Meet the New Lions, Same as the Old Lions

Adam LaFranceContributor IAugust 25, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 28: Kevin Smith #34 of the Detroit Lions leaves the field after a loss to the Green Bay Packers on December 28, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 31-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

It’s next to impossible to judge the Detroit Lions based upon preseason action.  They went undefeated last preseason then proceeded to wander about the United States in a daze during the regular season as they got their cans handed to them by every team they played against. 


But at least they’re in Canton!


During the offseason, they’ve been somewhat revamped.  There were substantial upgrades at linebacker.  That pretty much sums it up.


As far as the draft goes, let’s be honest.  They squandered two first round draft picks by choosing players that were definitely not needed to build the team. 


Historically, quarterbacks drafted No. 1 generally do not do well in the NFL.  The odds are against Stafford being successful even with a decent team, and Detroit is definitely not a decent team.   


And picking a tight end?  They gave up Roy Williams for a tight end?  A tight end that hasn’t played a preseason snap because he’s already injured?  Not a good sign at all, my friends.


But they got linebackers!


Last season, Detroit did so awful primarily because of poor play on their offensive and defensive lines and poor play from their secondary.  Based upon what they’ve been showing so far in the preseason, they are having problems on their offensive and defensive lines as well as their secondary.  They did nothing to really significantly upgrade any positions that contributed directly to their historical run last year. 


Fellow Lions fans, it’s going to be a long season!