I realize that turning things around in a single season in the NFL these days is very possible and that a team can go from very bad to contender in a short time. But that being said it’s still surprising that Detroit Lions players are so confident that all of a sudden they are going to be very good.
First, it was quarterback Jon Kitna saying the Lions would win more than 10 games in 2007. Now, wide receiver Mike Furrey has said the Lions should win 10 to 12 games — easily! Huh?
The Lions were 3-13 in 2006. As this blog points out they are 24-72 since Matt Millen became team president in 2001. So why don’t these guys all calm down a bit and just say they think they won’t play like, well, the Lions in 2007. An 8-8 season for these guys would be progress.
By the way, keep reading the blog entry from the Detroit Free Press. It has an interesting item about receiver Kevin Curtis, whom the Vikings really wanted to sign in free agency.
Curtis makes it clear that he fired agent Tom Condon because he felt pressure to sign with the Vikings. Curtis, who also was pursued by the Lions, ended up agreeing to a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I just felt as if I was kind of put in a corner with my first visit,” Curtis told the Free Press. “I felt like I was being rushed into a decision, where to me it wasn’t about trying to find the quickest deal to make the most money. It was about the right fit for me.”