Jim Schwartz is dangerously close to being a failure in 2011.
In the Detroit Lions’ Week 13 loss to the New Orleans Saints, Schwartz’s team was a failure in just about every way imaginable, and as the losses continue to pile up, that failure is starting to define the Lions in a number of ways.
The Lions did not catch up to the Saints on Sunday night, but they did catch up to the rest of us. After weeks of denial, they realize they have an attitude problem. That’s the first step, isn’t? They had to admit they had a problem. It’s not you, it’s me. No, wait, it’s not me, either. It’s them. Entirely them.
From the start of the rebuilding process, the Detroit Lions’ mantra has been simple: play tough and play as a team. Ground would be stood. Teammates would be backed. They’d hit through the whistle.
It’s a reasonable concept until the Lions found themselves here, losing for the fifth time in seven games: a 31-17 defeat to the New Orleans Saints, buried as much by a blizzard of foolish penalties as Drew Brees’(notes) bombs. This club is an undisciplined mess, seemingly unaware of time and situation.
Zac Snyder got hooked on the Lions after his dad took him to a Monday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990. The show put on by Barry Sanders and Bo Jackson that night was only surpassed by what Zac could do with Barry in a game of Tecmo Super Bowl.