The Super Bowl is over and so it begins...
As Detroit Lions fans, our offseason usually started back before our annual Thanksgiving throwdown, but this year we were offered a glimpse of what it is like to have a winning team. Our Lions had met, if not exceeded, most expectations during the 2011 season. Many people and analysts had them pegged with an optimistic 8-8 record, but we were very privileged this year to garner our first playoff berth in more than a decade.
Many outside of Detroit have forgotten that, including preseason, we got to see a team that won 13 consecutive games dating back to the 2010 season. We got to witness a 5,000-yard passing quarterback in Matthew Stafford, becoming one of only four in NFL history to do so. And how can we forget Calvin Johnson, who solidified himself as the premier WR in the NFL?
With all of the improbable comeback wins, endless highlights and a front office that finally has a vision for success, we have a lot to be excited about for the future of the Motor City football franchise. Here is the beginning of a path towards New Orleans for the 2012 Detroit Lions.