Detroit Lions: Young, Dumb And Full Of…

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Doesn't know any better

Delusion.

What? Where did you think I was going with that?

There aren’t many people who will argue that the Detroit Lions won’t be improved in 2010. Hell, these guys won two games last season, so there’s not much room to get worse.

Still, you have to like the way this team is going if you’re a Lions’ fan (which I am not).

Quarterback Matthew Stafford will continue to improve in his second season and looks as if he may be the real deal. The Lions may actually have a serviceable No. 2 receiver to pair with Calvin Johnson, after signing Nate Burleson in the offseason. The team drafted running back Jahvid Best in the first round, so the running game looks set. If the team’s offensive line can hold up, the Lions’ offense could be solid.

The defense was the worst in the NFL in 2009, but the Lions have added defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh, Kyle Vanden Bosch, and Corey Williams, and cornerbacks Chris Houston and Ko Simpson. Seriously, there’s nowhere to go but up.

Anyway, what does all of this get you?

Well, the Lions will be improved. That’s for sure.

However, there appears to be a little bit of delusion floating around the Detroit locker room.

“My expectations are the playoffs at the least, and I don’t see why we can’t get that,” first-round pick Ndamukong Suh said. “I think we’re all excited with what we have. What I saw from last year, even though we went 2-14, that we had a great offense, and the offense needs some help on the defensive side of the ball.”

Hmmmm…

The guy’s 23 and probably has no idea the Lions haven’t made the playoffs since 1999, so we’ll chalk this one up to youthful exuberance.

Suh isn’t the only Lions’ player with high expectations, though.

Safety Louis Delmas, who looks like he may turn into a hell of a player, has similar expectations.

“If we get eight wins and we don’t make it to the playoffs, I’ll be pissed. So that’s what we’re shooting for,” Delmas said.

Maybe Delmas is unaware that zero eight-win temas made the playoffs last season, but hey, he’s 23 and entering his second season in the league.

So, we know this about the 2010 Lions. They’re likely to improve on their two-win total of 2009. They’re young. They have no sense of history. They’re not real bright.

Maybe that’s a good thing in Detroit.

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17 Comments on "Detroit Lions: Young, Dumb And Full Of…"

  1. Anita

    Yeah, and they take a off-the-cuff joking comment that Rodgers made on the radio and turned it into bulletin board material. Their own FANS says worse things about them than Rodgers did. Jay Leno makes nightly jokes about them. Yet, according to the Lions and the Detroit media, #12 took a shot. I saw one comment saying that there was now a target on his back and that Suh was going to “break his kneecaps” (note: it was NOT Suh that said this).

    Really, Lions? Really?

  2. RayV#7

    Playoffs? Louis Delmas is talking about the Playoffs? Playoffs? First of all, just because they added players here and there doesnt make them an 8 win team, Detroit has been the most active team in free agency these past few years and how did that turn out? thats rite, a 2-14 season so i dont know how Louis Delmas got the playoffs in his head but he is terribly wrong!

  3. Taryn

    The Wizzard of OZ was on and made me think?HMMm? Did the lion actually get courage and want to fight the evil witch(s) of the NORTH?
    Nah,if they see a broom they tuck the tail and hide in fear of more SWEEPING !

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  5. Taryn

    When it comes to the COWARDLY LIONS,does it really matter which direction they come from.It’s an unbiased broom,they get swept every whichway.

  6. Just thought I would check in over here in Packer land once again. I would like to say great job on signing three draft picks so far.
    That’s about as friendly as I will get here.
    I would like to point out that any player on my team, the Detroit Lions, had better believe they can win every time they step on the field for a game, or they had better just quit now.
    Obviously, from what I have read here, Packer players are not held to the same standards.
    Delmas is the new leader of the Lions defense, he has every right to speak out.
    Suh is the #2 draft pick and the future hope for a revitalized Lions defense. He is getting tons of press here, and he is young.
    Hold your players to a higher standard.

  7. jthom19802

    I would follow up with Imperical’s post to point out the humorous irony in the fact that you call out one of our players for “not having any idea” about something when you yourself clearly don’t have any idea yourself.

    If you think the House of Spears isn’t aware of the last time the Lions made the playoffs, then you have clearly done zero research on the guy or been following him in any way.

    I’m not bashing or hating or picking a fight or anything like that, but the #2 pick eats, sleeps, breathes, bleeds, and sh*** football. He is well aware of this team’s history and has been since the day after he put on that crisp, clean draft hat.

    As for not being too bright, I wonder how many 5th grade test questions your TE could have gotten correctly after our “dumb” safety knocked him into a parallel universe last year. Bet your TE won’t be “dumb” enough to try that again anytime in the next 10 years.

    Unrelated, I too will say nice job of having some picks signed; hopefully that ball starts rolling for us as well. That and I have always liked Driver, class act all around and I appreciate that no matter what team someone plays for.

  8. bowlingmegatron

    You are calling the Lions players young and dumb for predicting a possible playoff run.

    First of all, they are no the only ones making this possible prediction. Veterans Jon Jansen and Jonathan Wade also believe that the Lions might make the playoffs.

    Furthermore, the players did not guarantee anything. They just simply statied that it was a possibility and they would be disappointed if the Lions did not make the playoffs.

    If a player on any team does not believe that they even have a chance at making the playoffs, then there is no point in even playing.

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