First ever Lions mailbag (by me), so lets dig right in:
Matt from Austin, Tx-“It looked like it could be a promising year for the o line, we’ve had a couple injuries now. How do you think the o line will fair this year?”
Losing Decker for at least half the season was a huge blow for this unit. In the offseason, Bob Quinn made it clear that the O-line was a top priority and to see it already falling apart is disheartening. But, bringing in Wagner and T.J. Lang are both upgrades and with another year of experience for Glasgow and Swanson, everything but left tackle seems to be in place. Personally, I think that Greg Robinson, former Ram and Top 10 draft pick, will win the job over Kouandjio but thats what training camp is for. When Decker comes back, if the O-Line plays the same as last year, I would call it a disappointment. I expect big things once the former Buckeye gets off of the IR. But until then, expect a performance similar to last year. Not great, but just good enough for Stafford to stay clean most of the time.
Mike from Ann Arbor, Mi-“What’s the biggest question mark in the lions D this year?”
For me, its pretty clear cut. The linebackers need to step up in a big way. Jarrad Davis, this years 1st round pick, needs to be pro ready come September 10th. The Lions also need contributions out of guys who are used to only filling niche roles, i.e. Thurston Armbrister and Brandon Copeland. I’m not worried about Whitehead, I feel he has proven himself as an NFL worthy LB and bringing in Paul Worrilow (former Falcon) will add a steady veteran presence. If they play at 80% of their abilities then they will be a middle tier LB group.
Christian from Okemos, Mi-“Is it even worth it to invest my time and hopes in this season?”
You would probably have better luck investing in K-Mart, Sears, or what ever Bernie Madoff is peddling. But on a more serious note, invest time and hope in every year that we have left with Stafford.
BONUS- Matt from Austin, Tx-“Calvin Johnson not only has the right, but should, shit talk the Lions.”
Correct. When you’re a generational talent and get your entire career wasted, you can talk some of that sass.