Possibly the Detroit Lions’ next five offseason moves will have the most impact on the 2013 season — which players they re-sign, which free agents they lure to Detroit and who they draft.
But it’s not like they’ve been sitting on their hands at the Lions practice facility since Jan. 1.
Here are the five biggest moves the Lions have made so far in this offseason:
1. They released Titus Young. He had become a cancer. While it’s nice for teams to help out young players, there’s nothing more they could do for the troubled wide receiver.
2. Brian Xanders, who brings tons of NFL experience at the young age of 41, was hired as a senior personnel executive. He’ll be heavily involved in personnel decisions and will also get the Lions up to date on the latest technology developing a new proprietary scouting database.
3. Jim Washburn, most recently the defensive line coach of the Eagles, has been hired to help coach defense. He’s title is non-specific, but his years of experience (he’s 63) should be nothing but beneficial to defensive line coach Kris Kocurek and defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham. Washburn’s son Jeremiah has been promoted to offensive line coach.
4. One of the toughest decisions was to release Kyle Vanden Bosch. A defensive leader and driven defensive end, he is past his prime. It was the right decision.
5. Letting right guard Stephen Peterman go was the start to a revamping of the offensive line which has played together for three seasons. Again, tough move but the right decision.