The Detroit Lions proved one of the more frustrating teams last season, dropping from a drought-snapping wild-card berth to their typical place in the NFC North basement. A confounding combination of talent and indiscipline make this one of the more difficult teams to gauge.
I know everyone and their grandparents is building their own Mt. Rushmore-type quartet for every franchise in sports this offseason, but I’m going to a pull twist on it I haven’t seen yet: only accomplishments over the past couple years will apply, in the effort create the most relevant set of four mountain-side faces as possible. So I’m crafting the Lions’ Mt. Rushmore to beat all Lions Mt. Rushmores: Whose face makes it in stone?
Calvin Johnson: Megatron cemented himself as the best receiver of the past couple years with his record-breaking 2012 campaign.
Matt Stafford: All the talent in the world but so many mechanical deficiencies, Stafford seems primed for the elite level if he can just put it all together. A tall order until he becomes less erratic.
Jim Schwartz: Many point to his postgame blow up on Jim Harbaugh when talking about the Lions’ lack of discipline, and this is fair, but it’s easy to forget how much of nothing this franchise was doing before Schwartz came along.
Ndamukong Suh: Suh is the player counterpart to the “Lions’ indiscipline” thesis people throw around when projecting their win-loss total of 2013, and their is some merit to it, but at the same time Suh’s rapid improvement and lack of penalties in 2012 date that kind of analysis in my opinion.