Detroit Lions

If The Lions Plan On Improving The Offense In 2010: Call Martz For Help

1 Feb 2002:   Head coach Mike Martz of the St. Louis Rams holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after a press conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Martz hopes to be holding the trophy after the Super Bowl on Sunday.  DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr/Getty Images
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C PolkContributor IJanuary 6, 2010

Ahhh memories, the Lions had just beat Minnesota. The Offense looked potent, they stretched Minnesota's vaunted secondary thin throughout the game and we got a glimpse at how special Calvin Johnson was going to be. As we left the game chanting 2-0, I felt like we were on the track for good things.

Back to reality, after going 7-9 (while facing one of the toughest schedules in the NFL that year) and losing close games throughout the season against solid teams (Dallas and the Giants) the worst thing we did the worst thing possible. We lost faith in our passing attack even though it ranked 16th in the NFL. We ignored that our defense was (and still is) the worst in the league.We ran Martz out and tried to run the ball. The end result 0-16.

If the Lions want to get more productive offensively next year, they have to throw the ball. It's easier to set up a system that works offensively in the air than it is on the ground. Get a quick WR who can play the slot, get more screen passes for Smith, Brown and Felton, teach Stafford how to throw a screen pass, and set up more three drop pass plays so Stafford can stay healthy. Give him easy throws and put playmakers out in space.

While we don't have to go all the way back to Martz's style of play we must attack through the air. Look at this year's NFC playoff picture, name one team in the NFC that made it who can't move the ball through the air. They all do and when we can do that again (and keep a team under 28 points lol) maybe the Lions will finally be playing games in January again.


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