This is what we were told before last season's dreadful 2-14 campaign. Head Coach Marty Mornhinweg made it clear to everyone that, indeed, the bar is high. However, now 2-16 with no hope in sight, one has to wonder, where exactly is this bar, and if its so high, why is the rest of the league so much higher?
The Detroit Lions have been the worst team in football since the beginning of last year, there can barely even be an argument made for anyone else besides the Lions. And yet, Mornhinweg claimed when he first entered that only the best would be accepted, that, in his words, 'the bar is high'. Now, one would assume that even if the players weren't championship caliber, the coaches would pry every ounce of ability out of them to field the best possible team. And yet, last season, with a similar team from the previous season that went 9-7, Mornhinweg and his crew managed only 2 victories. Not the type of 'bar-raising' experience one would hope for.
And so, the excuses followed. In fact, with the exception of a few, there were problems everywhere one looked. Some players weren't motivated, some were just bad, the lack of team speed everywhere on the field. The excuses went on and on. And so, the house was cleaned. New players were brought in at many positions, and now Mornhinweg had a team of his guys, players that would fit his systems, that were much better than what the old Lions could do.
And so now we would see the bar be raised, right? I mean, there might be a few positions that show their weaknesses, but Rome couldn't be built in a day. But, we were going to see improvement in many areas of this football team. At least that's what many Lions fans thought.
And then, it happened. The Lions started to play again, and started to embarrass themselves, this time even worse. Miami absolutely destroyed the Lions, in every aspect of the game. But, Miami was a Super Bowl contender, Carolina wasn't on the same level.
Which is true. Carolina, coming into the season, was thought to be the worst team in the league. And yet, that same team, the same team that now starts Detroit castoff Rodney Peete as their Quarterback, absolutely destroyed the Lions this past weekend.
So, where does this leave the bar now? Is there even a bar left to speak of? If so, it might not be a bad idea for Mornhinweg to make its presence felt, before Marty, and his bar, are given a one way ticket out of town.