Time again for the Church of Schwartz Lions Congregation. As usual, I've copied my answers here, and you can check out Lions bloggers from around the web at Church of Schwartz here once the article is posted up.
Before I get started, a quick kudos to Ty at The Lions in Winter who had an excellent piece picked up by the Roar Report -- the Lions Official Blog. Congratulations Ty!
Also, thanks to Phil Zaroo's link, my series "Road to 0-16" was on the Lions story-links page on Sports Illustrated.com! The series garnered 3 times more readers than the prior record for any piece! Thank you to everyone for your continued support of my hobby!!
Onto the Questions:
1. How does recent signing Marquand Manuel fit in the secondary picture?
He is not an "immediate unquestioned starter" so to me, the situation remains the same: There are two starters -- Buchanon at CB and Delmas at S. Henry will likely start at one or the other. Everything else (including what position Henry plays) is up for grabs.
2. In your dreams, how many wins do the Lions end up with this year?
Dream scenario as in "Best Case Scenario Considering Reality" or the "Dream Dream Scenario" that is as relative to the actual Lions team on the field as Matt Millen is to "NFL's Greatest Leader since Lombardi." Seriously, though, IF every IF goes perfectly for the Lions -- 10-6. But let me qualify that by saying there are a LOT of big IF's about this team no one can know until the season starts.
3. What is your best guess for how many wins the Lions actually get this year?
My best guess would put the Lions at about 6 wins +/- 1 win for "how the ball bounces" (luck). They are improving, and have a lot of potential -- but the older pickups need to keep playing at a high level, and there are a lot of very young players who will be going through their growing pains. 2010 will be better -- possibly even playoff good.