Plays of the Year
I’m partial to this play for numerous reasons. 1) I definitely had my eye on Golladay based on the training camp and exhibition game hype he’d been getting. 2) I always love it when underdogs and dark horses rise up. 3) It happened during my annual pilgrimage to Ford Field, so I was in the building for it. 4) It was an incredible catch at a key moment of a close game, just minutes after another strong Golladay touchdown grab gave the Lions their first lead of the afternoon. I can get used to another decade or so of these plays from Kenny.
Honorable mentions: Marvin Jones catch vs Chicago, Jamal Agnew punt return @ New York, Marvin Jones catch @ New Orleans, two point conversion vs Green Bay
Worst: 9 men on the field.
Playing 9-on-11 is quite a piece of personnel mismanagement under any circumstances. On a key third and seven when you’re down by a touchdown? When your quarterback is in the middle of completing 20 passes in a row?
Yeah, well. I guess plays like that one on the road against Baltimore explain a lot. For one, it helps explain why the head coach is no longer the head coach, despite another winning season (although Teryl Austin claimed the blame for this particular play).
The ________ part about missing the playoffs in 2017
Best: No false sense of contentment or feeling like the team is “right there” and that no major off-season moves are needed. The Lions definitely looked pretty good at times in 2017, but never as if they had a chance to win another game if they ended up sneaking into the playoffs. They’re still about two or three pieces away from being a true contender.
Worst: Missing the stupid playoffs.
Make no mistake though. Expectations are going to be HIGH in Motown in 2018.