The Detroit Lions have been in the national spotlight throughout the 2011 NFL season for an assortment of reasons. Their smoking start gave way to a semi-disastrous stretch convincing everyone that there are multiple events that need to occur before the Lions can be considered legitimate contenders.
Detroit is miles ahead of the position they inhabited for the last decade. The play of quarterback Matthew Stafford has signaled the realization of his potential, but there is still room for improvement.
Ndamukong Suh and his teammates have had difficulty reining in their emotions which has resulted in costly outbursts of stupidity.
Additionally, the media has begun to question Jim Schwartz's coaching style.
There is a sense that the Lions have the requisite talent, but there are a few upgrades left. Some steady contributors will not be able to sustain the proper level of play to justify retaining them.
The following changes aren't drastic but rather minor adjustments to enable the Lions to continue their course towards consistency.