The Detroit Lions are in unfamiliar territory with the 2022 NFL preseason running smoothly for them.
However, preseason success rarely translates into regular season winning.
But many fans believe 2022 is a different year for their Lions.
They have Aidan Hutchinson, the second overall pick from the 2022 NFL Draft.
They also have Jared Goff, who is looking to improve from his 2021 season with the Lions.
With these players, the Lions’ faithful believe their team is for real this season.
However, is this the reality in Detroit, or are they giving their fans false hope as they go into the 2022 NFL season?
Lions Preseason Success Comes After Last Two Preseasons Ended Horribly
After the Lions narrowly defeated the Indianapolis Colts in their August 20 preseason game, it was the first preseason win by them since 2018.
Lions WIN! Their first win in the preseason since 2018.
— Detroit Lions News (@DETPRIDE) August 20, 2022
Both the 2019 and 2021 preseason campaigns by the Lions would end with them not winning any games.
But now with Detroit finally seeing a preseason win for the first time in four years, it’s giving fans hope.
With Detroit finally playing better in preseason, it’s also giving the coaching staff a tough choice to make soon.
That problem is who to keep and who to cut as they need to cut their roster down to 53 players.
While that can be a good thing to have plenty of talent, it also means they need to make the right choices before the regular season kicks off.
Could Preseason Roster Cuts Ruin Lions Chances In 2022?
With the Lions needing both receivers and running backs going into 2022, they have some tough choices to make with players here.
The team currently has several running backs going into the 2022 season, something they will cut to three or four.
They also have 11 receivers, something they might narrow down to seven before the season starts.
However, the choices they make with these players are key, as they have some players who are impressive during preseason.
Tom Kennedy, who’s had a great preseason, still might get cut.
Tom Kennedy doing it AGAIN 🔁
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) August 20, 2022
With the Lions drafting Jameson Williams and signing DJ Chark during the offseason, few spots remain for receivers.
If the Lions make poor choices about who they cut, it could alter their chances in 2022.
However, one thing still looms over Detroit that can ruin their chances at a better 2022 season.
Coaching And Ownership Have Consistently Disappointed Fans In The Regular Season
The Lions haven’t been above .500 since 2017, and their last playoff appearance would come in 2016.
Poor management in the past by the Ford family and the coaches in charge have led to the team’s failures.
However, some fans seem to believe Shelia Ford Hamp and Dan Campbell will right the ship in Detroit.
But that faith is misplaced with these two people running things in Detroit.
Hamp comes from a family who’s failed at every turn with the Lions franchise.
Campbell is a coach who believes Detroit doesn’t need an elite QB to run things there.
With these two in charge, they will ruin any hopes of a better season for the Lions.