After falling just one game short of the playoffs in 2017, the Detroit Lions decided to switch head coaches in the off-season. Jim Caldwell will be replaced by Matt Patricia, the former defensive coordinator of the New England Patriots. Patricia, along with his new coaching staff, have already brought in an exciting new energy to the Lions locker room at Ford Field.
Offensively, Matthew Stafford will look to build off another tremendous year in 2017. Last season he posted the best passer rating of his career and tied his career-best with just 10 interceptions thrown in a full season. Stafford’s primary targets will once again be Golden Tate and Marvin Jones Jr., who make up a solid 1-2 punch in the receiving corps. In the backfield a majority of carries will go to new addition LeGarrette Blount. Blount won a Super Bowl in 2016 with the New England Patriots and also in 2017 with the Philadelphia Eagles - will his magic carry over to the Lions in 2018?
With a defensive background, Matt Patricia will look to improve a Lions defense that struggled at times last season. Outside linebacker Devon Kennard was signed to a multi-year deal in the off-season to bolster a defense currently led by secondary players Darius Slay and Glover Quin. Kennard comes to Detroit after spending the first four years of his career with the New York Giants.
In 2018 the Detroit Lions and Ford Field will host games against the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, and New England Patriots.