|Brady (right) and Manning (left) have guided|
their teams to the post-season the past 10 seasons.
|Stafford has what it takes to keep|
the Detroit Lions in the playoff
hunt for a long time.
I have witnessed many saying the Lions need more weapons for Stafford, while this may help, its not how great organizations do things. Denver saw their top two young wide-outs, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, perform poorly with mediocre quarterback play in 2011. They add a four time MVP and there play improves drastically to the point were Thomas is considered the top pro bowl snub.
Elite quarterbacks make the players around them better, period. The Lions believe they have an elite quarterback. I have suggested the Lions look at a few free agent options at Receiver, this won't include a high draft pick. The high selection of offensive skill positions have to stop, immediately. The Lions shedding disgruntled WR Roy Williams was neglected by a mediocre selection of TE Brandon Pettigrew with the 20th selection in 2009. Titus Young hasn't worked, Jahvid Best looks like his football days are over, yet another second round picks were used on Ryan Broyles and Mikel Leshoure. If things don't change this year, we're looking at a Millen esque tenure with the Lions for Martin Mayhew. Take a gander at the Packers Running Backs over the past three seasons and you'll see one undrafted player after another. Then look at the development of Joique Bell, an undrafted RB out of Wayne State for the Lions. What you won't see for the Packers, is a lack of resources poured into their defense. They have playmakers throughout, whether it be Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson or playoff hero Sam Shields. Mayhew claims he wants these playmakers, yet outside Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and Louis Delmas he hasn't put much effort into that area in the early rounds since his arrival in 2007. Defensive playmakers don't land in your lap, it take dedication and a keen eye of talent.
|The duo has its work cut out in hopes of leading|
the Lions back to the postseason.
Many holes must be addresses this off-season, and with a little luck we may see a turnaround in Detroit. They have playmakers on offense, and with a few additions on defense, we just may be watching them in the playoffs instead of another year of looking towards the draft in 2013.