Detroit Lions: Let’s be honest, this turkey is definitely done

Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia (Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia (Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Lions have not improved under this regime

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful. For Lions fans, there is precious little to be thankful for. While this roster lacks play-makers and depth, it is not completely devoid of talent.

But as the losses continue to pile up have we ever taken a long look in the eyes of these players and coaches in their postgame interviews. Just think about those vacant eyes that simply can’t believe how this franchise has sucked the life out of their very souls.

Players and coaches seem to inevitably get ‘Lionized’. This franchise that can’t get out of its own way takes perfectly good players and crushes them. Spirits are broken and careers destroyed.

Many fans have mused about what Matthew Stafford could accomplish on an actual NFL team. It doesn’t stop there. Imagine what Barry Sanders could have been on a real team. How about Calvin Johnson?

What have those and other perfectly good players who have worn the Honolulu Blue and Silver over the last 60 plus years of absurdity done to deserve such a fate? What have we the fans done to deserve this?

Fans will often speak of the Bobby Layne curse, but this is much more than a city and team being punished for sending one of its greatest players packing.

This is a wake-up, look in the mirror, and can’t fathom how our team can possibly be so consistently bad feeling. This is fans cheering for their team to lose in hopes of chasing away the current regime responsible for assembling this joke. This is people of all walks of life taking to social media and sports talk radio to beg the Ford family to sell this team they can’t help but love despite the fact it makes Quasimodo look like Brad Pitt.

There are fans who stay optimistic and even support Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia. Fans who keep saying ‘just follow the process, just give it time’. My question to those good people is; how long does it take to show just a little bit of improvement?

Because this team right now is absolutely no better than when Matt Patricia led them on the field for the first time only to be embarrassed by a rookie quarterback on Monday Night Football two and a half years ago in his debut as the Lions head coach.