Every year we give our premium content members a team-by-team, player-by-player look at the NFL season that was. The coverage will be in-depth, but because the Dynasty Capsule series begins immediately after the regular season, we won’t use it to discuss free agency or the draft. Come see us in early May once Mr. Irrelevant is off the board for another 32-article series giving you the same detailed discussion you’ll see below.
Buckle up dynasty fans, because you’re about to be reminded why our motto is, “There is no off-season.”
Last year, I opened this piece by saying that the Detroit Lions had been making the possible look impossible since 1957 and, following a wildcard round exit from this year’s playoffs, there’s little reason for me to change my tone. Truthfully, they had no business making it to the post-season, and I think their good fortune will serve some long-term detriment. First problem: Jim Caldwell would have surely been let go had the Lions suffered another losing season. However, he will be returning now after somehow squeezing into the playoffs with a 9-7 record. Second problem: they scored the 21st overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, when they really could have used a much earlier selection. Now, I’m no Bill Simmons when it comes to tanking, and I realize the NFL is much different than the NBA, but if ever there was a team that would have been better off with an earlier draft pick than in the bottom end of the playoffs, it was the 2016 Detroit Lions. However, as with the end of every NFL season, there’s only one thing we can do—look forward, so without further ado, here’s how things are shaping up as Detroit heads into the off-season.
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