The Lions open training camp this week and for a team that has turned things around and that is supposedly on the up-track a great deal of questions exist going into the 2012 campaign.
Detroit is a young team with much talent, but talent can be squandered if a team is not disciplined. If the Lions are trying to follow the Dallas Cowboys handbook from the 1990s for off the field problems they are off to an excellent start.
If Detroit wants to overtake the Green Bay Packers in the division and take the next step in the progression needed to be a championship caliber team they must clean their act up immediately and stay focused as a unit.
DE Cliff Avril will be a no-show at the start of camp and he has not signed his tender offer either. 2012 first round pick OT Riley Reiff remains unsigned, but the team expects him to report to camp on time.
There are also many questions in the teams back field as well. Jahvid Best looks to return from concussion problems last season and the team should clear him for contact this week.
Mikel Leshoure will be back from the tore Achilles tendon injury that he suffered in the 2011 pre-season. Leshoure will be suspended the first two games of the 2012 season as punishment for his off the field problems.
The Lions defense will be of question and scrutiny in this year’s training camp. The team needs to address the defensive unit as a whole and more specifically the corner back position.
Can QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson repeat their performances from the 2011 season? Only time will tell. It certainly will not be easy.
This year the team enters camp with lofty expectations and it will be interesting to see if Detroit can return to the playoffs and continue the team’s growth into the upper echelon of the league.
The season opener against the St. Louis Rams is just around the corner. Welcome back football, we are all ready.