NFL Detroit Lions: 5 Long-Term Questions Team Needs to Answer Now

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NFL Detroit Lions: 5 Long-Term Questions Team Needs to Answer Now
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The Detroit Lions need to start thinking about the future, and they need to move quickly.

Martin Mayhew and Jim Schwartz have been so methodical, so balanced, so incremental in their continued improvement of the Detroit Lions roster, that many fans have become cynical about some of the moves left undone.

Why is a team built around Matthew Stafford protecting him with a left tackle fans perceive as less-than-ideal? Why is Calvin Johnson—due $14 million in 2012 and free agency in 2013—left hanging in the wind as this team finally has a ray of hope? Why is Dominic Raiola still in the NFL?

All of these questions and more need to be answered as soon as possible if the Lions are going to have continued success.

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