The Lions are at a crossroads. Consistent let-downs, players underperforming, and lack of improvement all put Quinn in a situation of having to either make big changes or to accept relative mediocrity. Relative to current good teams, because he is the coach with the most wins in the modern era for the Lions.
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Quinn has five draft picks to work with in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft, missing both their sixth and seventh round picks from two small trades. One was for temporary, already waived, inconsistent help at left tackle, Greg Robinson.
According to Over the Cap the Lions will be working with more than 53 million in cap space next year. Seven out of ten of their top paid players are on offense, two are offensive linemen, and one is a defensive lineman.
Only eight defensive starters and ten offensive starters are under contract for 2018. A total of 39 players inked deals for 2018. Some of which will not make it to the next season, though.
The Lions have numerous holes to fill. Chief among these are offensive line and defensive line help. The pass rush and rushing attack are near the bottom of the league annually. Those two areas demand immediate attention. Almost no team advances in the playoffs without putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks or running the ball effectively.