The Detroit Lions are arguably one of the most disappointing teams of the 2013 NFL season.
At one point, the Lions were 6-3 and the NFC North was essentially theirs on a silver platter. Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler were both out with injuries, and all the Lions had to do was not collapse and they would cruise to the division title and the playoffs.
Of course, in typical Detroit Lions fashion, they collapsed. Detroit lost five of its last six games, blew the division and was eliminated from the playoffs. It wasn’t just the losing though, but the way the Lions lost. Bad decisions, turnovers and an overall lack of poise plagued the team.
According to running back Reggie Bush, via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press, the team also has chemistry issues:
“There were certain games where maybe the offense was playing well and the defense struggled,” he said. “Then there’s games where defense played well and offense struggled. Or there’s games — I’m thinking of the Philadelphia game — where special teams just played lights out and offense and defense couldn’t really get it together.
“I just think that maybe our chemistry as a team definitely struggled and lacked a little bit — and obviously the turnovers and big plays, making more plays when needed.”
Unfortunately, it’s a statement like this that could signal the beginning of the end for head coach Jim Schwartz.
He’s been known for his brash attitude and aggressive style of coaching, and that would be fine if his team was winning. It hasn’t though. In fact, the case could be made that Detroit has gotten worse.
The apparent lack of poise has hurt his team on many instances, and now that players are saying that chemistry has been an issue; that just makes Schwartz look even worse.