Would Detroit Lions fans be disappointed by winning?

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D'Andre Swift, Detroit Lions
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What if the Lions catch lightning in a bottle?

So with mediocrity being the norm for the Lions, losing isn’t anything new. Quite frankly it’s business as usual.

The odd seasons that the Lions do find a way to be competitive until they pratfall back to reality is the anomaly. However, that false success does excite the fan base up to the point their Honolulu Blue and Silver heroes fall flat on their face.

When the party is over, all the fans have left is the reality that it hurts to be a Lions fan because fate has been beyond cruel to them.

However, the new regime of Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell have been a breath of fresh air. They have been different than so many regimes that have come before them. Especially the last one.

Holmes and Campbell have rolled up their sleeves and assembled an impressive coaching staff and added impressive pieces in the draft to make the line play on both sides of the ball competitive.

Again, it’s a starting point, but what if these Lions found a way to catch lightning in a bottle this fall fueled by improved line play?

D’Andre Swift seems poised for a breakout year. Suppose he does break out and the ground game is highly productive and the much-maligned receiving corps actually steps up giving Jared Goff a passing attack to help balance the offense?

Then what if the defense is able to play at a competent level with occasional flashes of better times to come? The combination could make the Lions more competitive than expected.

This could of course be considered a successful start to the Holmes/Campbell regime leaving the fans hopeful of better days finally materializing.

It could also have the opposite effect. Is it possible that maybe the fans want to see the Lions make progress on the field, but hope for a losing season that allows the Honolulu Blue and Silver to compete for the top draft selection in next year’s draft?