After the 2008 season the Detroit Lions hired new Head Coach, Jim Schwartz. Schwartz comes from Tennessee, where he was the Defensive Coordinator for eight years. In his time in Tennessee, Schwartz was a successful coordinator. In 2008 his Titan defense finished seventh in the league in total defense. Schwartz brings a superb defensive mind to the Lions.
Since being hired, Schwartz and the rest of the Lions front office have made great moves to improve the team. In 2009 the Lions drafted three players that were rated No. 1 at their positions.
With the first pick in the 2009 draft, the Lions found their future franchise quarterback. Mathew Stafford has all the tools to be a great quarterback in the NFL. Stafford also brings a positive attitude to Detroit. Stafford loves the challenge of turning the franchise around.
With their next pick, they drafted tight end, Brandon Pettigrew. Pettigrew is a very good receiving tight end. He will provide Stafford with a great target in the future. Pettigrew is also a great blocker. He should help the Lions, tremendously, in the running game.
With the first pick in the second round, the Lions picked up the top safety, Louis Delmas. Delmas has the potential for greatness.
Put these three young players with the ones the Lions already have, like Calvin Johnson and Kevin smith, and you have some very good young players with time to grow and gel together.
The Lions also acquired a good group of veterans to make solid additions to their defense.
Grady Jackson is a huge defensive tackle with a lot of experience. Jackson should help improve the Lions run defense.
Middle linebacker Larry Foote is a great player. He comes from a spectacular defense in Pittsburg. Foote isn’t the biggest or fastest, but he is a very solid starter at the position.
The best addition to the Lions defense is five-time Pro-Bowler Julian Peterson. He brings a great dimension to the Lions defense.
In the offseason, the Lions also brought in two new corners Anthony Henry and Phillip Buchanon.
The Lions defense should be much improved in 2009.
Detroit had a great 2009 offseason, but don’t expect the Lions to win more than four or five games in the up-coming season.
In the 2010 draft the Lions will likely be picking in the top five, once again.
The Lions are far from a complete team. They still have a very poor offensive line and still need help on both sides of the ball.
The Detroit Lions still have a lot of work to do, but Schwartz clearly has the team headed in the right direction.