foshman Rates the Detroit Lions





Detroit Lions

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Sports:
Football
League:
National Football League
Venue:
Location:
Allen Park, MI United States
Conference:
National Football Conference

Season Outlook Analysis

Offense
Position
Quarterbacks
B-
Stafford is a very good to great quarterback when everything is going right. He's just an average to good quarterback under adverse conditions, so far.
Running Backs
B+
Kerryon Johnson looks like the real deal and CJ Anderson insures the offense can compete if/when Johnson misses a game or two.
Protection & Blocking
B
The recent first round selections are starting to look good.
Receiving
B
We'll learn if Golloday is capable of being a number 1 receiver. Marvin jones is a steady hand across from him and TJ Hockenson is the wild card.
Skills
Speed
B-
Production
B-
Big Play Ability
B+
Consistency
C+
Red Zone Success
B-
Skills Analysis Notes
Johnson and Golloday provide some hope of consistency and big play production. Hockenson certainly looks the part and he should give the Lions offensive staff the ability to create some mismatches without substituting. I expect a more productive offense in 2019.
Defense
Position
Defensive Line
B-
I feel like this defensive line took a step back with losing Ansah. I do like the Mike Daniels signing though.
Linebackers
B
Defensive Backs
B-
Slay is solid but Tabor just doesn't have the speed to play man coverage.
Skills
Passing Game Defense
C+
Stopping the Run
B-
Controlling Field Position
C
Stopping The Big Play
C
Causing Turnovers
C+
Skills Analysis Notes
Maybe the Lions can make up with scheme what they are losing with Ansah but last season they had a play maker at each level of their defense and they are lacking one along their line this year.
Special Teams and Coaching
Special Teams
Place Kicking
B
Punting
C+
Kickoff/Punt Returning
B-
Kickoff/Punt Coverage
B-
Coaching
Effectiveness
B-
Preparedness
B-
Decision Making
B-
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
I'm not yet sold on Patricia, although the Lions have shown improvement in some key areas.
Overall Team
Overall Team Grade
C
Analysis
The Lions have a lot to prove and need some play makers to step up and become on the field leaders. They have plenty of candidates on offense to do this.
Last season, did the team
meet your expectations?
Met My Expections
Expected Wins
7
Expectations/ Outlook
I expect an offensive resurgence in Detroit. I'm not sure the defense will be able to keep up in a tough division.