The Detroit Lions have been uncharacteristically busy during the 2013 offseason, and the early returns are very intriguing.
Perhaps, the 2012 offseason taught the Lions the dangers of not making big changes during the offseason, so they tried to make two offseasons' worth of changes in one year.
As a result, the Lions look completely transformed in almost every area, from the younger defense, to the transformed offense line, to the special teams battery, which is now missing the constant it has had since 1992.
Naturally, we won't know how good these changes have been until we see them in action, and even then, it will take time for everyone to grow together. But by this time next year, we'll be talking about the next crop of offseason moves, so it's better to examine this season's major free-agency moves and draft decisions while they're relevant, right?
Incidentally, if you're wondering what constitutes a "major" move, I'm defining it (somewhat subjectively) as moves in free agency that involve the signing (or departure) of a projected starter or primary reserve player.
If that's still unclear, you'll just have to look and see what I mean in more detail, so move along.
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