The Detroit Lions closed out the 2022 season on a sizzling streak, which has fueled larger expectations than the staff has had in fairly a while. The Lions completed the yr with a profitable file and narrowly missed the playoffs.
When the 2023 NFL season kicks off subsequent week, the Lions will start their quest to fulfill these raised expectations.
Brad Holmes, the staff’s common manger, spoke with reporters forward of Detroit’s extremely anticipated common season and stated he hopes to keep away from one other gradual begin to the season.
“It isn’t a lot in regards to the begin. All of us need to begin quick, and you do not need to be in a 1-6 gap once more, however we’re simply taking it step-by-step, section by section, actually. And that is simply how we roll,” Holmes stated.
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The Lions open the common season Sept. 7 on the highway towards the defending Tremendous Bowl-champion Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
Regardless of not profitable their division since 1993, the Lions enter this season as the favourite to win the NFC North. In 1993, the Lions had been taking part in in a division referred to as the NFC Central.
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Holmes famous the staff is feeling assured heading into 2023.
“We’re not afraid of the expectations,” Holmes stated, through ESPN. “The expectations are earned by means of, I feel, what we’ve constructed and what we’ve executed up till this level when it comes to how we completed the tip of the season and thru our participant acquisition course of. However now we’ve acquired to only show them proper.”
The Lions had been featured on HBO’s “Laborious Knocks” final season, and its affect on the staff appeared to translate to Detroit’s video games late within the yr.
“I do assume that we took our medication previously couple years. Me and [Lions coach] Dan [Campbell] speak about it on a regular basis,” Holmes stated. “We have coached the Senior Bowl. We needed to do ‘Laborious Knocks.’ We have executed all that.
“We have gone by means of a variety of darkness to get so far, however that is the place the grit is available in place when it comes to simply not likely wavering and put your head down or get discouraged. And we simply sort of put the main target in constructing the most effective roster that we are able to and actually getting the most effective soccer gamers.”
The Lions have referred to as Ford Discipline dwelling for greater than twenty years, and it is the primary time within the stadium’s historical past season tickets are offered out.
Holmes stated he was barely shocked by the “hype prepare” surrounding the staff, particularly contemplating it fell wanting qualifying for the 2022 postseason.
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Final yr marked the Lions’ first profitable season since 2017.