Last season, the Detroit Lions were one of the biggest surprises in the NFL and made the playoffs. This season, they're a surprise for the opposite reason. The Lions have started the season 1-3 and if not for a comeback against St.Louis in the first week of the season, Detroit would be winless.
But Detroit's record could be reversed if not for poor coaching.
Two weeks ago, a mistake between center Dominic Raiola and quarterback Shaun Hill cost Detroit a chance at a game-tying field goal against Tennessee. Last week, Detroit lost 20-13 to Minnesota because of a kickoff returned for a touchdown on the first play of the game and a punt return in the third quarter.
The Lions offense has arguably the best quarterback and wide receiver combination in the league. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson have been the core of the offense, which ranks first in the league in passing yards per game. The running game hasn't been as bad as expected and Mikel Leshoure and Kevin Smith have split the carries in Detroit's backfield.
The Lions defense has a lot of talent but has not played very well. Detroit's defensive line, led by Ndamukong Suh is one of the most fearsome units in the league, but the Lions are in the middle of the pack in average rushing yardage allowed per game at 102. Their biggest problem on defense is that they have only forced three turnovers all season.
Detroit certainly has the talent to bounce back from this disappointing start, but my problem is with their coaching and attention to detail.
Jim Schwartz has had issues with this team on and off the field and these last two losses have shown it. Something is wrong in that locker room and I think if Detroit continues to struggle then Schwartz could be on the way out. If the Lions can get their heads on straight, they certainly have enough talent to climb out of the NFC North cellar.