Bill Huber: I know it's complicated, but what is the overriding reason why the Lions are winless? Kicker Jason Hanson this week said he's been around teams with worse talent and worse attitudes.
Nate Caminata: I think it's a combination of bad luck, lack of confidence and, whether Hanson wants to admit it or not, talent. The Lions should have notched a win over Minnesota earlier this year, but were genuinely robbed by two calls late in the fourth quarter that would have secured a win. When losing becomes a trend, you have to overcome not only the opposition you're playing (and surely, Detroit's schedule has not been a cakewalk) and your own mental stumbling blocks. After 15 games, that has yet to happen.
Nate Caminata: All Lions fans need to do is look at the Miami Dolphins for proof that a turnaround is certainly possible, especially in today's NFL. They have, in my opinion, the most talented offensive player in the league in Johnson, who is the LeBron James of football. Kevin Smith is a talented back with a ton of potential, and Ernie Sims -- although he's struggled in 2008 -- is certainly a defensive weapon. They're not completely without talent, but the supporting cast will be all but eliminated in the offseason.
Nate Caminata: We've probably seen the last of Daunte Culpepper in Detroit -- and perhaps in football. He's due $2.5 million in February and another $2.5 million if he returns to play in 2009. Neither will happen. His play was erratic at best this year, and his injury concerns have made any return to the Lions, or the NFL in general, unlikely.
Orlovsky is another story. In spite of injuries and drama that have curtailed Detroit's year, he has managed a respectable 74.3 passer rating. The Lions' coaching staff is aware that Orlovsky can make just about any throw, and his accuracy is the best among the team's stable of quarterbacks. Whether or not the new staff in 2009 will bring him back (he'll be a free agent) is different question altogether, but he might be worth a look. Expect him to come out firing on Sunday if for no other reason than put something impressive on game film.
Bill Huber: Gov. Jennifer Granholm, sick of the Lions losing games and the Big Three losing money, has just kidnapped the entire leadership structures of GM, Ford, Chrysler and the Lions. She turns to you, and after some contemplation, you decide fixing the Lions is an easier task than solving what's wrong with the automakers. So, Nate, what's your game plan?
Nate Caminata: My game plan ...
Perhaps easier said than done, but fire everyone, from upper level management down to the cleaning crew. Give Scott Pioli, who of late is rumored to be entertaining the idea of beginning anew elsewhere, anything he asks. And stay the hell out of his way. The interesting thing is that this is such a no-brainer that any fan with any semblance of football knowledge would do the same exact thing -- yet we can't count on Lions' ownership to do it.
Oh, and hire cheerleaders.
Bill Huber: I've got to ask: What's it like being around an 0-15 team? It's no picnic here with a team that's lost five in a row. The locker room is a bit more sparse and the coaches speak in coach-speak because they don't have the answers or aren't willing to tell those answers.
Nate Caminata: Detroit's players have never wavered with the media. They've always been upfront, honest, and ready to answer any question. I think that is a reflection of head coach Rod Marinelli, who has certainly brought respectable and first-class players into the fold. Obviously, that hasn't translated onto the field. From a media perspective, this has been one of the easier and more professional teams in Detroit in the last 10 years -- ironically enough.
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