Realistically, what do you think of the Detroit Lions chances next year?
The linebackers have been the strength of this defense for a while now, and still look good. Currently, the projected starters are Deandre Levy/Larry Foote, Ernie Sims, and Julian Peterson. Levy is a young player who really impressed coaches last year in his playing time, and his only competition won 2 Super Bowls as part of a terrific defense. Sims is an established starter, and still only about to enter his prime. Peterson is still a good linebacker and was a Pro Bowl alternate this past year.
The defensive backs can only get better. Delmas and Bullocks are both good safeties that have impressed. Bullocks missed most of the last three seasons with injuries, but should be back healthy this year. There are rumors that the Lions like Kyle Wilson of Boise State and may draft him with their second round pick if he's still on the board. That will help their secondary.
Offensively, they are pretty much set on their skill positions. Stafford won't repeat last year's disaster of a season. Johnson is, well, nothing less than a beast. Smith played 90% of last year hurt. And he played till he couldn't walk anymore. His replacement came in the following week and ran for over 100 yards. Pettigrew should come back healthy and be a beast at tight end. If the Lions get another decent WR to help take away some of the pressure from Johnson, that helps them a lot.
The offensive line gave some great running holes early last year, when Smith was still healthy. There's no reason that they can't repeat that. The coaches think Backus is a good fit at left tackle. Chances are that in the later rounds they might draft offensive linemen. This unit is the only real question mark, but good QBs have shown the ability to play well, regardless of how crappy the offensive line is.
On paper, I think this is a 10-6 team. HOWEVER, just because of William Crap ****** still stealing air from us more deserving of it, I'm saying that the Lions go 6-10.
And please, forget that 19-0 crap I've been feeding you guys for a while for this question.