The Detroit Tigers lost again tonight bringing their 2012 record against the Cleveland Indians to 0-4, and their overall record to 25-30. At this point there isn’t much more to say about that. Things need to change and they need to change quickly. The Owner or the Front Office needs to fire someone, and the roster needs some turnover. Until that happens let us switch gears and talk about the Detroit Lions.
It is pretty easy to say that my frustration is over all the off the field drama, however my frustration gores back a little farther. I just read an article on Mlive.com about how the drug issues this off season may have altered the Lions draft strategy. At first I was like of course it did. The team simply couldn’t afford to add another guy with issues to this locker room. However, after thinking about if for a moment it started to feel like more of the same for this team.
What I mean by that is always seems like the Lions are reacting to things. Instead of implementing their own brand, their own system, it always seems like the owners or the management is trying to ride the latest football trend. It is a crap way to run a pro sport franchise, and even though they have changed a lot in the past few years, it still makes me think that they are always reacting instead of acting.
Back in the Wayne Fontes era it was the run and shoot offense, Matt Millen tired to bring the West Coast offense to town, and there are a number of other examples of the Lions trying things that have worked for other teams instead of taking the time to come up with their own thing. The Pittsburgh Steelers have a system, it is theirs, and it is not pretty. However, it works and I would like to see the Lions have their own version of that. Maybe they do, maybe QB Matthew Stafford, WR Calvin Johnson, DT Ndamukong Suh, Head Coach Jim Schwartz, and GM Martin Mayhew are already creating that. And yes maybe I am being overly critical.
After all the years of futility I guess I just want this team to have an identity, and not one of a bunch of punks or troublemakers.