Detroit Lions 2017-2018 season in review
The Detroit Lions 2017-2018 season was underwhelming to say the least. Detroit missed the playoffs and fired head coach Jim Caldwell.
It was the Lions’ inability to win big games once again. That was due to lack of preparation and lack of in-game adjustments seemingly week after week.
With all the bad things surrounding this team, there’s plenty of good you can still look at. They have an elite quarterback and an improved roster. It’s one of the more appealing jobs to candidates looking to become a head coach this off-season.
Offensive MVP: Matthew Stafford
This one is fairly easy. Without Matthew Stafford, it’s hard to see this team making it to five wins during the 2017-2018 season.
Stafford threw for 4,446 yards and 29 touchdowns on the season. He finished in the top five of the NFL for both of those categories. Stafford finished sixth in the league in quarterback passer rating (99.3). That’s a career high.
Stafford’s numbers were great considering how much pressure he was under. He was sacked 47 times. That’s the second highest amount for any starting quarterback.
Defensive MVP: Darius Slay
What more can you say about this guy. Slay had his best season as a pro and was the best defensive back in the NFL this season.
He was tied for the league lead in interceptions (8) and he led the league in passes defended (26).
Slay is just 27 years old and he’s under contract until 2021.
Comeback player of the year: Marvin Jones Jr.
Jones Jr. had the best season of his career as well. He had career highs in receiving yards (1,101) and yards per reception (18).
It comes down to consistency with Jones Jr. Last season he fizzled out down the stretch. This year he was a threat on the field from beginning to end.
Jones Jr. found the end zone nine times this season. He had just eight combined in his two previous seasons.
Best newcomer: Jamal Agnew
As a fifth round pick from San Diego University, not many people knew what Agnew possessed coming into this season. He made the most of his opportunities.
Agnew averaged 15.4 yards per punt return and brought two back for touchdowns. The next closest player was Pharoh Cooper (12.5). That’s laughable.
He missed three games this season because of injury. It’s intriguing to think about what more he could have done if he stayed healthy for a full season. There’s no denying Quinn landed a gem late in last year’s draft with Agnew.
Honorable mention: Jarrad Davis
Davis had an up and down season. Playing middle linebacker in the NFL is not an easy task and takes time to learn.
He did lead all rookies in tackles (96). There’s still a tremendous amount of upside with Davis and it’ll be something to watch as his career progresses.
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