After installing the system over the bye week, hoping it would help them score more quickly, the Lions looked confused and disorganized as they tried to run it in Sunday's 34-7 loss to Chicago.
Now they apparently will abandon it.
"Yeah, I'm going to go ahead and probably say it might be over with," wide receiver Mike Furrey said with a laugh. "We had one week to practice it. Obviously it's something you wish you would have put in during training camp, but we were trying to change it up and get the energy level."
The Lions pared down former offensive coordinator Mike Martz's passing attack entering the season. Now coach Rod Marinelli thinks they should pare it down again.
"I feel like we're a little bit scattered right now, and that's why I'm going to pull back," Marinelli said. "I think when you're not doing anything well, you kind of pull back and just go right back to the very basics."
Marinelli wants to get back to what the Lions did well in the preseason — running the ball with play-action passes, roll-outs and bootlegs.
He pointed out the Lions started four young players — running back Kevin Smith, fullback Jerome Felton, right guard Manny Ramirez and right tackle Gosder Cherilus.
"Especially when you're playing three or four young guys, it's too much sometimes — too many checks for them, maybe," Marinelli said. "I just want to get back to doing something well."
Furrey is disappointed.
"People keep talking about how we're going to scale things back," Furrey said. "We're pretty simple right now. We've taken a lot of things out from the last couple years. Like I said, it's the same offense, but we've already scaled back a lot and still we're not getting it done. I don't know if scaling back's the answer. I mean, I really don't know."
Furrey can't believe what has happened to the Lions, who started 6-2 last season and have gone 1-11 since. He used words like "mayhem" and "crazy" and "mind-boggling."
As he walked off the field Sunday, he said: "It's amazing how we prepare, we work hard, and then to come out and put on a display this. ... I don't even understand. I don't know what's going on. We don't even know what's going on."
Asked what the Lions needed to change, he brought up the firings of president Matt Millen over the bye week and offensive coordinator Mike Martz after last season.
"I don't know," Furrey said. "They tried to change management. They tried to put it on Mike Martz. We're still in the same situation three years later."
Furrey didn't sound much different Monday.
"Right now," Furrey said, "we're just as blindsided by this just like everybody else. I feel bad for Detroit. They deserve so much better than what we're doing. It's a shame right now. ...
"I'm totally blown away with what's going on right now. It's just something we need to continue to keep working on. We're human. It's a struggle to come in here every day knowing that what we expected is not what it is right now. We're on the total opposite of what we thought we'd be in here right now. ...
"It just seems like there's just one thing missing and we can't figure it out right now, and we've just got to keep grinding."