So this is how it ends? A season in which Detroit Lions fans experienced change once again, with the coaching not much was made of the Lions.
Before the season the Detroit Lions were picked to finish 3rd in the NFC North by ESPN, SI and Fox Sports.
Of course losing in the playoffs is tough and the way the Lions lost is another dagger to the hearts of Lions fans, but there’s a lot to be proud of with this Lions team.
For the first time since 1991, you had eleven wins that’s something to be proud of in the first year of a new coach you had eleven wins. You had a top five ranked defense, did you really expect that? I didn’t.
The Lions proved to everyone they’re a team to be reckoned with in the next few years. Did they have problems this year? Of course the Lions offense was awful at times, Stafford didn’t play his best and the offensive line was atrocious.
The Lions season wasn’t pretty by any sense and at times it was hard to watch, they struggled against good teams and at times it was horrible to watch, but they got the job done well enough to get to the playoffs.
Jim Caldwell came to Detroit last January, he came here as a man with integrity, A great football mind and a motivator. As much as the fans became admired by the head coach, the team did the same some saying he’s what the Lions needed.
Caldwell took over a primed and ready team to “Win now,” as Jim Caldwell famously said in his opening press conference at Ford Field.
As fans get hurt by the playoff loss, as hard as that game was hold your heads high.
In a social media world, We’re inclined for immediate success.
Not many coaches win a Super Bowl in their first year and that’s the ultimate goal is to win a Super Bowl. Lions are no different given their history it’s easy to say “the Lions will never win, THOSE LOSERS,”
It’s easy to say the what if’s, but the Lions had a good year under Jim Caldwell in his first year.
Not easy to accept the fact the Lions lost, but the whole picture is clear for the first time Lions fans can look forward to the future and be excited for what it holds.
Lions fans have been abused and beaten by getting their hopes up only to get their hearts broken again, but every team needs a set back to get to the next level. The Lions loss in Dallas isn’t a death blow to them being good in the future it’s basically saying you weren’t good enough to move on see ya next year.
The Lions loss isn’t something to be ashamed about, significant strides were made in effort of being a championship team next year, as the off season is finally here it’s time to appreciate what was done in year one and be hungry for what comes in year two.
As we look forward to the off season, plenty of storylines loom, what may be the biggest is Ndamukong Suh. Will he resign with Detroit or walk? That will change the whole landscape of the Lions off season depending on what happens.
Never the less it will be an interesting off season in Detroit.