Has safety James Ihedigbo gone to a better situation or a worse one, leaving the Ravens to join the Lions? Ihedigbo told MLive.com that he believed the Lions, who finished 7-9 last season, had what it takes to win a Super Bowl.
“It’s one of those things, you can feel it,” Ihedigbo said. “With this team, I can feel the makings of a championship-DNA team. Are we willing to sacrifice? That’s the question, and I know we are. There are guys in this locker room that are willing to pay the price, whatever it is, to put the work in to be a champion. Yeah, we definitely have that championship DNA."
Ihedigbo signed a two-year, $3.15 million contract during free agency, after a solid season in 2013 as the Ravens starting safety opposite Matt Elam. The Ravens still have not settled on exactly how they will replace Ihedigbo. The plan is to switch Elam to strong safety, but Darian Stewart and rookie Terrence Brooks will battle for the starting job opposite Elam.
The Lions finished 7-9 in 2013, including a loss to the Ravens, who finished 8-8. The Lions are counting on several ex-Ravens to help them have a better 2014, including head coach Jim Caldwell, who was the Ravens’ offensive coordinator last year, and Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, who was the Ravens defensive backs coach last season.
It will be interesting to see which team fares better in 2014. The Ravens team Ihedigbo left, or the Lions team that Ihedigbo joined.