Detroit Lions headlines: Offseason team needs, Teasing Tabor
As other NFL teams prepare for the divisional round of the playoffs, the Detroit Lions must sit on the sidelines and prepare for 2019. Are better days ahead?
The Detroit Lions disappointed in 2018. But factoring in that a new head coach was hired, a new coaching staff and defensive scheme was installed as well as many new faces added to the roster; and you figure there would be some growing pains.
With Year Two of the Matt Patricia era now up and running, the Lions will focus on improving next season. So that instead of watching the playoffs as they’re doing now, they can actually be participating in them.
With that in mind, here are the top headlines from across the net about your Detroit Lions.
Biggest 2019 offseason needs for all 32 NFL teams – ESPN.com
The answer to the question what is the Lions’ biggest need going into 2019 will likely not surprise fans. Regardless if Detroit opts to re-sign defensive end Ezekiel Ansah or not, pass rusher is clearly the top need. Getting more pressure on opposing quarterbacks is what is required to take this improving Motown defense to the next level.
Quinn says Tabor is still developing, has upside – DetroitLions.com
Already considered a second round bust, Tabor’s time in Detroit should be over. But Quinn appears to still believe his young career can be salvaged. Unfortunately, the Lions might spend yet another season trying to tap that potential despite the fact they’ve seen zero evidence Tabor can play on this level in his first two years.
Lions’ commitment to Teez Tabor might have cost them another gem at cornerback – MLive.com
The fact the Lions are so committed to Tabor has already cost them according to the above article. Despite cornerback being a position of need, Detroit opted to release defensive back Cre’Von LeBlanc in part due to their faith in the former second rounder. Now, LeBlanc is playing well for the Philadelphia Eagles, who could be on their way to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances.
Lions receiver Kenny Golladay nominated for value award – The Detroit News
Is there a better candidate for Offensive MVP for Detroit than second-year receiver Kenny Golladay? Injuries suffered by rookie running back Kerryon Johnson and wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. remove them from consideration. And quarterback Matthew Stafford had a down season. I think Golladay is the clear choice.
Detroit Lions hire new lead contract negotiator, Mike Disner – Detroit Free Press
In the grand scheme of all things Detroit Lions, how does a hire like Mike Disner factor in? Disner has worked with both general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia before. And that relationship could be key to setting up the Lions to be in a favorable salary cap position this offseason.