The Detroit Lions’ 5 Biggest Red Flags Heading Into 2014

The Detroit Lions' 5 Biggest Red Flags Heading Into 2014

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The Detroit Lions have a lot to be excited about as the 2014 season approaches. With a new coaching staff in place led by Jim Caldwell and several key additions, the Lions have upgraded their personnel with the hopes that this will be an NFC North championship team. On the other hand, the Lions still have concerns that they need to address before the season starts. Here are Detroit's five biggest red flags heading into the 2014 season.

5. Lack Of Quality Cornerbacks

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5. Lack Of Quality Cornerbacks

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With the recent release of Chris Houston, an already thin cornerback group became even thinner. Outside of veteran Rashean Mathis, the team doesn't have a proven cornerback on their roster. While youngsters Darius Slay, Bill Bentley and rookie Nevin Lawson have plenty of potential, Slay and Bentley haven't been able to be consistent performers so far in their young careers.

4. Ndamukong Suh's Contract Talks

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4. Ndamukong Suh's Contract Talks

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The Detroit Lions and star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh have had contract discussions since the NFL owners’ meetings in March, and both sides have expressed a desire to work out an extension before the season. With Suh's rookie deal expiring this coming February, the Lions must work out a deal soon or else the Lions could risk losing Suh for absolutely nothing in free agency.

3. The Lions' Culture

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3. The Lions' Culture

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Under Jim Schwartz, Detroit's former coach, the players ran the asylum and were a poorly disciplined team. The Lions accumulated 110 penalties last season, with nine alone coming against Nick Fairley (pictured). Despite Schwartz's departure, the players who were the main culprits are still on the team. If the Lions have changed their internal problems, they can contend for a division title in 2014.

2. Last Season's Collapse

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2. Last Season's Collapse

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After starting 6-3, the Detroit Lions were in the driver's seat in the NFC North. The Lions could not capitalize on a golden opportunity, finishing 1-6 in the final seven games of the season, In that stretch, the team lost five games after holding a second-half lead. If the Lions have moved on from last season, Detroit is in good shape to contend for a division title and perhaps a Wild Card berth.

1. Which Matthew Stafford Will Show Up?

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1. Which Matthew Stafford Will Show Up?

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When things were going good last season, Matthew Stafford was one of the best QBs in the NFL. When things were going bad, he turned into a turnover machine. During the team's 6-3 start, Stafford had 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions. In their final seven games, Stafford had just 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. If Stafford can play like the first half of last season, the Lions will be good in 2014.


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