Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Kevin Smith was rarely at loss for words during his rookie season with Detroit, and he's taking that talent to the blogosphere.
In one of the first posts of his new blog at smith34.com, Smith predicts your Lions will make the playoffs. In 2009.
Smith: "I won't make a prediction about how many games we're going to win, but I will say this: We will definitely make the playoffs this season. Believe it or not we weren't far off last year. Almost every game we could have won, we were one play or one player short. Except for Tennessee on Thanksgiving, they just came out and beat us to sleep. They manhandled us, but nobody else did."
I'm not sure everyone would agree with Smith's assessment of the Lions' 0-16 season. I saw Chicago pretty much crush them (34-7) at Ford Field in October. And maybe Smith has forgotten about New Orleans' 42-7 victory Dec. 21. But that's so last year.
One thing no one can dispute: It's now an annual tradition for a Lions player to predict a looming playoff appearance. Quarterback Jon Kitna did it in 2007 and 2008, and now Smith has picked up where Kitna left off.
Later in his blog entry, Smith notes he will have to earn his starting job but then suggests he is on the brink of stardom:
"But this is definitely my year. I've been thinking about how it's been kind of similar to my experience in college, which would make this a breakout year for me. I'm working toward a Pro Bowl, working toward a championship."
I presume Smith is referring to the jump he made between his sophomore and junior seasons at Central Florida; he rushed for 934 yards in 2006 and 2,567 in 2007.