Following the success of 2011, the Detroit Lions' 2012 season was a massive disappointment. Finishing 4-12 was the worst thing that could've happened to them. As a a result, blame needs to be assigned.
That's nothing new. In the NFL, blame is doled out after each and every loss. Sometimes it's a referee who blows a call or a coach who mismanages the clock—or throws a flag when he's not supposed to.
Ultimately, it's the players who deserve the most blame though. They have the greatest impact on the outcome of the game with their actions or inactions on the field.
The Lions are no different. General manager Martin Mayhew and head coach Jim Schwartz deserve some blame, but it's the players who have the most responsibility for their losing season.
Not every player though. Many had great seasons and deserve high praise, while others simply disappointed.
Here are the Lions' most disappointing players of 2012 in no particular order.