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Detroit Lions 2016 Season Preview




Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 7/19/2016.


What I said about the Detroit Lions in 2014: Detroit has an abundance of offensive talent in the passing game. Quarterback Matthew Stafford, Wide Receiver Calvin Johnson, wide receiver Golden Tate, tight end Eric Ebron, tight end Brandon Pettigrew, and tight end Joseph Fauria. As long as none of Stafford’s playmakers get injured the Lions passing game will be deadly.


What I am saying about the Detroit Lions in 2015: Matthew Stafford will continue to have a lethal passing attack. The offensive line and running game are a lot stronger. Detroit might be able to run and pass effectively in 2015.


What I am saying about the Detroit Lions in 2016: Matthew Stafford is going to have to make ends meet without Calvin Johnson for the first time in his career. it will be interesting to see how this plays out.




Detroit Lions Free Agency Recap


The Lions added Marvin Jones from the Cincinnati Bengals to compliment Golden Tate. The Lions didn't make any other big additions in Free Agency though.



Detroit Lions 2016 NFL Draft Grades




Detroit Lions Quarterback Summary: Matthew Stafford is Detroit's starting quarterback. He has three coaches that know how to develop quarterbacks in head coach Jim Caldwell Jr., offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, and quarterback coach Brian Callahan who was the Denver Broncos quarterback coach in 2015.


Detroit Lions Running Back Summary: Ameer Abdullah is the #1 running back on this depth chart. Theo Riddick is a backup while Stevan Ridley is a third stringer for depth. Detroit has two fullbacks Michael Burton and Dwayne Washington.


Running back coach David Walker was a running back coach with the Indianapolis Colts from 2011-2014. Now Walker will coach the Lions running backs.


Detroit Lions Wide Receiver Summary: Golden Tate and Marvin Jones are the Lions two best receivers. Tate is going from a #2 target across from Calvin Johnson to the #1 flanker target. Marvin Jones is going from being a slot receiver to a #2 receiver. Jeremy Kerley is the Lions slot receiver, but I consider him a backup. There isn't any depth behind Tate or Jones as a receiver for depth. Robert Prince is an okay wide receivers coach.


Detroit Lions Tight End Summary: The Lions have two tight ends that can be effective starters. Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew. With the Lions being thin at wide receiver and having former Miami Hurricanes Head Coach Al Golden as their tight ends coach, using a two tight end set more frequently with Ebron and Pettigrew would be smart.


Detroit Lions Offensive Line Summary: Taylor Decker the rookie offensive tackle the Lions drafted in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft will start at left tackle. Riley Reiff who started at left tackle last year is expected to move to right tackle. Laken Tomlinson, the Lions 2015 first round will start at left guard once again. Travis Swanson will start at center with Larry Walford starting at right guard.


Detroit has Corey Robinson as a backup left tackle, Joe Dahl as a backup left guard, Gabe Ikard as a backup center, Geoff Schwartz as a backup right guard, and Michael Ola as a backup right tackle. Ron Prince is the Lions assistant head coach as well as the Lions offensive line coach. If Jim Caldwell Jr. gets fired it will be Ron Prince who steps in as interim head coach for the Detroit Lions.


Oakland doesn't have a backup center. Rodney Hudson cannot start only 13 games. Hudson must start 16 games in 2016. Mike Tice is the Raiders offensive line coach. I think Tice will put a huge emphasis on pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking in Oakland.


The Lions were 18th in points per game, 20th in total yards, 9th in passing yards, and 32nd in rushing yards in 2015. Detroit needs to improve their running game, but other than that this is a pretty complete offense.



Detroit Lions Defensive Line Summary: Ziggy Ansah had 14.5 sacks at 4-3 right end last season. Devin Taylor will compliment Ansah at 4-3 left end. Haloti Ngata will play 4-3 defensive tackle. Tyrunn Walker is expected to start next to Ngata with A'Shawn Robinson providing depth at 4-3 defensive tackle as a backup. Kris Kocurek is a good defnesive line coach and will continue to do a goot job developing defensive linemen on the Lions in 2016.


Detroit Lions Linebacker Summary: Detroit is gonna try Josh Bynes at 4-3 right outside linebacker. DeAndre Levy will move to 4-3 left outside linebacker. Tahir Whitehead will have his work cut out for him trying to replace Stephen Tulloch at middle linebacker.


The Lions have good backups at linebacker too. Khaseem Greene is the backup 4-3 right outside linebacker, Jon Bostic is the backup middle linebacker, and Kyle Van Noy is the backup left outside linebacker.


Linebackers coach Bill Sheridan will coach the Lions linebackers. He has a lot of guys to work with even though Tulloch is gone.


Detroit Lions Defensive Backs Summary: Darius Slay will be the #1 field cornerback with Nevin Lawson complimenting him at boundary cornerback once again. Quandre Diggs will play the nickel with Darrin Walls playing dime cornerback. Alex Carter will be the Lions quarter cornerback.


Rafael Bush, Don Carey, and Miles Killebrew are all competing to be the starting strong safety in Detroit. Right now Bush is the favorite to start, but its a close three way competition between these safeties that will play itself out in Training Camp and the NFL Preseason.


Glover Quin will start at free safety with former New England Patriots backup free safety Tavon Wilson being Quin's new backup in Detroit. Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin has experience developing defensive backs and that's a good thing since the Lions don't really have a top notch defensive backs coach.


The Lions had an inconsistent middle of the pack defense in 2015. Detroit was 9th in sacks, 23rd in points allowed, 18th in total yards allowed, 15th in pass defense, and 19th in run defense. The Lions know how to get to the quarterback, but they need to take that next step by improving the run defense or the secondary in 2016.



Detroit Lions Special Teams Summary: Detroit has Matt Prater at kicker. Sam Martin is a quality punter. Ameer Abdullah is the teams kick returner and Golden Tate is the teams punt returner. Detroit should look at finding a return specialist that doesn't see a lot of time on the field so their #1 running back and #1 receiver can just focus on offense. Joe Marciano will ultimately decide if that is necessary for the Lions though as he is Detroit's special teams coordinator this season.




Detroit Lions 2016 NFL Schedule


Week
Date
Opponent
Time
Cable Network
Result
Week 1
September 11
AT
4:25 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 2
September 18
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 3
September 25
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 4
October 2
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 5
October 9
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 6
October 16
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 7
October 23
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 8
October 30
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 9
November 6
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 10
Bye Week
Week 11
November 20
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 12
November 24
VS
12:30 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 13
December 4
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 14
December 11
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 15
December 18
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 16
December 26
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 17
January 1
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
L


Detroit Lions 2016 Projected Record (6-10): Detroit goes 6-10 and does better than people think in the first half of the season. I think they will lose three in a row by the bye week and it will be at that point where the Lions strongly consider firing Jim Caldwell as teams head coach. Then they win three out of their first four following the bye week only to end the season on a three game losing streak. Detroit should sweep the Chicago Bears, but it will be a long year for Lions fans in 2016.









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