Final thoughts awaiting kickoff and the start of the Lions' preseason with Friday night's game against the Jets at Ford Field:
Win -- at some cost? A number of positions have been scrutinized regarding their development and where they stand at this point, but one aspect has been missing in analyzing the start of the preseason.
What does winning mean for the Lions?
In most years -- in fact, almost every year -- winning doesn't mean anything until the regular season begins. But this might be a different year for the Lions.
Winning might mean something because of the way the 2012 season ended with eight straight losses. The Lions went from 4-4 at midseason and in position to make a playoff run to 4-12 and last place in the NFC North.
"Winning breeds winning," said safety Glover Quin, who came to the Lions in the offseason as a free agent form Houston. "There are very few teams that can lose, lose, lose and flip the switch."
Quin's comment should not be taken out of context. Starters might play two or three series at the most.
The most important part of the preseason is giving the starters the right balance of work to have them sharp while keeping them healthy for the start of the regular season, and developing young players under game conditions.
But considering last season's losing streak, it wouldn't hurt for the Lions to change the conversation from the way they ended one season to how they started the next.
Again, winning at all cost should not be the goal. But at some cost is another issue.
Rookie class: Coach Jim Schwartz didn't tip his hand on the starting lineup, but word in the pre-game was that second-round draft pick
It was uncertain if top pick Ziggy Ansah would start at right defensive end, but he clearly was going to get considerable playing time.
It's been a long time since there was any real anticipation about a punter, but rookie
Wayne statement: Wayne State has been a strong presence in NCAA Division II football in recent seasons, and the school was represented on both sides of the ball Friday night.
Former WSU head coach Brian VanGorder is in his first year as linebackers coach of the Jets. VanGorder was WSU's head coach from 1990-92 and has NFL experience as an assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2005) and Atlanta Falcons (207-11).
VanGorder was defensive coordinator his last three seasons in Atlanta. He went back to college last year as Auburn's defensive coordinator.
Moore, who was undrafted despite an outstanding career at Boise State, has felt the value in camp of making the Lions' roster last year. He's more comfortable with the offense.
Playing late in the game means a backup quarterback will be running an offense with many players who haven't played together before. They look to the quarterback for guidance.
"I won't be one of those other guys looking around, too," Moore said. "It's huge being the second year in the offense, really understanding the offense now. You have a grasp of what everyone else is running and what you can do.
"Hopefully, I can play better than I finished up last preseason. We want to be smooth and convert on third down and get touchdowns."
One player I want to watch: Running back