Detroit Lions: 5 Reasons They Can Overcome Their Offseason Troubles

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Detroit Lions: 5 Reasons They Can Overcome Their Offseason Troubles
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For the last nine months or so, the Detroit Lions have been on the radar of officials in both the NFL and state law enforcement. In that time frame, "Lions" and "trouble" have been synonymous, and I'm not talking about the results of the pass-rush.

Johnny Culbreath, Mikel Leshoure and Nick Fairley have combined for a total of four marijuana-related arrests and a DUI (alcohol).

Titus Young has gone upside the head of both a teammate and opponent on separate occasions.

And then there's Ndamukong Suh, who despite a relatively quiet offseason, has plenty to answer for with just his on-the-field actions in 2011.

Those are just the biggest issues—we're not even talking about the personal foul epidemic throughout the team or Handshakegate.

The point is, the Lions have a lot left to prove on and off the football field. They made the playoffs as a wild-card team last year, but in decisively losing their first game against a team they had played (and imploded against) earlier in the season, they may have raised more questions than they laid to rest.

The 2012 season will be an opportunity for the Lions to build on their success in 2011 and lay some of those discipline questions to rest.

And here are five good reasons why they can.

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