The Detroit Lions are in a conversation that seemed impossible just four years ago when they didnt win a game. You can actually make the argument now that they are Super Bowl contenders after going to the playoffs last season.
Here are 10 storylines to follow with training camp opening Friday and the season opener just over six weeks away:
1. There is a trend in the NFL in which a team that has a breakthrough season takes a step back the following year. For instance, Tampa Bay went from 3-13 in 2009 to 10-6 in 2010 and then, amid rising expectations, the Buccaneers dropped to 4-12 last season. The Lions have gone from 0-16 in 2008 to 2-14 in 2009 to 6-10 in 2010 and finally all the way to 10-6 last year. Can they handle these increased expectations or are they destined to take a step back, too?
2. How will the team react to all of the offseason controversy, including the dismissal of cornerback Aaron Berry, who was responsible for two of the clubs league-high seven arrests since...