Four Downs recap: Detroit Lions give up five sacks, three to Minnesota's defensive ends
A look back at the four keys for the Detroit Lions in their game against the Minnesota Vikings and how they played out: First Down: Contain Minnesota's ends Jared Allen and Brian Robison terrorized Matthew Stafford last season, but they didn't have a huge impact in this game.
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#1 Sep 30, 2012
Someone in a position of influence needs to call the team together and tell them they aren't good. They think they are, and they are a team full of guys who won't play on special teams, won't help out, off the field are not preparing, and just come off as prima donnas. Perfect example is the overrated D-line who does not disrupt plays at all. The offense has no scheme to open up the receivers and the line has never learned how to run block or adjust for blitzes. The usual team preparation for the Lions is to just throw a few twists at them, they won't be prepared for them, and they are easily confused. They are not coached well, and they aren't prepared with any good game plans. So its an easy mark on everyone else's schedule.
The team keeps thinking they are good, so they won't be prepared for most games this year. Sad to waste Jason Hanson's career, and other talents on the team.
#2 Sep 30, 2012
The biggest problem is no fire, no passion, laughing on the sidelines by starters when they make ONE good play, and they are just overrated sad representatives of a Ford owned franchise that continues to frustrate as it has for fifty years.
Kevin Smith was the workhorse, and the coaches can't even figure how to create a one-two punch in the run game. If it wasn't for Smith, the Lions would be 0-4. Now he sits on the bench as coaches can't adjust and throw different things at an opponent. They are too busy picking up the pieces from things that every opponent throws at the Lions, because it works easily against a predictable team. They are another embarrassment, and laughable at how they all play, especially the primo players like Avril, Suh, Farley, who see themselves as bigger than they are. They play with no fire. And the offense has no exciting schemes at all. When is S. Lenihan going to enhance the game designs? When is the qb coach going to work with Stafford on footwork? When is the o line going to ever run block or prepare to adjust for blitzes? EVER????? No, doubt it.
#3 Oct 1, 2012
I think they know that now....with the loss to the Vikes and Titans....
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