Would Detroit Lions fans be disappointed by winning?

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There’s a real good chance the Lions won’t win

This past week I happen to have a few random separate conversations with some Lions fans that I did not know who told me in no uncertain terms that they are excited about what Brad Holmes is building, but want these Motor City cats to lose.

According to the national pundits, the Lions are expected to have a very meager season in the wins department with three or four wins seeming to be the popular prediction.

That would most likely allow the Lions to challenge for the top pick in next year’s draft, Which is exactly what these fans wanted.

In a rebuilding situation like this one, I admit that I’m less concerned about wins than the Lions showing actual progress on the field this season. Obviously the higher the draft pick, the better opportunity to get a blue-chip or franchise-type player.

But in light of this feedback from people I didn’t know from a hole in the ground, I was curious why they felt this way. The answer was the same in all of these random conversations I had; they want the Lions to use the first pick in next year’s draft to select their quarterback of the future.

Other positions like receiver, linebacker, and defensive back could be successfully addressed in free agency and with the Lions’ other draft picks. To get a franchise quarterback you have to have a premium pick.

In light of Detroit not securing a passer in this year’s quarterback-rich draft, I kind of thought that the Lions might use their top draft pick on one next year. I also knew I wasn’t the only one to have that thought.

That being said, almost every Lions fan I know is tired of being patient. They want to see the Honolulu Blue and Silver be competitive and win games. So I was slightly surprised by this particular theme I ran into last week of fans that were almost angry at the notion of this franchise possibly exceeding expectations.

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Perhaps the understanding of what Brad Holmes is building or maybe just the lack of confidence in Jared Goff has some fans willing to witness more losing for a season or two. Whatever the case, those particular fans might just get what they want. Unless Brad Holmes doesn’t select a quarterback.