Detroit Lions had a late season collapse at the end of the 2013 season resulting in the firing of former head coach Jim Schwartz. Jim Caldwell whose specialty is the offensive side of the ball was hired to replace him. The Lions got off to a pretty hot start early in the season led by offensive stars quarterback Matt Stafford, running back Reggie Bush, and the best wide receiver in the NFL Calvin Johnson. One of the reasons the team failed to hold their lead for the NFC North division title was the poor play by the defensive secondary which needs an upgrade in overall talent. The running game on offense also couldn't close out winnable games and relied upon Stafford and his arm sometimes resulting in untimely interceptions. Caldwell and staff should help make the offense more balanced and take pressure off of Stafford to always have to make plays with his arm. Joe Lombardi, formerly with the New Orleans Saints, is the new offensive coordinator so some of the New Orleans principals on offense should be seen with the Lions.
The defense has some dominant pieces in its front seven starting with defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley both former first round draft picks. They clog up all of the running lanes inside and provide a pass rush push in the face of opposing quarterbacks. Middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch is a solid tackler and cleans up everything that gets by them as his team leading 135 tackles indicates he is always around the football. Detroit also has one of the best coverage linebackers in DeAndre Levy who led the team with 6 interceptions. The Lions need another pass rushing threat to pair with defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (8 sacks in 2013) to come off the edges. The secondary needs a shut down corner to complement this talented unit. Look below at key additions that could help the Lions become playoffs contenders.