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It is been a extended, extended time because the Detroit Lions have been genuine contenders. Is this franchise lastly prepared to exorcise the demons of their previous?

Currently, the Detroit Lions will commence their second season of the Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia regime. Currently will be the chance to take their initially step towards what we hope, and they anticipate will be an fascinating journey to the playoffs and a vibrant new era.

We all are incredibly conscious of what occurred final year. Matt Patricia arrived on a tidal wave of expectation and then all the hopes and dreams of Lions fans everywhere have been burst as the New York Jets, led by a rookie quarterback, slammed this franchise and its fan base back to reality in the opener on Monday Evening Football at Ford Field.

A season is under no circumstances genuinely more than on opening day, or evening as the case was final year, but following what could only be described as kidney punch with a sledgehammer, the air was not only knocked out of the fan base but seemingly out of the Lions as nicely.

The joy of higher expectations was turned into misery. Numerous fans have been left believing that championship magic can merely under no circumstances occur with the Detroit Lions.

It was a season of Jim Bob Cooter’s predictable offense not only sputtering but embarrassing themselves and their fans. A season of child methods just before we began to see some significantly-anticipated outcomes on defense.

When the dust had settled the Lions have been six-10. They under no circumstances seriously challenged for any postseason consideration and have been looked upon as the ‘same old Lions’ by several of their unhappy fans.

But devoid of any apologies for a significantly a lot more disappointing season than had been anticipated, they moved complete speed ahead into the offseason and addressed their deficiencies. They sent Jim Bob Cooter packing and hired veteran offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell to repair the offense. They also addressed several personnel concerns in cost-free agency and the draft.

So right now begins a new season with new hope. The query is can these Lions lastly conquer the demons of their previous?