Behind those incredibly cool sunglasses are the eyes of a disturbed man, capable of bringing hope to a fanbase in Detroit—a group that had given up all hope until a few years ago—and then destroying that hope like it was a varmint carrying a pestilent virus.
Alright, perhaps I'm overstating it a bit, but still, there's no doubt that the Detroit Lions have fallen further and faster than any team this year besides the New Orleans Saints—and we can kind of understand why the Saints are terrible.
The Lions troubles started to reveal themselves early last season, in the now-infamous clash between Jim Schwartz and San Francisco 49ers' head coach Jim Harbaugh. Schwartz came completely unglued, setting a terrible example for his impressionable team.
Then, this past offseason, the team experienced multiple embarrassing off-field incidents involving drugs and general misbehavior—an ominous sign of things to come.
ESPN.com's Jeff Chadiha caught up with Schwartz, who said this about the epidemic:
If you look at all the incidents that happened, not one involved a player who was actually in Detroit at the time. Every guy was in another place. That speaks to the accountability they have to the team while they're here. And while it's something you have to address, we also know we have six months with them before they leave again.
Accountability is accountability, as far as I'm concerned. The players have to be accountable to one another both in season and out.
Accountability starts at the top.
It's clear from the way the Lions have played so far this season that Schwartz doesn't have his team focused or disciplined, and if things continue the way they've been going so far, Schwartz can kiss his job goodbye.
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