have been so disappointed if I would have just been a little bit more suspicious about what was going on during training camp and the preseason (like their complete inability to stop the run).
And that brings us to today’s question of the day:
What are you most skeptical of heading into the 2019 season?
My answer: The Lions’ new offense.
I have no clue what Darrell Bevell is going to do with this offense. I also don’t know how much influence Matt Patricia will have on it. And in a league that is trending toward more and more throwing, I’m really skeptical about the Lions building their offense around a run game.
I worry that they will try to force running the ball even when it doesn’t make sense just because that’s the identity they want to have. I’m excited for the games to start so we can get a look at the new offensive system and start to get an idea for how Bevell with call the offense.