posted on Apr, 27 2006 @ 12:32 PM
Problems in detroit...where do we start???
I think that Mariucci wasnt the right coach for this team. I get the feeling, in general , that the lions arent buying in to the whole 1 team
concept. They seem to be a bunch of individuals pointing fingers at others rather then coming together as one unit. Mariucci was soft on the team,
which allowed this behavior to continue. There is no real chemistry. I mean you can draft high quality players, and on paper, your team is stacked.
But getting them to play together, and play at a high level constantly is another thing. I was very upset when the lions drafted mike williams last
year...not that he isnt very talented, but why draft a receiver when there are soooo many other positions that needed help? I feel the offensive line
is a problem, no 1000 yard rusher and poor pass protection lies on those guys shoulders. Harrington wasnt a true leader. I really feel that Joey
wanted to win and play great, but after his second season, i think he gave up on detroit and was just waiting for his contract to expire. Then again
I wasnt sold on joey and feel that isnt starter-quality in the nfl. The defense was injury plagued AGAIN. This has been a major problem for the team.
LB's, DB's, D lineman...Usually there are 3 to 4 starters on defenses hurt all the time. And they dont have much depth on defense, so when a
starter goes out, its a huge hole. There are so many problems here in detroit. I really liked them signing mccown, but if the line doesnt protect, I
dont think he can do much better than joey. The defense feels the offense is at fault, the offense feels the defense is at fault. Its very childish.
Last season the lions lost like 4 or 5 games by 6 points or less, usually in the 4th quarter. To me thats the defense not holding on in the end.
But in the same token, if the offense goes 3 and out more than 50% of the time, the defense is going to be tired. Now the stories coming out are that
Marrinelli isnt really the head coach. Marrinelli is acting more like the defensive coordinator, while Mike Martz seems to be calling more shots and
is THE GUY trying to get this team together as one. I think this season is going to be another bust, they will be lucky to pull 6 wins this year.
It kind of reminds me of the raiders, a franchise just spinning out of control (and the raiders are my favorite team so it pains me). But the lions
pretty much have problems every where you look. And dont be surprised if the lions draft ANOTHER receiver this year.