Detroit Lions: Leadership in the secondary will help the defense

Detroit Lions (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Detroit Lions (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /
1 of 3
Stafford drops back
Detroit Lions (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Lions defense needs a big season to compete, but new leadership in the secondary should help the cause.

The Detroit Lions are getting comfortable with their new training camp routine at a time that the world is very uncomfortable. Yet the proof is in the pudding.

The Lions have basically gone two weeks since the false-positive test by Matthew Stafford for COVID-19. In the days following that failed test, Matthew was tested several times and they all came back negative. A positive for Lions fans.

But now that the measures being taken seem to be working, which is of course only going to continue throughout the season if players do their due diligence to make sure they keep themselves safe, the players are feeling comfortable and able to focus on preparing for the 2020 season.

Preparing to improve on a poor season that was certainly unacceptable by the standards that general manager Bob Quinn used to fire former head coach Jim Caldwell and bring in his long-time friend Matt Patricia to replace him. It has not been an easy transition.

Yet as we look ahead to the coming season, the big thing that jumps out at us is just how good Matthew Stafford was in Darrel Bevell’s offense last year and with the improvements that have been made around him, these Lions could be very good on offense.

Good as in exciting and explosive. Good as in if the Lions do follow through to have fans in the seats, in a limited capacity, of course, those fans could be treated to one of the most fun offenses the Motor City has had in quite some time.

It’s really ironic of course considering how Ford Field has sold out game after game for years and now that it can’t, the offense truly seems to be worth the price of admission. But before there can be any real success in the standings, the defense will have to make some major improvements of their own.