Detroit Lions: Five Questions to Consider During the Offseason

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Oct 24, 2014; Bagshot, UNITED KINGDOM; Detroit Lions senior personnel executive Brian Xanders (left) and general manager Martin Mayhew at practice at the Pennyhill Park Hotel & The Spa in advance of the NFL International Series game against the Atlanta Falcons. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

5. Should The Unexpected Be Expected?

The Lions seem to like where they’re at and where they’re going organizationally, but sometimes, it’s when things seem quietest that the greatest amounts of attention must be paid.

For this reason, it’s always wise to wonder if something bigger could be brewing. The Lions love quarterback Matthew Stafford, but could they quietly entertain offers there? Could someone else surprising get sent packing? What about a major draft-day trade or free agency signing?

At this point, don’t expect the unexpected, but don’t be shocked if something unexpected ends up happening, either. Even though Detroit has made some nice strides in the past year, the clock is ticking on the current, aging core to win anything of significance.

A savvy general manager like Martin Mayhew has to understand this, and be prepared to make the bold moves needed to keep his team trending upward.