The Detroit Lions were once on top of their division, but they have since crumbled down and are now a franchise without direction. When it comes to Detroit, their issues aren't exactly deep-seated; it's the little, fixable things that they've done wrong and just haven't corrected.
They were officially knocked out of the playoff race yesterday due to an overtime loss to the New York Giants, a game that could have easily been won by Detroit.
With both Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler having missed significant time due to injury, the Lions let go of a great opportunity to take control of the NFC North and make a playoff push, but they let it slip right out of their fingers.
Ball security has plagued the Lions all season long but has been a monumental issue in this past month of football. They've turned the ball over 18 times in the past five games, which is a big reason for their fall from the top of the division.
Although they've built a solid offense all around, the Lions will continue to be plagued by the turnover bug if they don't fix it soon. Nothing holds a team back like turning the ball over, and we saw that first hand with Detroit this season.
With as much talent as there is on Detroit's offense, you'd think that drops wouldn't be an issue, yet here we are. The Lions lead the NFL in drops this season with 41, a number they must work on deflating this offseason.
The #Lions had three drops again Monday. Sixth time in past seven games the Lions have had three or more drops in a game.— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) December 17, 2013
What it all boils down to is execution, and the Lions haven't been too good at that this season. If it weren't for some big drops at crucial times, Detroit could've made some serious waves in the NFC this season.
We've all seen what happens when Ndamukong Suh gets a bit angry and goes stompin' around, but as his attitude has gotten milder, his team has lacked indoctrination.
It does relate back to the dropped balls, as it all revolves around a general attention to detail, which Detroit has been missing at many times this season.
Reggie Bush says the Lions lack discipline. http://t.co/WySDl9gK9w— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 20, 2013
Reggie Bush has spoken up about the Lions' lack of discipline on the field, pointing a finger at the players and not the coach. "It’s not a coaches thing," Bush said, "It’s a players thing. We can do a better job all across the board."
There's many changes that must be made by the Lions this offseason, but it all starts with looking at the little things with a meticulous eye.