The Detroit Lions were one of the great stories during the 2011 season after winning ten games and making the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Still, there was a lot to criticize considering the way the season ended.
The Green Bay Packers sat Aaron Rodgers in the regular season finale yet Matt Flynn was able to step in and throw for 480 yards and six touchdowns. The loss sent the Lions to New Orleans for the wild card round where the secondary was once again torched as Drew Brees threw for 466 yards and three touchdowns. Add it up and the Lions surrendered 946 passing yards and nine touchdowns in their final two games.
Calls for sweeping changes came from all angles. The Lions didn’t go about it as most fans would have but changes were made nonetheless.
Chris Houston is the only corner on the roster that was there a year ago. With his status listed as doubtful due to an ankle injury it is possible the Lions will play an entirely new group of corners.
We’re now on the eve of the 2012 season opener and it’s finally time to see if “different” leads to “better”.
The opener against the St. Louis Rams is a good first test for the revamped group of Lions cornerbacks. They will face a bright young quarterback in Sam Bradford but one that lacks big time weapons on the outside. In other words, there will be times when they’ll be tested but times when they should be able to find a lot of success.