The Detroit Lions started as one of the elite teams in the NFC in 2007, with a 6-2 start. It was looking like John Kitna's guarantee of 10 wins was easily within reach.
But the Detroit Lions became the Detroit Lions, and only won one of their remaining eight games.
This year, the Lions have lost a few players—Kevin Jones and Shaun Rogers, just to name a couple. Neither one is a huge loss. Jones missed most of the Lions wins in 2007, and I don't remember the last time he finished a full season.
We already have Tatum Bell and Wisconsin standout Brian Calhoun, who hasn't had much playing time yet. Although, I do think the Lions will draft a RB in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft, possibly Felix Jones if he falls that far.
Then we have Shaun Rogers. What do you remember of Rogers in the last few years? Weight problems! One interception for a touchdown! Injuries!
When is the last time he did something significant? In 2007, I saw more of him on the sideline than anywhere else. He needed to be out there on 3rd-and-3, 4th-and-inches, but he was MIA.
In 2008, my opinion is that the Lions will go 9-7 or 10-6. Kitna will have another good year. Roy, Calvin, and Mike will all have their games. And Tatum Bell will get some running room with improvements to the offensive line with first round draft pick Jeff Otah.
We even have one of the top tight ends in the game in Michael Gaines now.
We are going into the season with some great talent on the offensive side. Our only problem is the young defense. Who should step up this year after the chemistry built up late last year?