The Detroit Lions playoff hopes are officially dashed after a very poor, yet predictable showing from the Lions on Sunday against the Giants. The Lions’ loss marks the fifth consecutive loss when leading in the fourth quarter which can mostly be attributed to poor ball security and lack of execution.
The Loss, along with failed expectations has raised the question as to whether Jim Schwartz will return for his sixth or not.
The players seem to back Schwartz, however their play on the field certainly doesn’t.
Fans who have watched the Lions religiously this season noticed an uninspired performance from the team in the first half. The offense just looked lethargic, while the talented defensive line failed to create any pressure on Eli as he had an interception free half for the first time in awhile.
The Lions are definitely a season away from being a serious title contender. Calvin Johnson’s injury has made the Lions lack of number two threat along the outside even more evident and the defense, while much improved, still has it’s flaws in the secondary.
However, even with the needed additions can we confidently say that we trust the incumbent coaching staff to lead this organization to the playoffs?
I think every Lions fan and media outlet has questioned offensive coordinator Scott Linehan’s play calling at least once and defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham has done a very solid job overall, but his defensive schemes tend to break down late in games.
As for Jim Schwartz, his temper and lack of self control has cost the Lions games and rubbed the fan base the wrong way as recent as last game where he had a few choice words for the fans booing.
The organization has improved since hiring general manager Martin Mayhew and head coach Jim Schwartz, but it feels like we’ve gotten as much as we are going to get with Schwartz at the helm.
Although the coaching staff has done a pretty good job of developing players, they haven’t done a good enough job of correcting mistakes and their flaws have been noted.
The verdict should be clear. The Lions need to see a change in coaching as soon as the next week after the Lions final game of 2013.
My vote goes to Penn State’s Bill O’Brien, who has flourished in adversity and has a reputation of helping quarterbacks thrive. Those seem to be qualities that would fit the Lions organization perfectly.