Not too long ago, the Detroit Lions were a bottom-tier team without a clear direction or a bright future.
That is not the case now.
In just one year, Dan Campbell’s team planned a change in culture, and they continue to get better and are optimistic about the near future.
They included some very good players on the defensive side of the field, such as CBs Cam Sutton and Emmanuel Moseley, SC CJ Gardner-Johnson, and first-round rookie LB Jack Campbell.
Here’s why Lions star Jerry Jacobs believes their secondary can be a dominant force right out of the gate and for many years to come:
“We got guys like Cam Sutton, CJ (Gardner-Johnson). They’re experienced guys, they’ve been in the room at these OTAs and minicamps and they’re helping us a lot to learn the scheme and play in the NFL and improve the defense,” Jacobs said via NFL.com. “That just excites us. Man, with the guys that we’ve added this offseason, I think we’re going to be pretty dominant in the back end.
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— Around the NFL (@AroundTheNFL) 27 June 2023
While “dominant” may be a bit too strong a word, there’s no reason to believe the Lions can’t win their division next season, especially now that Aaron Rodgers is no longer with the Green Bay Packers.
The Lions finished the season strong and were on the verge of making the playoffs, and now they’ve gone to great lengths to fix their biggest and most glaring issues this offseason.
They will begin the season with a date against the defending Super Bowl champions, hitting the road at Arrowhead Stadium to give a tough fight to the Kansas City Chiefs, which obviously will be easier said than done.
Then again, it’s hard to think of a better challenge to test their newfound defense and prove to doubters that they are ready to compete once and for all after so many years of struggle.
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