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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Detroit Shoots the Moon!

By the end, I was rooting for Detroit to go 0-16. What good is being bad if you can't be historically bad?

Detroit football fans will always carry the 2008 season with us, the way we Tiger fans carry the 2003 team with us. It will be like starting over for the franchise. To fail so publicly is to require everyone within the organization to acknowledge what needs to be done. Lots of teams go 2-14 and 3-13. This is something special and a badge of honor for us fans if the Lions, like the Tigers, figure out a way to turn things around. I'm optimistic. No matter the outcome, next year will almost certainly be infinitely better than this one.

The feeling here is that Detroit should completely ignore its offense this winter and take care of its comically bad defense. The Lions were outscored by more than 15 points per game this season and allowed nearly 5 yards per carry. They need big bodies in the middle to force opposing offenses off schedule. They have three of the first 33 draft picks in April. There are pieces in place, just not many.

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