The Detroit Lions' Woes Are Far From Over

Ross Maghielse@@MaghielseCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 13:  Head coach Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions argues a call with the referees during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on September 13, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Lions 45-27.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

New Orleans 45, Detroit 27. Look familiar?

Sunday saw another loss, another press conference, another plea for patience, and another weekend for the Detroit Lions organization.

There is no such thing as “hitting rock bottom”. There is somewhere else to go but up. Things can get worse.

These are facts that fans of the Detroit Lions, and the organization itself needs to come to grips with. Detroit have now lost eighteen consecutive regular season games and that streak is likely to grow.

Do the Detroit Lions “have to win a game” this season? No...heck no!

This team is bad...really bad. And it may not win a game anytime soon, maybe not even this season.

Am I overreacting? Possibly, but my thoughts are based on what I see on the field. I don’t care about potential, patience, or a “new era”. All that matters are the results. Wins and losses. Period.

It’s gotten to the point now where even the national media is going out of its way to try and sugarcoat how horrible the Detroit Lions are.

Fox Sports analyst Michael Strahan said at halftime of Detroit’s first game that he “is happy for the people of Detroit” because, in his mind, Matthew Stafford and the Lions were playing well.

The Lions trailed New Orleans 28-10 at halftime, and Stafford had just thrown an interception in the red zone on Detroit’s final possession. Stafford did not “handle himself well”, as stated by Trent Green during the game. He did not show “great poise and leadership”.

He was horrible. I’m talking Ty Detmer bad.

What was even worse than Stafford’s performance was Detroit’s arena football style defense. For the majority of the game, the Lions only rushed three defenders, and dropped everyone else back in pass coverage.

Drew Brees threw for 356 yards and six touchdowns.

This team is a joke, and in the state of Michigan, it’s not funny anymore. Although I’m sure Jay Leno will have some nice Detroit Lions punch lines in his debut tonight.

Making matters worse is the schedule that lies ahead. Next up for the Lions are consecutive home games against the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins, respectively. Then, it’s on the road to Chicago before coming back home to take on Pittsburgh. After the Pittsburgh game, it’s a nice easy trip to Lambeau Field. Ouch.

Barring an upset, the Lions first legitimate chance at a win doesn’t come until week eight against the St. Louis Rams. Even that game is a toss-up at best.

Do I think the Lions will actually go 0-16 again? No I do not. But there is not one team on Detroit’s schedule that anyone can circle and say with confidence that the Lions are a better team.

Not one.

My advice to Lions fans—download Al Pacino’s speech from Any Given Sunday and listen to it over and over again.

Either that, or spend Sunday afternoons watching Home Improvement reruns.


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