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What The Lions Need: Enough With The “What Ifs”

Can you start to imagine what would have been of the world if the Detroit Lions had made it to Super Bowl LVIII?

First, it would have probably shattered all Las Vegas NFL odds. The last time Detroit got a taste of what it was like to excel at football most of us weren’t even born.

What The Lions Need: Enough With The “What Ifs”
Amon-Ra St. Brown #14 of the Detroit Lions - Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

After putting on a season to remember, leading NFL betting fans to believe in the beginning of a whole new era of football in Motor City, Detroit came ever so close to making it back to the Super Bowl.

With the 2024 season ahead, coach Dan Campbell has both his coordinators back, the team’s core of players look ready to run it all back, and the team owns one of the best cap space situations in the league. What does Detroit need to focus on to make 2024 the season in which they go for it all?

 

NFL Draft: Time to Get Some New Defensive Studs

Let me put this as simply as possible. The Lions team don’t need any real help on offense. If it was up to scoring points alone, Detroit would have walked to a Super Bowl win as NFL betting lines favorites.

Yes, them team can always use a couple more offensive prospects here and there to groom for the future. But who are we kidding? What this team needs is to bring as much power as possible to its defense.

You can’t have a team be so good on offense, only to be mid on defense. Aidan Hutchinson can’t do everything. So why not cut the man some slack and bring in some top-caliber defensive rookies to build up a new-look Detroit defense?

Just because the Lions have the 29th pick in the 2024 NFL draft’s first round, that doesn’t mean that all the best defensive prospects will be gone by the time they get to pick. There’s enough depth and power defensively in this draft class to go around.

Plus, with coach Campbell’s ideology of what football is like, whoever ends up joining the team will probably turn into a football-driven monster before Week 1.

By targeting either a strong edge rusher or defensive tackle to start, and then buffing up the secondary with one or two cornerbacks and a safety, the Lions should be good. With any remaining picks, looking for an offensive tackle as a future option at the guard position could also come in very handy.

 

Free Agency: Hey Lions, How About You Treat Yourself

I can’t stress how much respect Lions General Manager Brad Holmes deserves. This man took on the task of turning a beaten-down squad into a title contender and a favorite for online football betting fanatics.

Holmes made the Lions cool again.

Now, this offseason with a projected salary cap space of $61.2 million, it’s time Holmes gets to doing some high-profile shopping for his squad.

Before shopping, though, if I were Holmes, my first focus would be to re-sign Jonah Jackson and C.J. Gardner-Johnson. By keeping both, the Lions can focus their attention on other positions to strengthen the team.

Once that’s done, I would shake the league up a bit by pulling off a hit job worthy of making the rounds in every NFL news outlet.

Given that I have enough money to flex, and that messing with divisional rivals is always fun, why not try to land Chicago Bears free agent CB Jaylon Johnson?

Johnson is the best CB in all free agency boards according to most NFL rumors pages. He would fit perfectly in Detroit’s defensive schemes. And let’s face it, if Johnson wants to get a taste of Super Bowl action, joining the Lions might offer him his best shot at it.

 

Outlook: Cue “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence & The Machine

Yes, that loss to the San Francisco 49ers hurt. In a way, I’m sure everybody was rooting for the Lions to make it to Super Bowl 58.

But if there’s something to salvage out of all this, it’s the fact that this was the first year of a whole new era of football in Detroit, and the Lions should be more than good to go for the future.

Am I ready to buy into the potential hype of Detroit winning Super Bowl 59 even if last season just ended a couple of days ago?

Yes, yes I am.

Call me what you want, but I believe that Detroit can make it to next year’s Super Bowl and win it.

Slated at +1200 in our odds to win Super Bowl LIX list, sit back and watch as those odds get even shorter as time progresses.

 

 

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