That crazy man is me. I know the Lions got blown out. I know Stafford had 0 TD's and 3 INT's. I know the defense looked terrible. I know, I know, I know.
I saw a lot of positive things in the game. No, I'm not legally blind. I saw the defense get scorched quickly and easily by the Saints early, but I did not see the Lions give up. They came out and played despite the score. That's a "new look".
I saw the defense give up 45 points. I also saw a rookie have a huge impact on the game. The unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by Louis Delmas was bad but it showed he has heart. He had a great goal line tackle, a fumble recovery for a TD and played hard all day. That's a "new look" for Detroit.
The Lions secondary already equaled their interception total from last year. Detroit went for it on 4th down. That's a "new look".
Matthew Stafford threw the ball low. He missed a few routes. He threw 3 picks. But he looked confident. He looked poised. He looked like a "quarterback". That's a "new look" for Detroit.
Peyton Manning also had 3 interceptions and lost his first game as a rookie. Matthew Stafford is going to be alright. I like that he dressed casual and wore a Tigers hat in his press conference. We like that in Detroit. We are blue collar. We love sports. We are proud of the old english D. I like the kid's "new look".
Of course a slight jersey and logo change is not going to change a losing franchise. However, a new coach and a new quarterback can. A new mentality can. I am excited for this season. It's going to be tough. Rebuilding the city of Detroit is up to us. Rebuilding the football team in Detroit is up to them. Both will take time. But we can help each other. We always have. We always will. Go Lions.