By Chris Loud @cfloud on June 4, 2014
Winning teams make steps towards success from day one. It sounds like a high school coach’s motivational poster, but it’s true. The Detroit Lions need to accomplish improvement in key areas in order to reach the success their potential has prepared them to achieve. It all starts in OTAs or it doesn’t happen at all.
There was some serious hating on Nick Fairley this offseason, with accusations on his work ethic and fans showing support for the decision not to renew his contract. After a sleep apnea operation, a new healthier diet and a hunger to prove himself, the Lions need to strike while the Fairley is hot. If he ever lives up to his hype, things could get fairly interesting on that defensive line.
The Lions had some serious butter finger issues last season. Not all of that lands on the receivers, but the additions to the corps should help. However, the drop monster has reared its ugly head already in OTAs. This needs to be remedied, and quickly. It may be more on Matthew Stafford’s ball placement and timing with the receivers than just straight up bum hands.
It’s no secret now that Joe Lombardi is bringing over the offense he worked with while coaching for the New Orleans Saints. The guys need to be on board right off the bat. The sooner they hitch up and ride with it, the more fine-tuned it can become. There’s word of a no-huddle, which could be perfect for the Lions now top-notch offensive depth.
There’s been a renewed emphasis on team chemistry building on and off the field. They may sound a bit cornball at times, but these chemistry building techniques do work. The old adage that a winning mentality leads to a winning team became cliche for a reason.
The defense has been getting a lot of the positive reaction so far in OTAs. The young guns are looking solid, the new veteran additions are filling some gaps and new creative schemes are not going unnoticed. As poor as the defense has been for the Lions, these kinds of positive improvements must continue or the Lions' defensive cheese will continue to be Swiss.
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