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For several games now, the Lions have showed signs on the field of getting outcoached.
At one point, the Lions couldn't lose, and Schwartz was the master of the halftime adjustment.
Last Sunday, he got out-adjusted. Lovie Smith's Bears ran roughshod over the Lions, and in many ways, it was worse in the second half than it was in the first.
It's worth noting that the defense played extremely well throughout this game, but that didn't matter much because the Bears' defense outscored the Lions' offense.
Maybe this is more Scott Linehan, and maybe it's just the players' lack of execution out on the field. But, in the Lions' three losses, opponents seem to have gotten their number (especially on offense), and the Lions have been forced out of their game plan.
For illustration, anybody who thinks the Lions' game plan was for Matthew Stafford to throw 63 passes last week needs to see a psychiatrist.
We're at the point in the season where coaches really shine (or not). It's time to work around major injuries, and adjust parts of the game plan that aren't working.
There is enough game film on hand to know what teams are and aren't doing well, and where there will be weaknesses to exploit. And, similarly, coaches know that their opponents have that information, so there is a certain amount of gamesmanship in game planning for what you expect the other team to game plan for.
Schwartz and Co. have to know, especially after this whipping, that other teams are starting to get the Lions figured out. The game plan template to beat them has been laid out.
Now we get to see what he's going to do about it.