Detroit Lions: Most Important Pieces to a Postseason Run Not-Named Stafford

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Detroit Lions: Most Important Pieces to a Postseason Run Not-Named Stafford
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The NFL Draft, free agency and likely the rest of the Detroit Lions' overhaul is finished. With the major acquisitions out the way, it's safe to finally project and predict what happens next season.

The Lions fell far behind the eight ball last year. After a playoff cameo in 2011, Detroit followed up with a 4-12 record. The season was plagued with injuries, lack of depth, the inability to close games as well as just win.

Plenty players underachieved last year also resulting in the team's struggles, including quarterback Matthew Stafford. Whether it was the lack of healthy weapons, or just a mental step backwards, Stafford clearly wasn't the player fans expected to see. Broke down mechanics along with side-arm and rushed throws filled the majority of Stafford's season.

Being the franchise quarterback in a pass-heavy offense, it's imperative Stafford rebounds after struggling. But outside of Stafford, where else do the Lions need to look for answers next season?

Here are the other important pieces to the Lions making it back into the postseason equation. 

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