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Notes: Detroit Lions finish last in NFL.com’s power rankings

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The Lions are bad, but last???

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NFL: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

It’s no secret that 2020 doesn’t feel like the best year to be a Detroit Lions fan. The team just completed a 3-12-1 season, a huge regression from just the previous year. Given that this team was riding their first back-to-back winning seasons in a couple decades just two years ago, fans and analysts alike are understandably skeptical about the direction of this franchise.

But NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus took that skepticism to another level this week by posting his end-of-season power rankings. In them, Hanzus ranks the Detroit Lions dead last—32nd, for those keeping score. His main reasoning: coaching.

“The Lions’ defense was a mess in 2019. Couldn’t tackle. Couldn’t get to the quarterback. Couldn’t cover. Couldn’t make a stop,” Hanzus wrote. “None of this was a good look for defensive-minded head coach Matt Patricia, but Detroit brass opted to go the route of preserving continuity rather than making a change in the big chair.”

Hanzus offers a smidge of hope via Detroit’s third overall pick, in which the Lions could snag a defensive game-changer, but other than that, the outlook is bleak in Hanzus’ opinion.

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