When the Matt Millen fiasco finally ended the Lions were left with one major problem: a lack of talent. I likened the post-’08 Lions to an expansion franchise without the luxury of an expansion draft.
With a plan in place the Lions have slowly but surely added talent to the roster thanks to the work of Martin Mayhew, Tom Lewand and Jim Schwartz. Anyone that saw the Lions performance against the Packers last week knows that the roster is still a work in progress but significant strides have been made to the point that at least one other team in the division made a move today as a result.
Jerry Angelo was relieved of his duties as general manager of the Chicago Bears this morning. The Bears’ brass held a press conference regarding the decision. To put the motivation for making the move into one sentence, Bears president Ted Phillips said the following:
We want to close that talent gap with our division rivals and that’s why that decision was made.
Rivals. Plural. Unless Phillips is implicating the 3-13 Vikings this has to include the Detroit Lions.
Who would have thought that just a year removed from an NFC title game appearance the Chicago Bears would be playing catch up with the Detroit Lions?
Anyone still looking for proof that things have changed since Millen left town can add this to the bin of evidence. Although, at this point anyone not already convinced probably never will be.