CURIOUS: CAN THEY WIN?
Beyond the belief that winning meaningless games at the end of the 2018 season would carry over into 2019 (and they won’t), the most curious thing moving forward is whether or not the Detroit Lions can start winning anytime soon?
The 2018 season was dreadful. But it may just be the beginning of an overhaul for this roster.
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On the Patricia/Quinn front, there are only two options going forward. Option one: Patricia and Quinn acquire the types of players that they can develop into winners. Option two: Patricia and Quinn are exposed: lacking what it takes for player development, and eventually being fired.
If the Detroit Lions have another mediocre season – and it feels like that is where they are headed – should the ownership show patience as Quinn and Patricia continue to build? Or should they pull the plug immediately and start all over again?
There will have to be signs that the roster is improving and the young players are developing to keep the current regime in place. But it is hard to see a jump to 11 or 12 wins next season. It just isn’t in the cards.
Free agency and the draft are quickly approaching. So, it isn’t written in stone that the Detroit Lions can’t make something great happen next season. But all that 2018 really established was that Quinn and Patricia were really starting from scratch.
Last year, for my first post, I pondered the question of whether or not the Detroit Lions can ever reach the Super Bowl. My only hope was that the Lions were already on that path to winning with their current management.
I will root for it to happen in 2019, but my heart tells me they are further away than they were a year ago. If more growing pains in 2019 would lead to success in 2020, then that would be great – and even acceptable for this fan base. But because no one can know that, it is frustrating to watch.
Here’s hoping, a year from now, the Lions show some tangible evidence of winning. Because if they don’t, the rebuild will start again. And they will be pushed back even further from ever reaching that final destination: The Super Bowl.