My my my ...
Well ... as I wave to the bandwagon as it takes off without me ...
Oh well ... it was nice to have a ride on the wagon ... even a short one.
To be sure ... I MISSED the game.
Alas, the tape machine was properly set (I was in West Virginia), but ummmm ... Royal Oak had a power outage. NoooooOOOO!!! Oh well.
So when the power came back on, I went on the computer ever so cautiously. How'd my boys do? I was scared to look. I should have been.
The NFL has had roughly 10 games where a loser lost by over 30 points, and the Lions were victims in three and victorious in one.
Last year, the Lions lost by 10 or more points just three times. This year? five times. And the one "close" loss was a 16-3 deficit late in the 4th Qtr.
But really -- looking at the stats for yesterday -- I see the following:
pass, pass, pass, pass, pass
pass, run for 4, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, Kitna fumbled snap, pass, pass.
pass, pass, pass, pass.
pass, pass, sack.
pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass.
That was the first half. Now I can understand passing a whole lot in the 2nd half -- way behind. But what's the excuse or explanation for the first half?
We've discussed it before: one-dimensional means the other team gets to FOCUS on what you're doing. If their weakness is pass defense to some extent, well, they get to put forth a full concentration on pass defense. No need to concern themselves with running plays. That lets them do better in pass defense than they'd otherwise do. This isn't insight -- it's elementary, dear Watson. It's first-grade football ... 101. It's common sense.
Make no mistake. If the Lions named Colletto (a former OC) or Kippy (a former OC) or Wilbert (an offensive assistant for 11 seasons for Vermeil and then Martz) as OC today ... and fired Martz ... I'd cheer.
Let's also be clear on this. If the Lions lose the last eight straight -- including one or two more embarrassing losses ... I don't care that we got a whopping 6 wins in 2007. The Martz, Millen, Barry, and Marinelli families can all start packing.
Shameful. Just shameful. I didn't see the game -- and don't bother offering to send me a tape. I don't want to see it.
The kick return? I saw it on the news. We were still in the game at that point. But were we really "in" the game? Watch it again if you can.
I don't know what happened ... but somehow the effort on the team seems to have nosedived. "Pound the rock" is a cutesy catch-phrase, but it's just words. For a while they seemed to put it into action. But .... not any more. We just keep getting destroyed. In all phases of the game.
Shameful. The Mountaineer fans could wear their team apparel with great pride this weekend despite the disappointing loss. Lion fans ... at least me ... practically need to look down when we wear our apparel. Pride? The word goes perfectly with "Lion" ... but not our Detroit Lions. And it's really getting to me.
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