After a disappointing season in which the Detroit Lions significantly underperformed—in every aspect of the game—they now enter the most important offseason of the Martin Mayhew/Jim Schwartz era. They've had a chance to build their team; now it's time to put up or shut up.
Finishing 4-12 was an embarrassment, particularly when considering the talent the Lions have at key positions. They're a better team than their record indicated.
Yet in the NFL, you are what your record says you are, to quote Bill Parcells.
That's why this offseason is so important. It doesn't matter how much talent they have; if they finish the 2013 season with a record similar to 2012, the Ford family has made it clear there will be major changes.
Mayhew and Schwartz must pull all the right strings if they hope to stick around beyond next year.
Here are the Lions' biggest questions that need addressing this offseason.