by Alex Poletti
After months of contemplating and watching hours of game footage, the Lions have announced, under the guidance of new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, that they are heavily considering a decent passing game for the upcoming season.
Oscillating between bad and mediocre over the past few decades, Detroit has decided to try something new, hiring former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who crafted a formidable offense behind Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch. With his expertise, the Lions are now looking to revolutionize their game by passing the football sometimes at an okay level.
“We’ve been watching a lot of tape,” Lions head coach Matt Patricia says, “and we’ve noticed that teams, especially higher caliber ones, are throwing the ball. We didn’t really know this was an option. It’s exciting to see how are game will take off now.”
As of last season, the Lions passing game has been mediocre, with quarterback Matt Stafford sitting in the middle of the pack in his best offensive categories. Stafford ranked 11th of 16 in yardage out of all quarterbacks who started every game. With this new information in mind, however, Stafford’s game could change drastically in 2019.
“Sometimes I’d throw the ball, but now I realize I can throw it to someone else on my team,” Stafford says. “Looking back, I see how that could’ve helped us out. It kind of clicks.”
The receiving core, while not one of the league’s elite, is more than serviceable, with Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. holding down the wideout position and 2019 first rounder T.J. Hockenson at tight end. These players all compliment Stafford, who at $27 million a year should be a decent option at quarterback.
“For a while there, I thought we were just paying him to hand the ball off,” Patricia says. “But now that I think about it, I guess it makes sense for him to throw it every once in a while.”
While the passing game may flourish now that the Lions offense is considering using it, Bevell will stress the run in 2019, trying to repeat the success of his Seahawks teams.
“I know what works, I’ve been doing this a long time,” Bevell, who coached the Seattle offense to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, says, “That’s why we’ll be running the ball. In Seattle, we had Beast Mode, and that’s why the offense worked so well. I don’t see why we won’t be able to recreate that success with Kerryon Johnson, C.J. Anderson or Theo Riddick.”