After reaching the playoffs, and giving their fans the most excitement the city has witnessed since they last reached the post season in 1999, Detroit started their offseason earlier then they would have liked. Detroit is doing what they can to make sure that they are superbowl contenders in the coming years. They are in the process of negotiating contract extensions with their coach Jim Schwartz and pro bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
Extending their contracts is a must; imagine what the Lion’s record would be without Megatron catching everything in sight for the Lions. During their horrendous 2008 campaign in which they went winless, Calvin Johnson somehow managed to shine by catching for over 1300 yards. Even more impressive is that he led the league in receiving touchdowns. Johnson accomplished this with a revolving door of quarterbacks that the Lions used during that season. This past season having a healthy Matthew Stafford at quarterback has made the Lions offense almost unstoppable.
Jim Schwartz has changed the culture in Detroit. Under his leadership the team that was the laughing stock of the league is now widely looked at as future superbowl contenders. The energy that Schwartz brings to the Lions team, you see in the players on the field, and with Schwartz himself on the side lines. His players may tend to push the line and have a reputation for being known as dirty players, but that is a lot better than being known for the team whose fans wear bags on their heads in shame. Schwartz has made the Lions believe in themselves and believe they are a team that can not only play with the best, but can be the best.
By signing Johnson and Schwartz to extensions, the Detroit Lions fan base sees the ownership believing in their team with the goal of keeping the Lions contending for the superbowl for years to come. All the Lions need now is improve their pass defense, and their ability to stop the run during key points of a game. The Lions must generate a competitive running game to help keep all the pressure off their passing attack. The Lions, who were a real good team this year, will be that much better for years to come.