The Detroit Lions enter the 2018 season with a fascinating roster for incoming rookie head coach Matt Patricia. After spending 14 years on the Patriots sideline, Patricia brings a wealth of experience under Bill Belichick. Patricia hopes to bring the “Patriot Way” to Detroit but will certainly face challenges along the way. Whether or not a roster lined with seasoned veterans is ready to follow Belichick’s protege is the looming question heading into the season.
Patricia is fortunate enough to have retained offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. The continuity he’s built with quarterback Matthew Stafford is pivotal to success. Stafford has thrived since Cooter took over as play-caller in the middle of the 2015 season. Could the 30-year-old QB be ready for a Matt Ryan-esque breakout season in 2018?
This article breaks down Stafford’s path to success. An influx of talent over the past two offseasons sets up the Lions’ offense to compete this season. But, is a young defensive front ready to take a leap under Patricia? Does the schedule set the Lions up to succeed?
Let’s unpack all these questions with five bold predictions heading into the Detroit Lions’ 2018 season.
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