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Friday open thread: What player is the face of the Lions right now?

The team searches for a new identity after losing its leader.

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After a terrible stretch under Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia, the Detroit Lions needed to hit reset. They did that this offseason by bringing in a new general manager, a new head coach, and even a new quarterback. While it remains to be seen whether those changes will work or not, changes needed to be made somewhere.

Sometimes the only way to move forward is to recognize that there is not much good in the past, and even though many of the players on the roster are returning, the general feel of the team is now much different. Moving forward did mean losing Matthew Stafford though, and that has left a giant leadership hole.

Today’s Question of the Day is:

What player is the face of the Lions right now?

My answer: In many ways Dan Campbell has turned into the face of the new-look Lions, thanks to his viral sound bites and unmatched enthusiasm. However, the success of the team is ultimately going to come down to the players on the field, and that provides an opportunity for different players to step up.

For the last decade, this organization has been synonymous with Stafford, but his departure leaves a big gap to fill. There really is not a clear next man up, but I think there are three players that can make a strong case. Taylor Decker, Frank Ragnow, and T.J. Hockenson are all first rounders who match their coach’s toughness and are clear building blocks on this roster. Any of these players would be a great representative for the next chapter in Detroit.

Your turn.

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