12 November 2009
OK, I will. But only one grade.
EVERYBODY GETS AN F.
What else can I do? Football is a true team game. And as a team, the Lions fail miserably.
Though few and far between, the offense has had their moments. But the offense lacks any sort of consistency and have a penchant for the ill-timed turnover. Having a rookie quarterback just exacerbates matters.
The Seattle disaster was the Lions' offensive season in a nutshell. An excellent A+ of a 1st quarter was washed away by unpleasantly vile 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters. They get a A+ for the one quarter, then 3 consecutive fails. Overall, that's an F in my book.
But Lions football is more than just an offensive offense. Pure and simple, the defense and special teams blow. Blow big time. Blow goats. Blow, blow blow! Then blow some more. 7 blows equals 1 big, fat F.
As for coaching, the NFL is a results driven business. At this moment, in Detroit, business sucks.
Yes, considering there's little legitimate NFL talent on hand, Jim Schwartz, Scott Linehan and Gunther Cunningham are essentially coaching with one arm tied behind their back, wearing blindfolds while pistols are being held against their temples. But I'm not giving them special dispensation. I expected this team to be better than 1-7. Not much better, but better...rookie quarterback and head coach be damned. (Which they are, being members of the Detroit Lions)
I'm sorry, but 1 single, solitary victory over the imploding Redskins does not a passing grade make.
After what the Lions have put us fans through over this past decade, I'm not about to start grading on a curve. If this pitiful franchise wants to get a better, higher, passing grade over the final 8 games, they'll have to earn it.
They may be capable of doing so, even if the passing grade ends up being a D-. I'm not at all confident they will.
The Lions' new semester starts Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. I'll have my red pen at the ready.
I have a feeling I'm going to need a whole lot of red pens...
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