A decade of losing can do funny things to a man's mind. It seems this Detroit Lions season has turned the loud-mouthed Bill "Huge" Simonson downright delusional.
Sure, we agreed that Jim Schwartz has a chance to be the kind of coach that the Lions have been searching for, but there is a big difference between blindly following a coach and admiring a coach's demeanor during a challenging first season.
We liked the play of some young players, particularly Louis Delmas and Zack Follett. That doesn't mean that fans necessarily believe the Lions are on their way to the Super Bowl.
If Bill Simonson expected a miraculous turnaround in one year then he is a bigger fool than I thought. Of course, that must be the enabler in me talking. Simonson's diatribe continues:
The truth is that the disastrous Millen years left the Lions like an expansion team without the benefit of an expansion draft.
Most reasonable Lions fans seem to be willing to give Mayhew a chance to see what he can do, even if they didn't agree with his hiring. Mayhew should get credit for fleecing the Cowboys in trading away Roy Williams and it appears he was able to find NFL talent in the later rounds of last year's draft, something Matt Millen could never accomplish.
No one is looking for moral victories. We're looking for evidence that real victories may be around the corner.