Detroit Lions New Year’s resolution: Fix run game and offensive line
The Detroit Lions have a 70 game drought in their running game. No 100-yard rushers isn’t just a running back problem, the offensive line needs talent, too.
Detroit Lions general manager, Bob Quinn, had to let go of former head coach, Jim Caldwell. One big thing that the Lions will have to do is improve a running game that has been in the bottom few for four years.
We all know that it’s been 70 games since we had a 100-yard rusher. What might a plan be to upgrade and fix the offensive line or run game?
Let’s take a look.
Jim Caldwell is not gone for the following reasons: that he’s a bad guy, or has had too many losing seasons. Caldwell is gone for never fixing some lingering problems.
The run game is one reason, under Caldwell they ranked: 28th, 32nd, 30th, and 32nd, by year. Quinn cited his record against good teams, and in big games, as well.
Our GM also spoke of bigger goals like winning championships. The team needs new leadership to start winning Super Bowls, to paraphrase Quinn.
Concerning running backs
When questioned about the running backs, in particular, Quinn said that he planned on bringing in some new blood, finally. MLive Lions reporter, Kyle Meinke, quoted Quinn:
"“I think (the running game) was a disappointment to everybody,” Quinn told MLive.com. “I mean, from the fans, to the coaches, to me, to everybody in this city. We need to run the ball better, bottom line. We need to block better. We need to run better. We need to protect the ball better. We need to run better plays, I mean, you name it. Everything needs to get better.”"