I know there is a lot of mini-camp news going on out there right now -- I'm sure you loyal Lions fans have been reading up, as have I. There seems to be a lot of excitement out there right now (along with the usual pessimism)
There are some great camp battles starting to take shape already -- OT, OG, MLB, SLB, CB, RB, DT, DE, S, FB, TE..as a matter of fact, there is more talent and competition at almost every position right now than I can remember in the last 10 years. Even solid starters are being pushed to new and greater levels of performance by talented players eager to take their place.
Lets be honest, how long has it really been since half the position groups weren't already full of back-up caliber players who had locked up starting positions over street FA?
How long has it been since we could say the Lions had a solid draft that could be a foundation of Detroit Lions Playoff teams for years to come?
I'll being doing more stories, as I'm sure you've guessed, on these battles as time marches unerringly toward the season. But for tonight, I'm going to hone in on the center of it all. The focus. The Epicenter. The Alpha and the Omega. The primary star of the solar system. The discussions from the second the season ends (one could argue even during the season), revolve around one crucial, all-powerful word:
IF the Lions have a good draft, they could contend...IF Dwayne White and Redding are healthy, with the off season additions the line could dominate...IF Calhoun steps up big time, he could possibly bump Bell from the final roster...IF the Line improves dramatically, the Lions could be a huge rushing team...IF the run takes off, CJ and Roy will have huge years....IF the Line dominates, the DB's will have a field day with INT's...IF IF IF
It's not the Offseason -- Its the Ifseason. And henceforth, it shall be referred to as such on this blog.
So while there is a lot of news starting to float about, what it all means directly flows from your IFs...
We have a lot of difference in IFs here at DetFan1979 in regards to players, performance projections of units, coaching, analysis, roster. But they are generally positive IFs. After all, if you're going to if, why if bad? Who says to themselves all the time "If I screw up today, and if things go bad, I'll get fired. If that happens, I'll lose my house, and my wife will run off the the good looking rich bachelor next door, if I'm such a failure..." That doesn't intend to lock out criticism, as the inverse of a positive IF can be interesting to look at -- especially if another positive if could occur because of a negative if. If only I didn't say if so much, this may be easier to read.
Yet, visit many team sites (not just the Freep) during any given ifseason and you will see nothing but negative Ifs about their local team. The ifseason is a time of hope -- it is a time of dreams -- a time of IFs. And IF our team gets their IFs in order, it is going to be a great season....