The Detroit Lions have been active so far this offseason. Shortly after the hiring of new general manager Bob Quinn, the front office underwent some changes. I will not list them all here, but there were several people let go and new people brought in to take their place.
Some changes happened with the coaching staff as well. Al Golden was hired to be the tight ends coach replacing Ron Prince who took over as the offensive line coach midseason. Randy Edsall was hired for a “special projects” role. Finally, Denver’s offensive assistant Brian Callahan, son of Bill Callahan, was hired to be the quarterbacks coach, replacing Jim Bob Cooter who was permanently promoted to offensive coordinator.
On the player side of things, Rashean Mathis announced his retirement yesterday. Later in the day, the Lions released running back Joique Bell in a move that saves the team 2.5 million. Calvin Johnson has still been quiet so far this offseason, but the more time that passes, the more likely it is he stays retired. More and more people are speaking out saying that Calvin is not coming back to football. With the departure of two starters already and more likely with decisions on Stephen Tulloch and James Ihedigbo due soon, it looks like the team we see next season will look nothing like the team that went 11-5 in 2014. Hopefully, the moves made make the team better not worse for the sake of us fans.