The Detroit Lions are continuing to develop the offensive scheme being implemented by the new coaching staff. Learning an entirely new offense takes time and hard work, but the players are showing tremendous effort and an eagerness to learn. There is excitement in the air in Allen Park, which in turn is building excitement with the fans. Detroit’s high-powered, third-ranked offense looks to be even better this coming season.
Matthew Stafford, starting QB for the Lions, has been very optimistic about the learning process, the new plays, and how the team is coming together. “One of the fun parts of this year is kind of imagining down the road what guys’ roles are going to be on this offense,” he said during a minicamp press conference. From the way he talks about his teammates, it is obvious that Stafford has high expectations for the Lions in 2014. “We’re excited. We’ve just gotta find everybody’s niche and do the best we can.”
Calvin Johnson, top NFL WR for the Lions, also commented on the new offensive scheme while talking to reporters during minicamp. “It feels great out here practicing with the guys,” he said while answering questions. “We’re getting work in… we’re getting better every day.” When asked if the Detroit Lions offense feels more aggressive, he responded “yeah, we’re going after guys.”
“Our expectation level is really high,” according to Dominic Raiola, Lions Center and most veteran offensive lineman. He seemed confident while talking to the press, and stated “I like where we’re at.” Raiola is coming off of his best season, and expectations are that he will continue to play at a high level.
After day two of minicamp, Coach Caldwell addressed members of the media, telling them that “we’ve made a lot of good progress,” and assuring media and fans alike that the members of the Lions offense have “a good grasp on the information.” Questions turned to the new offensive scheme, and whether this new system is similar to other NFL teams, like the Saints. Caldwell had only one thing to say to that.
“I can’t tell you we’re gonna ‘look like this’ or we’re gonna ‘look like that,’ and I don’t care. What I care about is if this is right for the Lions. This is the Lions offense.”