Scanning the Savanna: What They're Saying About the Detroit Lions Loss

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The Lions got another national television audience Sunday night. The opposition changed, but the bone-headed penalties by the Detroit remained a constant.

Ndamukong Suh might be the biggest, baddest and most notorious of the Lions who seem intent on playing by a set of rules that doesn’t conform to the standard deemed legal by NFL officials.

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.

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