Sometimes it is hard to be a Detroit Lions fan. Strike that, pretty much all the time it is tough to be a fan of this team that cannot ever seem to make the right decision on the day when good teams have to make quality decision to make their roster better. Two headlines from the local Detroit sports media really signify what it means to be a Detroit Lions fan.
The first from Mlive.com-
Detroit Lions fans not ready to jump on GM Martin Mathew’s bandwagon just yet
Then one from today’s Detroit News online edition-
Riley Reiff’s role for the Lions remains up in the air
Really what we have here is cause and effect. When you take a guy with the 23rd overall pick you should have a clear understanding of what he is, how he can help your team, and the role he is gonna play . What you are trying to avoid is taking a guy with the 23rd overall pick and instead of using him where you think he can do the most good (on a porous O line say) you wind up using him as a fullback. Because the GM failed to sign a fullback or make any moves to help the backfield beyond bringing back used and abused Kevin Smith.
It should surprise no one that the fans of the Lions are not embracing Mayhew’s role as GM. One he worked for Matt Millen who set this team back what 50 years or so? Mayhew is the guy who drafted Titus Young and Ryan Broyles in the second round of successive drafts; sure he fleeced the Dallas Cowboys in the Roy Williams trade, and then squandered his gains by drafting a Tight End with the 20th overall pick. Only teams who are one player away from a Super Bowl run can afford to draft a TE that high in the draft. It would be a lot different f Brandon Pettigrew was a game changer, but really he is just a guy who drops far more passes than he should.
When we start to look back over Mayhew’s draft classes we see a GM who takes far too many risks on guys far too soon. We see guys getting drafted with injury and character concerns and we see the team drafting a guy 23rd overall without a plan to how he fits into the roster or a disconnect between the front office and the coaching staff on how these guys should be used.
So as we here at Detroit Sports 360 prepare for our first annual Titus Young day celebration (the other 31 NFL cities call in the NFL draft but whatever) we prepare to once again debate why the Lions make such poor decisions on draft day and start to set the over/under on how may wide outs this team will draft in the first three rounds this year. Sometimes it really sucks to be a Lions fan.