Detroit Lions: Stop trying to save your jobs and do the right thing

Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Last week, I was pretty tough on quarterback Jeff Driskel. To concede that he has shown himself to be a capable back-up is fair. His added element of elusiveness has served him well. There is a lack of accuracy that is still bothersome, and some of his decisions are questionable. But with more reps, maybe some of those things can correct themselves.

For Driskel, it would be great for him to develop over the last six weeks. Would not mind watching Driskel refine his game and maybe sign an extension at the end of the year. But keeping the Detroit Lions on the losing side of the scoreboard is the most important thing.

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And that is the analytical side of this argument. Trying to help this team acquire talent. But then comes the actual games (and that includes this past week’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys), the fan in me always is cheering (and will always cheer) for the Detroit Lions to win. That is where my heart lies, and somehow it cannot be helped.

But in my head, this franchise keeps screwing things up and coming up short – game after game, year after year, decade after decade, and to infinity. The Detroit Lions can’t just stay with their paltry three (and a half) wins because someone in this organization has the idea that they can prove they are better than that.

Whether you win three, or you win seven, or you even win eleven (this one refers to the 2008 New England Patriots), if you don’t make the playoffs you have wasted the season. So stick with three (and a half) and see where your fortunes lie in the draft.

The Detroit Lions are very likely to win at least one of the next two games. And that is a real shame. No one cares enough to say let’s focus on building a championship team in 2020 by acquiring more talent. Instead, everyone is worried about saving their job in 2019, as the team continues to disappoint.

At this point, the Lions will never get it right. They come out with a fine start. They fail for two months straight, and now suddenly they think winning is the priority? Please. Just stop trying to save your jobs, and do the right thing: Don’t win.

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If that means massive changes next year, then so be it. Maybe that is what is needed. It is frustrating to be irrelevant time and again. When will it stop?