- Even though Jim Caldwell is out as coach, he made a good lasting impression
After the Lions lost to the Bengals and were eliminated from playoff contention, it was obvious that the Lions were probably going to move on from Caldwell after this year. With that being said though, during his tenure with the Lions, Jim Caldwell put this team in a better spot than when he left. Before he arrived, Lions fans expected to make the playoffs with the team they have and that was basically it. But, now the expectation is to make a run in the playoffs and they feel that they need a new head coach in order to do that. Caldwell did finish on a positive note though as he finished with a 5-1 divisional record against the NFC North and is the Lions’ winningest coach in the franchise’s history.
2. Matthew Stafford was on point in this game
Matthew Stafford was 20 for 29 passing for 323 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Basically, Stafford picked apart the Packers secondary. So much so, that Stafford even caught a two point conversion! Overall, Stafford had a great season for the Lions this year, finishing with an astounding 4,446 yards passing on the season with 29 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. To say the least, Stafford earned that big contract.
3. Jarrad Davis finished the season strong
Davis had a great game to close out the season as well. He finished with 12 total tackles and had an interception as well! Things are looking very bright for the 1st round draft pick out of Florida and Lions fans should expect him to progress year after year. This year, his weakness was pass coverage, but he will get better in that area and should become the team’s leader on defense within these next few years.
Overall, the expectation for the Detroit Lions this year was to make the playoffs and possibly make a run in the playoffs. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned for the team and they ended up finishing 9-7, which isn’t good enough for a playoff spot. Now, with Caldwell fired, the team looks to find a new head coach that can get them over that hump in the playoffs and make the team a serious contender. In conclusion, expect this offseason to be an exciting one for the Detroit Lions.