Is the Detroit Lions’ chess game improving under Matt Patricia?
By Robert Jones
The Detroit Lions have long been considered a team the NFL has passed by, but are Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia changing that?
The season is over for the Detroit Lions and the rest of the NFL. The Lions finished at the bottom of the NFC North and the Patriots won the Super Bowl. In other words, business as usual.
For the long-suffering fans of the Motor City that have been waiting 60 years for the Lions to return to championship glory and the wait continues.
Every time we feel like the football Gods just have to be fair and throw us a bone, they instead punish us with a loss that not even Einstein could calculate. Frustration turns to misery and misery turns to despair.
Welcome to Detroit Lions football.
Back in the early 1970s, the Dallas Cowboys became pioneers as they invested in computers. They were able to customize their database to use it for analyzing team and player information which put them ahead of the rest of the league in scouting opponents and player personnel.
Since then as technology has advanced, every team in the league has been working hard to gain every advantage possible to make their franchise champions.
Except for the Lions who refused to part ways with their abacus.
This is just one example of how the Lions have eternally stayed behind the pack. Their inability to have foresight as an organization, coupled with their inability to find the right front office personnel, coaches and players have become infamous.
That’s right, the one place the Lions can claim to be ahead of the rest of the NFL is ineptitude.
Three years ago Martha Firestone Ford hired Bob Quinn to be the general manager of the Lions with the idea that he could turn around this franchise.
He was considered the miracle man that could somehow spin the losing fiber of this franchise into gold. Change the years of darkness to light and finally allow the Detroit Lions to not only be contenders but to actually hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Like they say at Disney World, ‘fairy tales can come true.’ Or can they?