One of these years, Lions fans hope they'll have something to celebrate the day after the Super Bowl. I mean, something other than a marginal, moody receiver finally being cut.

Titus Young is gone, another wasted pick, another symbol of poor decision-making. The Lions didn't have much choice after all Young's tantrums, but once again, it's a forward step that obscures a backward step. And it doesn't get the Lions any closer to anywhere.

This is the toughest time for Lions fans, the lull between America's big football event and Detroit's big football event (the NFL draft). Forty-seven Super Bowls have been contested and Detroit is one of four current NFL cities that stubbornly has declined to send a team, joining Cleveland, Houston and Jacksonville.

But the petulant receiver is gone! Yay! Now what? Now, the Lions jump back on the treadmill, searching again for receivers, searching for a way to get where they've never been.

Like many around here during the Super Bowl, you gobbled guacamole, munched on meatballs and marveled at the athletic feats, particularly the halftime show. And you wondered: Will I ever see it?

I'm not here to raise false hope, and neither are the odds-makers. They've pegged the Lions at 40-1 to win next year's Super Bowl, which plops them in the middle of 32 teams.

It takes effort to dig up positive signs, and no, Young's ouster Monday doesn't count. The Lions think they have their franchise quarterback, Matthew Stafford, and know they have their franchise receiver, Calvin Johnson. They have a potentially dominant defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh, and should get a defensive playmaker with the No. 5 pick.

Everything else — literally, everything else — is a question mark, and I can't tell you next season will be any different. But I can offer one enduring truth: Disarray is not a deterrent to winning a championship.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130205/OPINION03/302050314#ixzz2K2GWhVp0