The goal of any team in any given season is, unequivocally, to reach and win the Super Bowl.
It sounds absurd in the aftermath of a 4-12 season, particularly while the Super Bowl is going on without them, but the game 12 months from now is theoretically within reach. Not just a winning record or a playoff run, but the Super Bowl.
So far out of reach that it shouldn't be a team goal? Absolutely not.
That's the beauty of the game; at the beginning of the season, each team can be optimistic about a Super Bowl run. It's not NCAA football where teams have to rely on strength of schedule, name recognition and conference standing for a title shot.
Play, win, Super Bowl. It's that simple. The Lions, along with 31 other teams, will go into the season assured that if they just execute the plans they've set forth over the spring and summer months, they'll be bound for immortality.
So then, the question is, what do the Lions do over the next seven months to turn their delusions of grandeur into actual, tangible greatness?
It's going to be a long process full of decisions that some laud and others question (and still others threaten to end their fandom over).
It will be about seven months until the Lions' next opportunity to prove themselves on the field. This is what they can do in the meantime to ensure they can.
Note: Salary figures are going to come up a lot in this, so as a blanket attribution, all salary figures come via spotrac.com.