Ever watch a Detroit Lions’ game, see plenty of the same mistakes and wonder if the players on the field understand that they’re constantly beating themselves?
In the case of one player, wonder no more. Tuesday, running back Reggie Bush appeared on the Dan Patrick Show, and aside from being asked his opinions on several other more pressing and dramatic NFL matters, Patrick decided to challenge Bush with a more team-themed query.
“We’ll go to the Super Bowl if what?” Patrick abruptly prodded, quizzing Bush about Detroit’s title chances this season.
“Oh man, it’s hard to say just one thing,” Bush responded while pausing to think. “But I know one of the things for us, for the Lions, is one way we’ll go to the Super Bowl is if we don’t beat ourselves.”
Well, folks, it’s both as simple and as complicated as that. The Lions are capable of going to the Super Bowl—if they don’t beat themselves. That’s a major caveat.
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Welcome to 2014, which may as well be 2004 or 1994 through 1974 with that logic. As the years have gone on, the complexion of teams has certainly changed, but the themes have not. The Lions have all the talent in the world if they could just put it together and avoid the big mistake.
At least this season, the discourse on the matter has reached the public quicker. Bush, a team leader and veteran with a Super Bowl ring, realizes the Lions can’t get by with their usual nonsense now, and has spoken out about it after only the second game of the year.
Usually, the Lions wait until a mid-season collapse has already taken shape to utter such sentiments. This season, it’s positive that the concept is manifesting while the team still has a chance to make some noise in a division that’s currently up for grabs.
This season, it’s positive that the concept is manifesting while the team still has a chance to make some noise in a division that’s currently up for grabs.
The impact of Bush’s words, though, cannot be lost on any player. The Lions have to find consistency quicker this year. Far too often, the team will follow up a near perfect game with a complete dud. It happened again on Sunday. Eliminate the simple mistakes and Detroit’s probably in position to win late in the fourth quarter. At the very least, they might not have lost by double digits.
Detroit has a good enough team to make the playoffs, and yes, possibly even the Super Bowl if they don’t beat themselves. In many senses, it’s a true statement, but only if the rest of the team challenges themselves to be better.