Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Jeremy Ross (12) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) during the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Burleson says Lions won't mail it in

The Detroit Lions were eliminated from the playoffs, but they still have a game left to play. They’ll square off against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, a team that has also been long eliminated from playoff contention.

“It would look even worse to people that still are following this team if we went to Minnesota and mailed it in,” receiver Nate Burleson said Tuesday, via the Associated Press.

Head coach Jim Schwartz is on the hot seat but unlike other coaches who have spoken to their team about it or used it as a motivational tool, he hasn’t said anything.

“He didn’t say anything,” Burleson said. “It’s business as usual.

“We still have a game to play and we need focus on that. That’s what he said. We get paid to play football. It’s not our job to worry about what will happen.”

He might not have to say anything though, the players know what is at stake and could elevate their play to try and finish the season on a strong note for their coach.

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  • Greg Miiller

    I have been a Lions fan for many, many years. When Coach Schwartz was brought on to the team I really thought we were going to make it deep into the playoffs, if not the Superbowl. The team is the highest caliber in the NFL and they just need the extra top-notch coaching to get them there. Coach Schwartz brought them to this level and now they need someone else to take them all the way. This type of talent needs to be challenged and pushed to that level. The boring offensive play calling is predictable and the defense does not make the right adjustments through the whole game; that is coaching (not to mention the time clock and penalty issues). Stafford has been horrible but has amazing talent. The right coach could fix him up just fine.

    Personally, I will miss Schwartz but it is time the Lions make a name for themselves other than “the same ‘ole Lions”. That statement makes me frustrated but I find myself saying it. The last several years I have spent thousands of dollars for my family to go to the games. If something does not change then we will not be attending any games next year; but I will still watch at home since we love the players and Lions team. I will watch the last game against the Vikings even though it has no meaning.
    A Lifetime Lions Fan.