High hopes surround the Detroit Lions. Coming off their first playoff appearance since 1999, the young team remains a popular pick to drive deep into the postseason in 2012.
Greg Jennings doesn't deny Detroit's talent, but when the Green Bay Packers receiver visited NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" on Thursday, he questioned whether the Lions -- following a rash of off-field arrests this offseason -- are mature enough to keep it together.
"Can they maintain their composure, both on the field and off the field?" Jennings asked. "They're a very talented team, but they have struggles on the field containing their composure, and definitely, the things we've heard of, them being in the media with off-the-field problems and off-the-field issues. Can they maintain their composure? Can they be a professional ball club for 16, 17, 18 solid weeks throughout the regular season?"
Jennings caught a first-hand glimpse of what the Lions -- at a boiling point -- are capable of. He was on the field last season when Ndamukong Suh stomped on Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. Jennings didn't harp on that incident, and he didn't need to. We've heard more than enough about Lions behaving badly this offseason -- their string of arrests has become a confusing maze of misconduct.
It's not uncommon to see young teams break free for a season, as Detroit did, and then fall back to the pack. The Lions faced little pressure in 2011. Theirs was a nice story, widely celebrated, but the question this season is one of priorities. How hungry are the Lions to repeat last year's success? We'll soon find out.