The phrase “no news is good news” almost certainly relates and applies to the Detroit Lions, and their continual offseason quest to keep a low profile.
This season, with Jim Caldwell taking the head coaching reigns, that’s even more vital. The once-rogue Lions don’t need anyone testing Caldwell’s disciplinary model immediately after the new coach has taken over.
Still, it’s hard to sit back in June and not think of Aaron Berry’s Twitter rant, Nick Fairley and Mikel Leshoure’s problems with pot and Louis Delmas mixing it up with Titus Young during minicamp. While the cast of characters has changed and matured a bit and that disastrous run of nonsense is now two years in the past, the scars still remain to teach important lessons.
Detroit needs to stay as far away from any such nonsense as possible for the next few months. Heck, they don’t even need Ndamukong Suh saving Louie Anderson’s life at this point during the offseason. Silence, as they say, is golden in all its forms.
To start off another new program and system, the Lions need to be completely invested. Fortunately, based on their performance from the recently concluded minicamps, it seems Detroit is serious when it comes to on the field activities. They must now match that mindset off the field and take a businesslike approach every single day, no matter what they do.
Mostly, rather than the perpetual rogue activities that came to define them under Jim Schwartz, the Lions need to avoid any type of odd publicity now. The team is perpetually teetering on the brink of being considered a true contender and a major disappointment. Anything which takes a buttoned-up focus away from football and can undermine progress should be seen as the enemy.
As the days go on and baseball takes over while summer activities become routine, the sincere hope is that the Lions stay as far away from consciousness as possible until the opening of training camp.
When that happens, it might become clear that the team is ready to take the next step and proudly wear the contender label many are constantly content to give them.