Justin Rogers’ 2020-21 Detroit Lions final grades

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The Detroit Lions finished the 2020-21 season with a 5-11 record. That represented modest improvement from the previous year, but not near enough to save the jobs of general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia, who were dismissed with five games remaining.  

The Lions' Romeo Okwara (95), Jamie Collins Sr. (58) and Justin Coleman tackle Colts running back Jonathan Taylor in the first half of a game in November.

On offense, the Lions were competent. Despite missing their top receiver much of season, they still managed to finish in the middle of the pack in yards and points. The offensive line was improved, so was the ground game, and other pass-catchers stepped up in Kenny Golladay’s absence.  

The defense, on the other hand, was a disaster. Sure, there were injury issues, but that doesn’t excuse the historically bad performance, which saw the unit surrender the most yards and points in franchise history.  

That brings us to the season-ending report card, where we look at the pieces of the whole that made this team and season what it was.

jdrogers@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @Justin_Rogers

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