By all accounts, the 2012 Detroit Lions are, at least statistically, almost similar to the team that stormed into the playoffs with a 10-6 record last year. But this season, Detroit is a disappointing 4-8 and occupies the cellar of the NFC North, a position that no one in the Motor City expected amidst a season that has brought about more questions concerning the team's future.
This team is mostly unchanged from last year, save for a few pieces on offense and defense that have contributed well in 2012. But why then, have they regressed to such a point that the playoffs are now a distant memory?
Maybe Detroit was never really as good as we thought they were. Since starting 5-0 in 2011, the Lions are just 9-15 (including the playoffs), a dismal mark for a team with so much talent. Why can't Detroit seem to put together a solid four or five-week stretch of good football?
There are many reasons, and there are no quick fixes. It all comes down to execution and discipline, two things the Lions have lacked all year.