The Detroit Lions have gone on a dizzying ride over the past four seasons: from the deepest depths (0-16), to rather high heights (10-6 and a playoff berth) and back down to the depths (4-12).
Whether the Lions' stock is up or down depends on whether you're counting from the sparklingly talented young team that made the playoffs in 2011 or last year's immature disaster that couldn't play a complete game to save their skins.
The Lions managed to do an okay job staunching a potentially fatal hemorrhaging of talent in free agency, re-signing crucial veterans like cornerback Chris Houston. With the much-needed additions of backfield playmaker Reggie Bush and two-way safety Glover Quin, the Lions would be in pretty good shape, even without their excellent class of rookiesWholesale nfl Nike Jerseys,Jerseys For sale Cheap
However, the retirements of stalwart left tackle Jeff Backus, defensive icon Kyle Vanden Bosch and Hall of Fame-worthy kicker Jason Hanson are huge. On top of that, key veterans like right tackle Gosder Cherilus, defensive lineman Lawrence Jackson and linebacker Jason Durant have departed.
The 2013 Lions will do better than 4-12, but until the rookies prove they're better than the men they've replaced—and quarterback Matthew Stafford proves he can make sound decisions quickly and not improvise off his back foot—it's hard to brand this team a sure winner.