Let’s get this out of the way, the Lions do not suck, stink, or blow. But I can understand you’d have that sour attitude if you faithfully believed that they were going to improve on their 10 wins, and maybe even win a playoff game.
The Lions are a mediocre football team.
Depending how resilient they are or aren’t the rest of the season, they could miraculously win 9 games, or a small fire on the stove could wind up burning down a block of buildings, and they close the year with a 6-10 or 5-11 record.
How’d did we get here?
The Lions don’t lack talent. But that talent has been far too mistake ridden this season. Drops, penalties, turnovers. Mental mistakes, physical mistakes, coaching mistakes. All have rightly been part of our Monday discussions.
Last year the quarterback played so sublimely, he was able to mask weaknesses, mistakes and general poor play. That’s not the case this year.
Whose fault is it? Did Stafford, who clearly is extremely blessed, not commit himself enough to his craft before the season (and now during it)? Does the coaching staff lack the acumen and precision to help Stafford elevate his play?
I don’t have the answers. Just the stats. They’re as grizzly as you’d expect.
2012 First half: 61.4% completions, 2 TDs, 6 INTs, 68.5 QB rating
2012 2nd half/OT: 66.0%, 9 TDs, 2 INTs, 99.5 QB rating
Our eyes have indicted Stafford’s erratic first halves this year, but the stats convict him. On all charges.
I’m not a Stafford basher, but I’m not going to be among those complimenting the fact that he and the Lions offense have a knack for their wagon circling in second halves, and late in games. I’m more interested in curing the reasons that they’re there in the first place.
Again, who do we question for these abysmally slow starts? Is Stafford not properly engaged at kickoff? Is his fire not lit until he and the team are pressed into an inescapable corner? As I’ve questioned before, are the Lions losing games because their coaching staff loses Monday through Saturday?
There’s so much more that we could discuss about the Lions’ failings, but it’ll devolve into a conversation about whether there’s confidence in the Lions management to make the right decisions to improve this team. That’s a very viable discussion, just not one we need to spend a great deal of time on right this second. Trust me though, it’s coming.
For now, I’d just like to converse about what makes the Lions mediocre. Because that’s what they are.