Things will look quite a bit different in the Lions locker room this season. They’ll notice some of these changes when they arrive to begin offseason workouts today.
“Totally different,” Glover Quin told the Detroit Free Press. “But that’s the NFL. Every year there’s changes. Sometimes it’s a lot of change, sometimes it’s not as much. But every year the room has changed, people change, the group changes. This year, the front office changed. The weight room changed. So, there’s some changes going on.”
The biggest change will obviously be the absence of Calvin Johnson. Marvin Jones, who is expected to attend today’s workout, was one of many free agents signed by the Lions to spell some of their losses.
One big name who won’t be attending the workouts is linebacker Stephen Tulloch, who will be sitting out while awaiting his pending trade or release.
DeAndre Levy, Brandon Pettigrew, and Tyrunn Walker will likely be limited throughout the spring as they rehab injuries from last season, but all are expected to be 100% by the start of the upcoming season.
Bob Quinn is not the only new face that has joined the front office, either. While offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter will be back, new position coaches Brian Callahan (quarterbacks) and Al Golden (tight ends) are the new guys in town, and Harold Nash has taken over the strength and conditioning program.
“Everybody’s positive this time of the year. It’s a good time to be positive,” added Quin. “Everybody’s excited, probably, and every team in the league’s probably excited about the pieces that they’ve added, and you’ve got the draft coming up and the position that they’re in.”