Detroit’s massive overhaul on offense this offseason is almost unprecedented.
Not only did the Detroit Lions lose their franchise quarterback, but the team also lost all three starting outside and slot wide receivers in a single offseason. Matthew Stafford, Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr., and Danny Amendola were all here one moment—and then gone the next.
An influx of players are here to replace the departed mainstays of the Lions, some for the better part of a decade, and it’s going to be jarring. It’s going to require an adjustment period. Detroit has invested heavily in its coaching staff, its offensive line, and is counting on outworking opponents to find success moving the ball. Tyrell Williams, Breshad Perriman, and Kalif Raymond are all signed to one-year contracts and represent the top-end of Detroit’s receiving depth.
This leads us to today’s Question of the Day...
Are you concerned about the Lions' offense?
My concern lasts as long as the team’s quarterback, and I’m trying to give Jared Goff each and every opportunity to turn me into a believer.
Quarterbacking a former Super Bowl team is something many fans have latched onto, but heading up this Lions offense is a completely different challenge. If he wants to prove himself amongst the best quarterbacks in the NFL, he has a chance to do it this year in Detroit.
Many are betting against him, and without a dynamic, game-changing runner like Todd Gurley lining up behind him—for the time being—it’s a fair reservation. An other-worldly talent at running back has propped up many offenses throughout the history of the NFL, and Lions fans are no strangers to that.
Through the first nine days of training camp, the results from the offense have been underwhelming. Goff has looked hesitant to take shots downfield, more comfortable checking down to under routes, and less like a quarterback of a Super Bowl-bound team.
In his defense, the offense hasn’t had much time to gel. Aside from D’Andre Swift and the offensive line—save rookie Penei Sewell—the entire offense is brand new. Generating some chemistry and consistency could be on the horizon, but it needs to happen sooner rather than later if the Lions want to win some football games this year with offense.