It’s Christmas time and in Detroit, we don’t only spread around good cheer but it’s also the time of the year to start spreading around the blame for another Lions season on the brink of collapse. Most of the blame would be directed towards the offense that took nearly the whole game off between touchdowns.
The scene was set for the Lions to make a grand statement to the nation watching them on Monday Night Football. The Lions took the opening drive, marching down the field effortlessly for a Reggie Bush touchdown, and the crowd thought it was in for a great night of football, and got ready to scream their lungs out. Unfortunately, the Lions offense decided to take the rest of the game off until they woke up late in the fourth quarter, when they scored their second touchdown of the night to take back the lead. It didn’t last long, because we all know how the game turned out.
It’s becoming crystal clear to most of us that the Lions need to make a change at the top of the food chain in their organization. I don’t know if Martin Mayhew will get the axe, but Jim Schwartz and his staff should be let go on the bus ride to the airport after the last game in Minnesota. I’m so tired of seeing a good football team with some of the best weapons in the league, losing time after time to teams with lesser talent.
The Lions seem like superman as a baby. They have all this power, and they still don’t know how to wield it in the right way yet. Turnovers and penalties = bad coaching. Everybody keeps saying how talented the Lions are, and that if they could get their act together they could make a serious run for the Super Bowl. What does it tell you when a team is so talented, yet keeps shooting themselves in the foot with turnovers and penalties. Do the math. They’ve had leads in the fourth quarter of all of their last four losses. They went from 6-3 to 7-7 in the last month. Another second half swoon, just like last year.
Why was the team playing with all the enthusiasm of a visit to the dentist for most of the game last night? That sure didn’t seem like a team fighting for their life, to me. It struck me as team that believes it’s press clippings, and would win by just showing up.
The crazy thing is, the Lions could still turn this around. If they win the next two, and the Bears and Packers lose one more game, then the Lions might just pull this off and stun us. Look what the Ravens did last year. They lost 4 of their last 5 games, and still won the Super Bowl. It would sure be nice for this team to stun us in good way for once. Who knows? The fat lady hasn’t sung yet.