Monday, August 08, 2005

NFC North Detroit Lions

Finished 2004 season 6-10, behind the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings

Key returning starters:
Joey Harrington – QB
Kevin Jones – RB
Roy Williams – WR
Charles Rogers – WR
Dre’ Bly - CB

The Lions coming off a disappointing season now hope that head coach Steve Mariucci can turn this team around. This is the year Harrington either steps up or gets replaced – on paper; this team is just too good to be finishing below .500. The Lions, probably having one of the best drafts in the off-season, picking up standout WR Mike Williams from USC, Shaun Cody DT from USC, which gives Harrington a lethal 1-2-3 punch at WR with Rogers, R Williams and M Williams, even their 4th WR in Eddie Drummond and the addition of Marcus Pollard TE from Indianapolis.

2004 Stats:
Ranked 24th overall in offense, #12 ranked in NFC
Ranked 22nd overall in defense, #11 ranked in NFC

Your thoughts on the Detroit Lions this upcoming 2005 season...strengths/weaknesses and your prediction on where they will finish in the division.


Blogger Steve said...

And I proudly present Super Bowl XL Champions, the Detroit....wait wait wait...Detroit hosts Super Bowl XL, man, with all that "on-paper" talent this team has, I keep forgetting that!

The Lions, not really sure where to begin with this team. This season is the season to answer some long-term questions about this team. Is Harrington the guy to lead them or leave them? Harrington needs to get it done, this team has all the right tools to be a playoff contender if Harrington would start producing.

You have a 1100 yard back in Kevin Jones, who is going to have a steller career, 3 WR who are capable of being more dangerous than the Rams WR trio or even the Colts trio, a solid defense and now a proven back-up QB.

Can Garcia be the man Mariucci turns to this season?

I look for Harrington to be the starting QB out of the gates, but Garcia will finish the season as the starter which means the Lions will yet again miss the playoffs with a 8-8 record.

8:38 AM  
Blogger RED said...

Well this is answer time for Joey Harrington. He has all the weapons a quarterback could ask for in Williams, Williams and Rogers and not to mention an up and coming Kevin Jones who should make a huge impact on the success of the Lions this season. I could really see Harrington flourishing in this system and if he can't get it done he has a wonderful back up in Jeff Garcia who I thought the Broncos should have gone for but that is neither here nor their. Look for Harrington to have a bust out season and toss for 3k and maybe 25 TD's. If the kid can keep his picks to a minimum we will see some great thing out of the Lions who are basically in a division up for grabs. I'm going out on a limb and say these Lions are going to battle for a division title with a 10-6 record.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Lance said...

Wow I might get a Mike Williams jersey also. These receivers potentially might be better then moss&porter soon watch out good for Harrington time to break out shake the NFC for your coach!! Watch the Lion roar(finally)!!

3:02 PM  

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