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12-28-2018, 07:59 AM,
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Football Outsiders Q&A Part 2: How much can the Detroit Lions’ running game improve in one year? The post-Barry Sanders Detroit Lions and a running game go together like oil and vinegar. Try as they might every season Youth Kerryon Johnson Jersey , but the Lions just cannot seem to establish the run. They’ve tried back after back and even offensive lineman after offensive lineman, but nothing seems to work.However, there finally seems to be some hope in Detroit. The Lions have a slew of talented backs headed into 2018, and many believe general manager Bob Quinn added the final piece of the offensive line puzzle by drafting Arkansas center/guard Frank Ragnow with his first-round pick this year. Throw in a brand-new, experienced offensive line coach and an exciting rookie running back and there’s reasonable justification to be excited about a running game in Detroit.But how high should expectations be after finishing as the league’s worst rushing attack over the past three years? How high could this running attack rank in 2018? To answer these questions, we went back to Football Outsiders’ Scott Kacsmar for some answers. If you missed Part 1 of our interview about head coach Matt Patricia’s bend-don’t-break defense, check it out there. Question 2. The Lions finally have some optimism surrounding their running game. What are realistic expectations for improvement in one offseason? Kacsmar: Kerryon Johnson was an exciting draft pick, and LeGarrette Blount seems to produce everywhere he goes except for Pittsburgh. The backs always get the headlines, but this was really more of an offensive line issue. The line ranked 21st or worse in adjusted line yards in every direction (left end, left tackle Color Rush Taylor Decker Jersey , mid/guard, right tackle, right end). No one had good rushing statistics behind that line last season. You have to hope that Taylor Decker stays healthy at left tackle, and that rookie Frank Ragnow is as good as advertised. They’re a much better line on paper this year, but it’s also true that players like T.J. Lang and Ricky Wagner are just better suited in pass protection. It’s still going to be more about Matthew Stafford and the receivers, but Detroit definitely needs to see a boost in the running game. Too many resources have gone into the offensive line and backfield for things to not improve there.For more content from Football Outsiders, check out their store, which includes their always fabulous Almanac.Wednesday’s topic: Can the Lions’ defense succeed without a pass rush? The Lions have played only ten games this year, the first season for Matt Patricia as the head coach. Already, the organization is providing him with the oft-dreaded vote of confidence.“I do think it’s important for the fans to know that we have a great head coach and a great General Manager and we have a great plan in place to build a foundation I聽think for success Frank Ragnow Jersey , not only hopefully this year, but for many years to come,” Lions president Rod Wood told WWJ-TV on Sunday, via Mlive.com.Although for many coaches comments like that would be a harbinger of doom, the Lions surely won’t be making another coaching change so quickly. The core problem continues to be the culture shock that the locker room undoubtedly is experiencing as Patricia tries to bring the Patriot Way to the Motor City.The players aren’t used to it, the local media is confused by it, and the absence of short-term results are making too many people believe it will never work.Here’s the reality: Nothing has worked for most of the last 60 years in Detroit. Any team that commemorates the 25th anniversary of its last playoff win and/or the 25th anniversary of its last division title has not been a good team, and the Lions haven’t been a good team for a very long time.That’s what Patricia is working against, and the question becomes whether the organization and the fan base will be patient enough to let Patricia incorporate the things he’s learned by spending more than a decade with the organization at the opposite end of the NFL spectrum.
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