Detroit Lions: 3 biggest disappointments of 2020

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Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (72) (Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports) /

In another lost season for the Detroit Lions, these were the biggest disappointments

If you are a fan of the Detroit Lions, you are used to being disappointed. Unfortunately, it appears to be part of the job description after waiting nearly 30 years for another playoff win. And 2020 is no exception.

While the recent firings of general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia offer hope for a better tomorrow, there are five games yet to be played in what appears to be yet another lost season. Below, we’ve try our best to determine what have been the three biggest disappointments this year in the Motor City.

#3. Halapoulivaati Vaitai’s big contract

The Lions’ decision to move on from trusted multi-tool offensive lineman Graham Glasgow this offseason and sign former Philadelphia Eagles’ backup Halapoulivaati Vaitai instead appears to be one of the biggest missteps in the former regime’s time in Detroit.

Quinn and company were quick to dole out a healthy five-year, $50 million contract to Big V, despite the fact Vaitai had started a mere four games over the past two years in Philly. And through seven starts in the Motor City this year, he’s posted an overall grade of 65.3 and allowed five sacks according to Pro Football Focus.

Granted, Vaitai was recently sent to Injured Reserve with a foot injury, which is something he’s been struggling with since training camp. But the fact he’s been playing mostly at guard, the spot vacated by Glasgow, despite being paid offensive tackle-worthy money has made his first season in Motown a bust.