The Detroit Lions has a better season last year than the year before, but when you’ve lost every single game of the year that isn’t saying much. They did some hard work in finally getting rid of GM Matt Millen, they have a hot new quarterback, but as NBC sports points out, they still had to lower season ticket prices for the upcoming year. “In 2009 four of the Lions’ eight regular-season home games failed to sell out and were blacked out on local television.”
Season tickets are important because a sellout means the game is televised in the local area. More people seeing the game in person or on TV can help drum up support of the team. That means more jersey sales, more game tickets, more rallying for the team. All important factors in football.
More important, however, is a good team. The Lions have made a start by hiring a new coach and great quarterback. While they have other great players, they still don’t play as a cohesive team. They don’t gel. Is that the players fault or the coach’s? A little of both. In the off-season they need to work on getting protection for their quarterback, and on a defense that can pass rush.
When a team has been down for so long, I think it takes a minimum of four years to set it back on the right track again. A year to get a new coach and management. A year to find a quarterback and break him in so he performs. A year to get the rest of the team gelling. All the while, the team is winning more, slowly but surely. By the third year they finally have a winning season. By the fourth year, they are in the playoffs. By that estimate, the Lions have about three more to go before we see them at the top of the NFC North.
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