The Detroit Lions are one of 10 teams being linked to Tom Brady in free agency. He most likely won’t sign here, but if he did it should bring more urgency.
As usual, the Detroit Lions season has ended without so much as a whimper. This means, as usual, this franchise is home licking their wounds trying to figure out how they can make next season end differently.
There are plenty of big decisions for general manager Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia to make. The majority of which are on the defensive side of the ball.
Matt Patricia rode into town hailed as a defensive guru, but after his first season at the helm in 2018 when Detroit finished with the number 10 overall defense in the NFL, they plummeted to or near the bottom of the league in almost every defensive category this season.
It all started with the Lions anemic pass-rush. The defensive line did have plenty of injuries, but at no point did it seem like they were close to figuring out their pass-rush issues.
It also didn’t help that Matt Patricia doesn’t like to blitz and his linebackers didn’t play well in general, especially Jarrad Davis. Plus the secondary suffered from having to cover receivers for what seemed like an eternity every time opposing quarterbacks dropped back to pass since the Lions pass-rush was non-existent.
It was awful. It needs to be fixed and quite frankly, that is task number one this offseason. Mainly because the offense was a different story.
Matthew Stafford was one of the best in the league until he was injured. The offensive scheme was more diverse and imaginative than it had been under Jim Bob Cooter. Kenny Golladay is a budding star and there may be hope for the ground game with Bo Scarbrough and Kerryon Johnson if he can stay healthy.
But what if the rumors about the Lions possibly signing Tom Brady as a free agent came true? Would that drastically change the Lions’ offseason?