While the Detroit Lions have improved greatly this year, they are probably not a super bowl level team. It may be a bit early to look so far ahead, but just for fun, I will.
Here is a list of five things the lions need to do to win a Super Bowl:
Improve, Improve, Improve!
Stafford, Javhid, Leshoure, Fairley, Suh, Levy, Cherilus, Delmas, Spievey, Houston and Titus: These are just some of the Lions that need to vastly improve next year.
Just the improvement of these players makes the Lions almost a shoo-in for a wild-card berth. They all must work hard in the offseason to get better.
Upgrade RT, RG and C
Whether through the draft or free agency, the right side of the offensive line needs to improve in terms of run blocking and pass blocking. They have been average this year, but they need to get better indefinitely if they want to compete.
A playoff run this year would help greatly towards next year. Even just being in the playoff race will help. All this new experience will allow these players to play looser at the end of next season when looking for a playoff spot.
The discipline of this team has cost them two games, and maybe more. Whether it is the coaches' fault or the players', something has to change.
A good team does not draw dumb penalties and that is what the Lions are currently doing. This major problem must be fixed by next year.
The Lions need more depth on the offensive line, at receiver, in the defensive backfield and in the linebacking core. A new punter may be needed as well. These small acquisitions will be big next year if injuries strike us. Mayhew needs to strike gold on a couple of small pickups.
If all of these things happen in the offseason, the Lions are not only a playoff team, but a Super Bowl contender.
Martin Mayhew, work your magic!