It's the middle of April. The Stanley Cup playoffs have begun, the NFL draft's approaching, and there's not even the tiniest controversy or complaint in town about the state of the Red Wings' starting goaltending or the Lions' starting quarterbacking.

Detroit must be going through withdrawal.

"Everybody's always told me that the two toughest jobs in Detroit were being the Wings' goalie and the Lions' quarterback," said goaltender Jimmy Howard, "because of all the attention it gets and how everybody's always talking about it."

They're normally screaming, or at the very least worrying. But the vibe is strangely optimistic regarding both positions.