Detroit Lions — Five reasons it's OK to be optimistic
- Yes, the Lions blew it in 2012 finishing 4-12 after a successful 2011 season and a trip to the playoffs. These are not the same Lions and it starts at the top with coach Jim Caldwell.
- The defense was ranked second in the NFL last year and will survive the loss of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley thanks to the effective coaching of coordinator Teryl Austin.
- The offense is already looking better because they are in the second year of the new Joe Lombardi style offense. Last year they were working to get the basics, this year even before the start of training camp they are working on the details.
- The run game will be better with Ameer Abdullah and a new-look offensive line. This will take some pressure off Matthew Stafford and let him stretch the field.
- It’s hard to explain but the right mindset is there thanks to Caldwell. Every team’s goal is the Super Bowl and Stafford admitted (when asked) that certainly it is the Lions’ goal too. But first they have to improve on a daily basis.