Previous Month: January
The old saying goes that offense wins games but defense wins championships. That may be true in general but the New Orleans Saints proved it doesn’t have to be that way as they became one of the worst defensive teams to ever win a Super Bowl. They made big plays when they needed one but the Saints rode their high powered to their first world championship.
I’m sure there were a number of Lions fans that watched what the Saints accomplished and tried to picture the Lions in a similar position. They had entrenched Matthew Stafford as their starter of the present and the future and already had a big play receiver in Calvin Johnson. Not everyone agreed with rebuilding this team from the offense up but the Saints had just proven that it is a viable strategy.
After winning just 2 games in 2009 in was painfully obvious the Lions needed many more pieces before fielding a competitive team and February was the start of that off-season process.
The Lions held the second pick in April’s draft and the pick was seen as a toss-up between Gerald McCoy and Ndamukong Suh. Some began to speculate that the Rams would go with Sam Bradford and leave the Lions their pick of the top two rated players but at the very least the Lions would end up with a pretty darn good consolation prize if the Rams did decide to pick one of the prized defensive tackles.
February also started up veteran rumor mill and names like Donte Stallworth, Pacman Jones, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Antonio Cromartie and LaDainian Tomlinson.
Next Month: March
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