The 2020 season was another one to forget for the Detroit Lions, following a 5-11 season record. Following that mark, the Lions have been actively displaying their desire of heading in a new direction. Their former No. 1 overall pick Matthew Stafford has moved on to the Rams.
Multiple holes on the roster, injuries, and coaching problems under Matt Patricia were major reasons why they missed the playoffs once again. The Patricia experiment ended after he was dismissed after three seasons only totaling 13 wins. The last time the Lions made the playoffs was back in 2016. Sorry for the reminder Lions fans but, the 1991 Divisional Round victory over the Cowboys remains their lone postseason win since 1957. Even though this is the case, the Lions are looking to erase the troubles of the past.
Lions headed for clearer skies under Campbell?
Former Lions tight end, Dan Campbell, was hired last month as head coach with the goal of ushering in a new culture in Detroit. It will be an uphill battle for Campbell’s team as they pursue a division crown. The NFC North remains a collection of teams where you can make a legitimate argument that the Lions fall short of the Packers, Vikings, and Bears in terms of talent and overall roster construction.
Following free agency, where they’re expected to lose key contributors mostly from their receiver room, there are also pending free agents defensively who could leave more holes to fill. sitting at seventh overall in the 2021 NFL Draft will be extremely beneficial in terms of Detroit being able to find a possible stud right away. Questions will continue to grow regarding the product the Lions will be featuring on the field. Let’s take a look at what the Motor City could be looking for early on day one.