10 Reasons Why Detroit Lions Fans Should Be Excited For the 2014 Season

The Top 10 Reasons Why Lions Fans Should Be Excited For The 2014 Season

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Each offseason, Detroit Lions fans get excited about the upcoming season, but once the season gets underway, their thoughts turn mostly to next season. Aside from a Cinderella 2011 season, there has not been much for Lions fans to be excited about in the last decade. Now with a new coach, new offensive and defensive coordinators and an improved roster, Lions fans should be excited for this season because of the following 10 reasons.

10. The Development of CB Darius Slay

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10. The Development of CB Darius Slay

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After working with Hall of Fame cornerback Rod Woodson this offseason, Darius Slay has been one of the most improved players from last year to this year. If he can translate his offseason work to the regular season, the Lions' secondary will be much better than expected.

9. The Trio of Eric Ebron, Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria at Tight End

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9. The Trio of Eric Ebron, Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria at Tight End

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With the addition of first-round pick Eric Ebron, Detroit now has three big tight ends who are good at catching the ball and making big plays in the passing game. Former first-round pick Brandon Pettigrew will be used more as a blocker but has proven to be a capable receiver, while former undrafted Joseph Fauria is a matchup nightmare in the red zone.

8. The Arrival Of WR Golden Tate

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8. The Arrival Of WR Golden Tate

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After not having a No. 2 wide receiver last year, the Lions finally get a capable complementary weapon to Calvin Johnson on the outside in former Seattle Seahawk Golden Tate. Detroit may have overpaid for him, but given that former Lions WR Nate Burleson's biggest contribution last year was breaking his arm while trying to save a pizza in his car, it was worth it.

7. The Growth of LB DeAndre Levy

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7. The Growth of LB DeAndre Levy

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Detroit's best defensive player last year was not Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley or Ezekiel Ansah; it was linebacker DeAndre Levy. Consistent throughout his career, Levy finally broke through last year, finishing with six interceptions and 117 combined tackles. Levy will only get even better in an attacking-style defense that new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will bring to the table.

6. The Tandem of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley at Defensive Tackle

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6. The Tandem of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley at Defensive Tackle

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Approaching their fifth and fourth years in the league, respectively, defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley have a lot to prove this season. Suh is playing for a lucrative contract after not getting one this offseason, while Fairley will be looking for a new contract as his rookie deal is set to expire. Players normally turn it up a notch when a big payday is imminent, so I expect both to be at their very best this upcoming season.

5. The Tandem of Reggie Bush and Joique Bell at Running Back

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5. The Tandem of Reggie Bush and Joique Bell at Running Back

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There may not be a better backfield tandem in the NFL right now than Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. Both runners had over 500 yards rushing and receiving last year, with Bush scoring a combined seven touchdowns and Bell scoring eight. The duo also finished second and third, respectively, on the team in receptions. In a new offensive scheme under Joe Lombardi, the duo should get even better in 2014.

4. The Passing Combination of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson

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4. The Passing Combination of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson

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The passing combination of Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson is one of, if not, the best in the NFL right now. From 2011 to this past season, the duo combined for 302 completions, 5,137 yards and 33 touchdowns. Now that the Lions have some more complementary pieces like Ebron and Tate around them, Johnson won't be seeing double and triple teams as much as he did last season.

3. New Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin

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3. New Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin

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Unlike former defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, the Lions will employ the blitz more than they have the past five seasons. With just mainly four rushers on each passing play, the secondary was torched because they didn't always get to the quarterback. Now with a more blitz-heavy scheme, the corners will get some much-needed help with an increased pass rush.

2. New Offensive Coordinator Joe Lombardi

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2. New Offensive Coordinator Joe Lombardi

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Although Joe Lombardi was not the man behind the New Orleans Saints' potent offense, he was the quarterbacks coach for Drew Brees since 2009. As the new offensive coordinator in Detroit, Lombardi will be asked to turn around Stafford, who is an elite passer but lacks in fundamentals. The offense should also be more exciting because of the versatility of the Lions' key offensive playmakers.

1. New Head Coach Jim Caldwell

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1. New Head Coach Jim Caldwell

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In both Indianapolis and Baltimore, Jim Caldwell has found a way to win. While he was not the man in charge, Caldwell helped both the Colts and Ravens win Super Bowls as an offensive-minded coach. Caldwell also brings a calming influence to Detroit, which was seriously lacking under the Jim Schwartz era. Lions fans should be excited that they have a proven head coach who has been a consistent winner throughout his career.


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  • raul739

    but as Lions fans we know it will all go to hell by the end of the season