Detroit Lions: Why do fans think ‘progress’ is a dirty word?
By Robert Jones
A better tomorrow starts with progress today
The other sign we should all not ignore is how this team is being handled by this new regime. New general manager Brad Holmes was hired by principal owner Sheila Ford Hamp. Then she hired head coach Dan Campbell and put them together in a shotgun marriage.
This was a major concern and for good reason; if the general manager and head coach can’t work together, then there is almost no chance of them fielding a winner.
Yet putting Holmes and Campbell together has been magic. Holmes pulled off the Stafford trade and received a pair of future first-round draft picks along with a third that turned in hard-hitting cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu, and Jared Goff who will give Detroit a quarterback that has won in the NFL.
Meanwhile, Campbell put together a coaching staff that has received many accolades considering that he was considered nothing more than a ‘Meathead’ by the national press.
But how about their ability to work together. Both Holmes and Campbell have been nothing but complimentary of each other, yet actions speak louder than words. By that, I mean that every Lions fan should watch the draft version of ‘Inside the Den’ that dropped a couple of weeks ago.
Under the pressure of the draft, they worked as a selfless team. They both absolutely loved every pick they made and in the process built a foundation for this franchise.
Now Dan Campbell and his staff have to earn their keep by taking what they have and getting those players to compete from the opening kickoff until the final whistle and execute their assignments consistently well.
Even without loads of talent, that recipe will allow these Lions to be competitive. It may not equal as many wins as we want, but it does create a standard and a definite course in the right direction.
Lions fans everywhere want to win. I don’t blame any of you for being impatient, but to build this right we need to have patience because our best chance for a better tomorrow starts with progress today.