Romeo Okwara, the silver lining to the Lions Honolulu Blue
The Detroit Lions have gone through the struggles of yet another losing season. This time, it resulted in Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn being relieved of their job duties with the organization. Leaving fans split between the “same old Lions” group and those who opt to “drink the Kool-Aid” when it comes to the direction of the team.
For being a defensive minded coach, Patricia couldn’t seem to get the Lions out of the cellar when it came to the teams total defense. Allowing a league-worst 32.1 points per game, and currently holding the 31st ranked defense in the league- just ahead of the 1-14 Jacksonville Jaguars- it seems that everything has gone wrong on this side of the ball.
There may be just one beacon of hope, and that comes from defensive end Romeo Okwara. As the PR of the team released this morning, the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent has made some serious noise with his play.
– 3rd-down strip sacks (1st)
– 3rd-down FFs (t-1st)
– Games with a TFL (t-1st)
– Games with a sack (t-2nd)
– Strip sacks (t-2nd)
– 3rd-down sacks (t-2nd)
– Sack yards (4th)
– Sacks (t-4th)
– FFs (t-5th) pic.twitter.com/DqKB8Mx0Ov
— Detroit Lions PR (@LionsPR) December 29, 2020
Ranking first on third-down strip sacks, while being tied for third-down forced fumbles and games with a tackle-for-loss is noteworthy, especially heading into the offseason. Okwara also finds himself tied for second place in games with a sack, strip sacks and third-down sacks.
While the Lions seemingly have regressed even farther than what their record shows, whomever becomes the new General Manager has their work cut out for them. The Lions brought Okwara in from the New York Giants in 2019. The contract was good for two-years and $6.8 million, surely that number will go up.