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The Lions are coming off a 4-12 season after going to the playoffs the year before. Here are three reasons they will improve on that record:
1. The offense will be more multidimensional. Last year they were counting on the return of Jahvid Best. Martin Mayhew said it was his biggest mistake entering that season. Now they have Reggie Bush who has similar playmaking abilities. Plus younger running backs Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell are more experienced. Ryan Broyles and Nate Burleson didn’t play full seasons due to injuries, but now they are healed and raring to go.
2. The defense has added length (Ziggy Ansah, Jason Jones, Devin Taylor) and speed (Darius Slay, Glover Quin). While younger it could be better. A key addition is Jim Washburn who is helping coach the defensive line.
3. Unlike last offseason, this team is hungrier. There’s a get-on-board attitude or get off the bus. They’ve all got a chip on their shoulders, even the new guys. We’ll see if they can take that attitude onto the field for every snap.