Not so long ago, the Detroit Lions were a bottom-feeding team without a clear direction or a bright future.
That’s no longer the case.
In just one year, Dan Campbell’s team orchestrated a culture turnaround, and they continue to get better and be optimistic about the foreseeable future.
They added some very good players to the defensive side of the field, such as CBs Cam Sutton and Emmanuel Moseley, S C.J. Gardner-Johnson, and rookie first-round LB Jack Campbell.
That’s why Lions star Jerry Jacobs believes their secondary could be a dominant force right out of the gate and for many years to come:
“We got guys like Cam Sutton, C.J. (Gardner-Johnson). Them veteran guys, they’ve been in the room these OTAs and minicamp and they’re helping us out a lot with just learning the scheme and playing in the NFL and making the defense better,” Jacobs said, via NFL.com. “That just turns us up. Man, the guys that we added this offseason, I think that we’re going to be pretty dominant in the back end.”
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) June 27, 2023
While “dominant” could be a bit of a strong word, there’s no reason to believe that 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 they’ve now gone to great lengths to fix their biggest and most obvious issues this offseason.
They’ll kick off the season with a date against the reigning Super Bowl champions, taking to the road to try and give the Kansas City Chiefs a run for their money at Arrowhead Stadium, which will obviously be way easier said than done.
Then again, it’s hard to think of a better challenge to put their new-look defense to the test and prove to the doubters that they’re ready to compete once and for all after so many years of struggles.NEXT: Fans React To The Lions' New Helmet Announcement