Remember when your parents would warn you about the safety of fireworks. How they were very dangerous, and that we could really hurt ourselves if we didn’t take the correct precaution when using them.
In the spirit of the Fourth of July, and maybe my parents might hate me for saying this, but a fireworks need to be a lit under a few certain Lions this year.
Starting off with Jim Schwartz, it’s a huge year for him and his coaching career. This could potentially be his last year in Detroit if there are no signs of improvement or an entry to the playoffs. He also needs to build a much better locker room, considering all of the on and off the field drama since he was named the head coach for the team.
Also, we cannot forget about Martin Mayhew. While there is a positive perception with Mayhew, among the fan base, this year is very crucial for him. The reason for that is because his past couple of drafts have been somewhat questionable, specifically the 2011 draft. Nick Fairley, Mikel LeShoure and Johnny Culbreath have all been arrested at least once since that draft took place. As for the Lions second round pick Titus Young, he was released by the team due to his character issues on and off the field. Last years and this years draft class really has to show up in order for Mayhew to have some job security.
Lastly, Matt Stafford needs to do even more this year for the Lions to succeed. It’s asking for a lot considering Stafford has already done so much to change the culture of the franchise, but more wins have to be produced.
Hopefully this ends up being the case where no fireworks have to be lit under these guys, and the only fireworks we do see is when the Lions are hoisting the Lombardi trophy.
Note: Fireworks should never be lit under anybody. Hope you all have a safe and happy Fourth of July!