i have been a detroit lions fan since monte clark was coach and won't ever be anything else! things have been bad these last few seasons but true lions fans remember the good years we had in the 80s and 90s and hang in there.
the lions aren't thinking bryant will be like champ bailey, i think they just hope he won't give up the big plays. bly is the shutdown corner without a doubt. now that barrett green is gone i don't see why lehman would not become a starter this season it just might be later on. the lions lb roster lacks anyone else with the speed and tackling ability of lehman especially on the weak side. but lehman has been working the middle position in practice so i think the coaches are just seeing what he can do, testing his abilities. i don't think he will have an outstanding rookie season. but i do think it won't take him long to become a pro bowl player.
harrington's good qualities get overlooked by a lot of people. he is a smart qb and knows the offense well. his release last year looked a lot quicker than it ever has and i do think he is getting better. he has the physical tools to compete. but his problems are first of all he is not very mobile. he needs to learn to scramble when it becomes necessary. but he was only sacked 9 times last year...i think the lions line is much better at pass protection than they are at run blocking, something i hope improves with bringing in damien woody. harrington's biggest problem of course is his inconsistency. there are times when he is a very accurate qb and times when he makes some of the worst throws i have ever seen. he reads the field pretty well and finds his targets but his timing needs improvement. part of this last year was his receivers though minus rogers. hakim is a great route runner and a decent receiving option but is not the most athletic guy on the team and is unable to beat good coverage and make the catches that rogers can or that williams will this year. charles rogers recovery this year has surprised everybody. he looks fully recovered from his collarbone injury but of course coaches are cautious. he is back to full speed in workouts and has also been working out and adding muscle this off season. he will be the second most productive receiver in the division after moss. also i liked that the lions got tai streets. i had been hoping we would go after him this off season and i think he will make a solid number 3 receiver.
to me it will be a successful season if we sweep the bears, beat indy at thanksgiving, and go at least 8-8 with some of those wins coming on the road.