The Detroit Lions, like most of the NFC North, are embarking on a rebuild. The team is ahead of some of their competition in that aspect, though, given they had a year head start on their rivals.

While Detroit struggled on the field in 2021, they’ve taken some major steps forward in the offseason, and that’s something which even general managers that used to compete against them can recognize.

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Recently, Pro Football Focus and writer Doug Kyed took a closer look at trying to figure out what team could become this year’s Cincinnati Bengals and perhaps go worst to first in order to achieve major playoff success. In the piece, Kyed talked with Rick Spielman, former general manager of the Minnesota Vikings, to get answers. Spielman was fired this past offseason, so he’s had a front-row seat to the ups and downs of the Lions.

As expected, there wasn’t a ton of love for the Lions in the piece as a whole, and attention in terms of teams ready to take the next step focused elsewhere. Spielman, however, did offer a candid answer on where he thinks Detroit is at. As he said, while it could be a longer process to winning, the team could have enough to keep things interesting right now.

“Lions are not there yet, but they got a ton of young weapons on the offensive side of the ball. If (running back D’Andre) Swift can stay healthy and Chark that they signed and (rookie wide receiver Jameson) Williams and (tight end T.J.) Hockenson. It depends if (Jared) Goff is that future franchise quarterback or not. Their defense should be better, but I think the Lions are going to be a lot better than people think too,” Spielman said in the piece of the Lions.

Spielman, of course, it should be noted, is the brother of Lions advisor Chris Spielman. As a result, he could have a better grasp of what’s going on in the building than many, making his words carry extra weight. To that end, he sees the team as dangerous now while being potentially even more dangerous in the near future.

Lions fans will take this praise for sure, as it’s become a theme this offseason …read more

Source:: Heavy.com

      

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