ESPN recently ranked NFL teams in a “future” power rankings and things aren’t looking too good for the Detroit Lions.
The network’s team of football experts rated each team’s quarterback, remaining roster, draft, front office and coaching on an A-F grading scale.
The Lions ranked No. 25 in the NFL with an overall score of 71.3.
The scored were determined by weighting the averages of each category, in this format: Roster (30%), quarterback (20%), draft (15%), front office (15%) and coaching (20%).
These were ESPN’s rankings for the Lions: Roster (67.5), quarterback (81.5), coaching (65.8), draft (75.8), front office (68.3).
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“Patience is a virtue in the NFL, just rarely a realistic virtue,” ESPN analyst Field Yates said. “The Lions have worked hard under GM Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia to find fits for the roster to marry the schemes Patricia and his staff desire to run. Thus far, the Lions have shown some strides of improvement but endured a miserable losing streak to conclude 2019. This is a team that plays in a very tough division but shouldn’t surprise if they play much better football this season and beyond.”
Of ESPN’s biggest worry is Patricia.
“Patricia is supposed to be the difference for the defensive side given his background as a DC. Time is running out,” ESPN analyst Louis Riddick said.
In looking ahead, ESPN thinks adding more pass rush help will strengthen the team’s defensive identity.
The six teams ranked below the Lions, in reverse order: Jacksonville, Chicago, Charlotte, New York Giants, New York Jets, Cincinnati, Washington.
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ESPN’s top five teams for the future: Baltimore, Kansas City, San Francisco, New Orleans and Dallas.
Within the NFC North, the Vikings rank 12th and the Packers 15th.