For the first time since 1999, Detroit's beloved team roared to the tune of four straight wins. Being competitive became some type of norm within the team. Fans who had been rooting for their squad to become something other than a bottom dweller were riding a Super Bowl high.
Detroit was near pandemonium over four wins.
The hunger was teased. Like any other living object, once you feed them a short portion, they will do anything to complete the void.
Unless the hunger isn't constantly impeding.
Before we jump on the 2011 bandwagon, there are some major factors to consider.
Yes, Lions fans, the desire to win is there. Now that the beast has seen the light of day, it's time for success to let loose.
And as fans, there is nothing we can do from our armchair.
The truth is that the Lions have not had a winning season in ten years. Maybe it's the Honolulu blue pessimism in me, but the road is still uphill. In order to move forward, the right moves this offseason have to be made. The team that returns to the field in 2011 could be playing rookies at key positions. Turning the hunger into fruition is the next step that Lions fans and personnel have not seen in our lifetime.
Sure, in the '90s the Lions put together some winning seasons with playoff appearances. In 1991, they even went to the NFC championship game after blowing out a Cowboys team that won the Super Bowl the next season.
But what the Lions community is shooting for isn't one successful season. The goal is to build a dynasty that in a way emulates the success of those Cowboys.
So far the Lions are following the script.
The Cowboys went 7-9 in 1990 before qualifying for their first playoff game in six seasons.
A lousy 1-15. New Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stuck by his coach Jimmy Johnson because he believed in him. Cowboy nation could see something special brewing in NFL Draft products Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin.
Of course, it would be considered jumping the gun if Lions fans assume that Matthew Stafford, Jahvid Best and Calvin Johnson are at the same level as those three Hall of Famers. But the pieces seem to be in the place.
The question is do the pieces put together a puzzle.
There is no doubt there is some work to do this offseason. The Lions defense has gaping holes in the secondary and line-backing corps. Ten receivers compiled 89 yards or more last season against the Lions cornerbacks. All of those ten did it with ten or less receptions. Five of them did it in five receptions or less. The front line, led by general Ndamukong Suh, is ready for battle.
The special forces in the secondary need to find a way to stop the big play.
There is hope instilled in the Lions fan camp after last season and we are behind this team more than we have ever been. The Lion is out of the den.
Here's to hoping the animal feeds on the desire to win in 2011.
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