Detroit Lions: Three New Year's Resolutions For 2015
There were plenty of bright moments to celebrate in Detroit this past season for the Lions and its head coach Jim Caldwell.
And then there were the moments the team would just as soon forget. But the goal from the time he was hired as head coach of the Lions has been to win now, which led to a playoff berth and a loss to the Cowboys in a game the team dominated for the majority of the game.
The inconsistency on offense and the need to find a way to win on the road in Green Bay led to the team failing to claim the NFC North Division. This is a team that still has Calvin Johnson, who should be healthy in 2015 and a running attack of Joique Bell and Reggie Bush and Theo Riddick that should be much improved.
The Lions achieved the second best record in team history in 2014 – something to grow on.
Here are three New Year’s Resolutions the team should try to keep if they are to be a division champion in 2015.
SIGN NDAMUKONG SUH
There has to be a way to keep Suh in Detroit. As described by Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com, Ndamukong Suh is a transcendent talent, and the Lions would not have one of the top defenses in the NFL without him. Suh’s presence on the line freed up ends Ezekiel Ansah, George Johnson, Jason Jones and Darryl Tapp to consistently rush the passer.
FIND MORE CONSISTENCY ON OFFENSE
There were some bright spots, including both Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson going over 1,000 yards and the development of running back Theo Riddick. But the Lions were too inefficient throughout the season, had little to no run game for most of the year and somewhat predictable play calling.
LEARN TO BEAT THE PACKERS
The Lions had a chance at their first divisional title since 1993 in Week 17 against Green Bay. They ended up with one of their worst overall performances of the season, allowing Eddie Lacy to run for 100 yards and losing to Green Bay 30-20, their 24th straight loss in the state of Wisconsin.