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Offseason Review: Detroit Lions

A new era has surfaced, and it starts with Mr. Graphite, A.K.A new Head Coach Matt Patricia. The wait is finally over as Detroit is believed to have found their guy. A disciple of the Bill Belichick coaching tree. While things haven’t panned out for most Belichick assistants, this one seems a little different. For starters, he didn’t get cold feet after the Patriots loss in Super Bowl 52 and return to the Pats (unlike Josh McD). He is his own man and it seems as if he is here to stay.

The NFL is a league of parody and when Lions general manager Bob Quinn decided to pull the trigger, it only made sense to hire one guy. People forget, Quinn joined the New England Patriots back in 2000 as a player personnel assistant, and gradually moved up to the director of pro scouting. The rest is history as he was signed in 2016 as the next Lions GM.

Since Quinn has been in Detroit, he has done something that previous GM’s have not been able to do in the Motor City: put together a winning culture. Sure, with former Head Coach Jim Caldwell it had its hiccups, but he did manage to finish 36-28 in his four years as head coach. All in all, a change was needed and getting Matt Patricia seems like it could pay dividends and land them in uncharted territory with “the Patriot-Way.”

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LE’VEON BELL

The Lions are in an odd spot in the 2018 NFL Draft. They don’t have a sexy pick but what they do have is a ton of money they are looking to unload.

What to do with $47 million? I don’t know, maybe go after the best running back in the league. As free agency is getting closer, the Lions should be licking their chops to show Le’veon what being a Detroit Lion is all about.

The MSU alum should fit perfectly in their offensive game plan to relieve some pressure off Stafford. The Lions $135-million-dollar man cannot do it all by himself. He isn’t getting any younger. He needs help.

Their window is now. With Stafford in his prime and Marvin Jones Jr. locked up until 2020, if they can land someone like Bell, it would be a hell of a lot more enticing for Golden Tate to resign in 2019. Could you imagine that offense? Well I can, and with the right scheme and 3rd down play calling, Lions fans might be able to witness their first ever playoff win.

NIGEL BRADHAM

Please tell me you guys love athletic linebackers that can play both inside and out. One of the standouts on Philadelphia’s Super Bowl winning defense, Bradham displayed the physicality, cover skills and leadership to help a defense earn the title world champions.

“We drafted Jarrad Davis to be the future!” I know, I know. Imagine if you had someone that could teach Davis the character it takes to be a top linebacker in the league? Don’t get me wrong, Bradham isn’t a household name but my god if you watched the NFL this year, you would be able to witness some outstanding defensive intensity.

SIGN THIS MAN! WHAT A BEAST! Bob Quinn, if you have the chance to pair Nigel Bradham and Jarrad Davis together, do it. You’d be doing Detroit a wonderful service.

WARNING DO NOT TAG ZIGGY HE IS NOT WORTH THE HEADACHE

DRAFT

1st round, pick No. 20

Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA

If the Lions do the smart thing and let Ziggy Ansah walk, Davenport seems to fit the mold of the the next generation of Defensive Ends. For god-sakes, the man is 6-7, 255 lbs. He’s a walking mammoth and could fit in beautifully with what Patricia is about to do with that defense. There is something recently about small-school guys panning out that I believe will happen again.

2nd round, pick No. 51

Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

Keep bringing the boys home! With their first two picks on the defensive side of the ball, it is clear what direction this team should be going in. Hopefully with these two picks, they are able to generate a pass rush that could help the corners out.

Defense wins championships repeat after me.

Lions fans, there is hope. Your fan-base has always stuck by their beloved team and its now their time to deliver. Philly broke the curse, why not you too?

WHAT IS THE POINT OF EVERYONE HATING ON LEBRON?

Call me crazy but Lebron James is in the midst of his best season ever. Here we go, cue the haters!! I know what you’re gonna say, “He’s playing in a weak Eastern Conference blah blah.” WELL HE PLAYS 40 MINUTES A GAME! Cry me a river man, why can’t anyone sit back and appreciate his greatness? Who knows how many years left we have watching the King so why are we trying to evaluate every single aspect of his game? The 15 year vet is the NBA villain yet again for no reason.

Sure, maybe I follow Nick Wright and maybe he is a bit excessive, but we’re out here everyday trying to defend someone who has legitimate credentials to pass as the greatest player of all time.

“People really forget how trash basketball was in the 80’s” – Nick Wright 

Look, what Lebron puts on social media should only help his stature. He’s just the biggest troll in the world with his tactics and his corny sayings. Those Arthur memes make it so easy to love him even more. He is always one-step ahead of everyone else. His Instagram stories that go viral while he’s working out are hilarious and make me want to run through a brick wall for him.

All I hear in the Lebron vs. Jordan arguments are “6 RINGS!!!! 6 RINGS!!!” First off lemme start by saying congrats… Because that’s literally your only argument. Jordan won in an era where athletes weren’t at the top of their game and no one trained nearly as hard as the players do today. I would agree that the game has gotten softer, but what makes you think a 6’8 250 lb. behemoth of a man couldn’t dominate back then too? The reason people hate him is because he is everything everyone wants to be. FACT. 3-5 in the finals? SO. WHAT. Eight (8 YES YOU HEARD THAT CORRECTLY) straight finals against teams with the most elite talent and coaching in the NBA, and he is able to consistently showcase jaw-dropping numbers year in and year out.

I can’t even believe I’m writing this right now. If someone told me they don’t like Lebron because he’s a whiner who asks for every call I’d consider throwing up in front of them. All of the best athletes ask for every call. You ever see Tom Brady throw a fit about something? It’s every other play man. Saying he begs for calls couldn’t be more irrelevant and I still hear this on a consistent basis. HE IS ENTITLED TO EVERYTHING IN THE NBA. THERE I SAID IT. Lebron James has single handedly changed the sport and whether you hate it or not, you should respect it.

I cannot stress this enough, the best player in the world still holds his crown because of his uncanny ability to perform at an elite level in all aspects of the game. He is a bully on the court. He’s better than Jordan, better than Magic, no other way to describe it. He is the greatest athlete the world has ever seen.