I know, that was a mind-blowing thought that crossed my brain and I checked my temperature to make sure I wasn’t in some sort of fever induced malaise. Yet my sanity was no different than always. That may not be saying much, but the evidence of this team showing signs of being run like a contender spoke for itself.
Matt Patricia suddenly has his team playing well and Bob Quinn is doing what contenders do; finding any means to improve and giving his team a chance to contend.
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The type of stuff that championship teams have been doing for decades while the Lions watched from the sidelines with confusion.
Now the reality is that the Lions are still not favorites to win the Super Bowl or even their own division, but they have given themselves a chance.
In today’s world of high-pressure sports, that’s about as much as you can ask at times.
Yet we are seeing a team that is starting to find itself on the field. These players are buying into Matt Patricia’s system and are playing like it. They still have needs which will eventually have to be met during the offseason, but if you look at where they are today as compared to just four weeks ago when they lost to the Cowboys in Dallas, they are making definite progress.
They are picking up speed. You ever notice how the Patriots often have troubles in September but are almost unbeatable in November and December? I’m not saying that will be the case this season, but it is trending more towards that then a crash and burn disappointment.
The Detroit Lions have given themselves a chance and built hope for the future by simply doing what they haven’t done in the last 60 years; running this franchise as contenders do.
For any team to turn the corner and become champions, it really starts in the front office and with the coaching staff. Smart player personnel moves and good utilization of any assets that are acquired are the foundation of winning.
Not just like a successful season, but a successful and contending era. That doesn’t guarantee any championships, but it usually guarantees to contend for championships.
Whether these Lions fulfill the ultimate goal of winning the Super Bowl or not, they seem to finally be making the right moves as an organization to give the long-suffering fans a winner and the realistic dream of winning it all.