NFL: The Detroit Lions Team Report Through My Eyes

IvanCorrespondent IJune 22, 2009

ALLEN PARK, MI - MAY 01:  Louis Delmas #26 of the Detroit Lions looks for a pass during rookie orientation camp at the Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility on May 1, 2009 in Allen Park, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Now I love the Lions as much as the next guy, most likely more. I've been keeping tabs on what they have been doing for awhile. They seem to have had a spectacular off season for a team that went 0-16.  They have added many new players and lost some of their extra weight. They have gotten a new logo with new jersey colors and all. But that's only a morale improvement. Let's start with the Coaching staff.


The Coaching Staff

Head Coach

In case you've been living under a rock, the Head Coach is Jim Schwartz. He's the old defensive coordinator from the Titans. Pretty respectable guy, so respectable that the musician Kid Rock has gone so far to say that Jim is the greatest coach Detroit has ever had. Something like that, don't quote me.

Offensive Coordinator

Scott Linehan is the new offensive coordinator. He has Dante Culpepper, who he helped coach in '02. I'm hoping and praying that he can turn Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson into Culpepper and Moss.

Defensive Coordinator

Gunther Cunningham took over the Lions defensive coordinator spot. Most recently he was the DC for the Cheifs. I think he's going to try and make Julian Peterson into a threat on this new and revamped Lions defense. We all know they have all the room to improve seeing they were most likely the worst defensive team in the history of the NFL.

The Defense

Probably the most exciting part of this new Lions team. I can't wait to see what they can do with all the new players they've gotten through the off season. I'm predicting that they may have one of the strongest core of LB's in the NFL.

Biggest Gain

I'm hoping Larry Foote will be the same for the Lions as he was for the Steelers. He was born and raised in Detroit and I'm actually pretty happy knowing that he'll only be here for a max of three seasons. Maybe he can give Peterson some tips.

Most Excited For

Louis Delmas. The guy is a beast. Many teams were afraid to get him just because he hits so hard. I've heard reports from training camp that he is working well with everyone, receiving nothing but praise from his coaches and that he is picking up quickly for a rookie.

I'm guessing he can be the greatest safety in the history of the Lions Franchise. I can't wait to see him play. Just don't let me eat my own words.

The Offense

Not the best offense I've seen. I mean really anyone remember this?

Hopefully they can pull it together and make some good transitions. It's hard to imagine that there is a single ray of light in this storm that is the Lions offense, but there is. Calvin Johnson. He was incredible for a team that went 0-16. I'm hoping he  can work well with who ever is throwing to him.

Biggest gain

Who else other than Matthew Stafford? He is in a heated competition with Daunte Culpepper for the starting job. Stafford has reportedly connected well with tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Unfortunately he will most likely be used as a blocking tight end, not as a receiver. Like I said before, perhaps Culpepper can teach him a thing or two. Then him and Calvin Johnson can turn into Daunte and Randy Moss.

Most Excited For

It's a tie. Calvin Johnson and Kevin Smith. Calvin Johnson because he may have a new QB throwing to him and I want to see how he adapts to it. Already having outstanding stats last year, I'm guessing he's going to be great.

I just want to see if Kevin Smith is going to break out this year. A lot has been put out on what his blog says and these promises he has. Hopefully he can put his money where his mouth is and get the Lions to the playoffs.