Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn finally addressed the press this past week and the response was divided and decisive.
With the conclusion of the Detroit Lions season, which seems to annually coincide with the start of the NFL postseason, general manager Bob Quinn met the angry glare of the media.
Now let me start by saying that the 2018 Detroit Lions didn’t come anywhere close to meeting expectations. That can be perceived in one of two ways; the first would be that the expectations were simply too high considering the new system and all the roster changes that were made. The second way is that Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia failed miserably. Period.
Almost everyone stands on one side of the fence or the other.
When Quinn met the press, bright and early on new years day 2018 and announced that he felt like this team was more talented than their 9-7 record indicated, he started to fuel the fire.
It was this very opinion that made everyone believe that this was going to be the playoff run Lions fans have been waiting for since 1991 when they advanced to the NFC Championship game after becoming the only team to defeat Dallas in the playoffs while Jimmie Johnson was the coaching the Cowboys.
Thus came the hiring of former rocket scientist turned football coach, Matt Patricia. He was very highly regarded in NFL circles and there were more than a few of his former players that claimed he was the one who could carry these Lions to the promised land.
All that was left was to improve the rushing attack to balance the offense and turnaround the defense.
Here’s your irony; they accomplished both missions, yet they finished with a 6-10 record and are home watching the playoffs like the rest of us.
Sure the ground game can still be better and the defense wasn’t able to create as many turnovers as they did in 2017, but if you don’t see the improvement in those facets of the Lions game, then your just not opening your eyes.
So the real question that has the fans divided is; was this season a stepping stone to a much better and competitive future or is it nothing more than another failed regime dragging this team down to nowhere?