The preseason serves many purposes for a football team. For many players, it’s an opportunity to knock off some rust in preparation for the regular season. For rookies, it’s their first taste of full-speed, full-contact competitive football at the next level. For coaches, it’s an opportunity to test their gameday communication and make sure everyone is on the same page. And for the personnel department, it’s a key part of their evaluation of the roster.
The Detroit Lions enter Saturday with a lot of things to accomplish in tonight’s game with the Pittsburgh Steelers. With a brand new roster, coaching staff and schemes, the Lions must use the opportunity to simply get used to each other and the playbook. Though it sounds like some of the more key components of the team may not play on Saturday—or in next week’s preseason finale—there will be plenty to accomplish for those that will take Heinz Field.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
What is one thing you’d like the Detroit Lions to accomplish vs. the Steelers?
My answer: Obviously the most important thing is for players to maintain their health and avoid an injury. But that doesn’t make for a very good discussion.
Lack of injuries aside, I’d like to see the Lions’ first-team secondary get their hands on a ball or two. An interception would be great for the unit’s confidence, especially since Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to play.
It’s been extremely fun to watch the likes of Tracy Walker, Jeff Okudah, and Amani Oruwariye play with a ton of swagger in practice. Even Will Harris looks more confident out there and has made a handful of plays.
But it’s hard to fully believe in a sudden improvement from the secondary until I see it against a serious opponent. With Mitchell Trubisky attempting just two passes last week, this will be the first real opportunity for Detroit’s passing defense to reveal itself. I will be glued to my TV to see what comes of them.