Additional Detroit Lions Info
The Detroit Lions are the team that you expect to compete year in and year out. Yet for some reason, they just can’t live up to expectations. 2017 was another one of those seasons for the team, as they finished 9-7, good for second place in the NFC North. So what did they do this off season to change that?
Their first move was to change head coaches. They fired Jim Caldwell and replaced him with Matt Patricia. Next, they released tight end Eric Ebron, a former high profile draft choice from just a couple of years ago that never panned out. In free agency, they signed linebacker Christian Jones, offensive guard Kenny Wiggens, running back LeGarrette Blount, tight end Luke Wilson, defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, linebacker Jonathan Freeny, center Wesley Johnson, and quarterback Matt Cassel.
For the draft, the Lions had just six choices, but made some head-scratching decisions with those choices, specifically round one, when they reached big time for center Frank Ragnow from Arkansas, a projected late-second round selection on many boards. In round two they went running back Kerryon Johnson from Auburn. In round three they went safety with Tracy Walker from Lousiana-Lafayette. In round four they went with defensive end De’Shawn Hand from Alabama. In round five they added some depth to the offensive line with tackle Tyrell Cosby from Oregon. They finished their draft with Nick Bawden, a fullback from San Diego State.
The Lions, regardless of changing head coaches, did not have a good off season. That does not bode well for 2018.
The Detroit Lions were founded in 1930 in Portsmouth, Ohio and for the first four seasons of their existence were known as the Portsmouth Spartans. The Spartans played their home games at University Stadium, now Spartan Municipal Stadium. In 1934 the franchise moved to Detroit after they were bought by George Richards, the owner of WJR-Detroit, one of the most prominent and well known radio stations at the time in the country. Richards purchased the Lions for a measly $7,952.08 and the move was official. The Portsmouth Spartans were now the Detroit Lions. The Lions originally played at the University of Detroit Stadium from 1934-1937 and again in 1940. In 1938 the Lions moved their home games to Tiger Stadium and remained there until 1974. From 1975-2001 they played at Pontiac Stadium and in 2002 they moved into their current home, Ford Field.
Lions Playoff History
Throughout their history the Lions have made the playoffs 17 times, just twice however since 1999, in 2011, and again in 2014. The Lions have won their division just four times- 1935, 1983, 1991, and 1993. They have also won their conference four times, the last coming in 1957. They have also won the league four times, the last coming in 1957.
Future Plans for Detroit Lions in 2020
Right now nobody quite knows what direction the Lions are going to go, or what they are even doing for that matter. With 2020 still in limbo, we will look to the past for what's ahead.
They have been trying with this current format since the turn of the decade and outside of a couple of wild card appearances, it hasn't produced very much. The Lions have been a "one trick pony" on offense for a long time now, and one-half of their only offensive weapons is calling it a career. Nothing is official yet, but reports are that All-Pro wide receiver Calvin “Megatron” Johnson has informed the Lions he intends to retire this off season. The other half of that one trick pony, quarterback Matthew Stafford, is frustrating a lot of people because he appears to be regressing. Some have even suggested that if Johnson does in fact retire, the Lions should trade Matthew Stafford this off season and use that as an official starting point of a rebuild. Guess it is just wait and see at the moment.
The Detroit Lions suffered through yet another poor season in 2018, finishing 6-10, and the worst team in the NFC North. As the season came to a close, and in the weeks that followed, there was serious speculation as to whether or not the Lions would opt to trade franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford. After all, Stafford recently signed a five year, 135-million-dollar contract extension, so the math would be incredibly difficult to figure out in regards to finding a taker for his contract and figuring out the cap hit for both teams. One of the suggested teams was the Giants, but nothing materialized, and the Lions elected to hang onto one of the league’s best quarterbacks.
In free agency, the Lions made a flurry of moves. They added tight end Jesse James, offensive guard Oday Aboushi, defensive back Andrew Adams, wide receiver Tommylee Lewis, tight end Logan Thomas, tackle Andrew Donnal, cornerback Rashaan Melvin, running back C.J. Anderson, and quarterback Tom Savage, all for one season each. The multi-year deals were corner back Justin Coleman for four years, defensive end Trey Flowers for five years, and running back Malcolm Brown for two years.
For the draft, the Lions ended up with nine selections by the time they were done wheeling and dealing. In round one they added another tight end in T.J. Hockenson from Iowa. In round two they started a run of four straight defensive selections, beginning with linebacker Jahlani Tavai from Hawaii. It is rare for a defensive player from Hawaii to be selected this high. Their next three selections were safety Will Harris from Boston College, defensive end Austin Bryant from Clemson, and corner back Amani Oruwariye from Penn State. The following three selections were offense- wide receiver Travis Fulgham from Old Dominion, running back Ty Johnson from Maryland, and tight end Isaac Nauta from Georgia. They finished their draft with defensive tackle PJ Johnson from Arizona. The Lions decided to hang onto Stafford and try one last time to build a team around him. We will see how this story ends.