Detroit Lions continue to lose; who deserves the blame?

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The Detroit Lions‘ losses keep piling up, but who’s to blame?

Everyone is accountable for how the Detroit Lions’ season started, even the fans. But, did anyone expect a rebuild in a few short months? Jared Goff plays scapegoat as fans look for someone to point the finger at being winless after six weeks. Oh sure, blame the new guy.

Others blame Lions Head Coach Dan Campbell and his aggressive coaching style, which has been a breath of fresh air since Matt Patricia was relieved of his duties. The process needs to develop before it can prove successful. Be patient.

After last weekend’s loss to the Bengals, the Lions remain winless because of undisciplined play, a lack of talent in critical positions, and a laundry list of injuries.

Lions nation needs to learn that this season represents a baseline for a year or two down the road. Hopefully, I can at least show you there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Detroit Lions Head Coach Dan Campbell needs to bring out the textbooks!

Detroit continues to play undisciplined on both sides of the ball. It seems that the fundamentals flew out with the last regime. Penei Sewell, rookie tackle, has yet to perform to expectations, unable to stop the rush. He has been such a disappointment that there are rumors of him switching sides when, or if, Taylor Decker returns.

It’s not just the rookie causing problems. The offense as a unit fails to put numbers on the scoreboard, ranking 26th in points scored and averaging the fifth-lowest amount of points per game. T.J. Hockenson and D’Andre Swift can only do so much; other players need to step up.

Detroit Lions Quarterback Jared Goff’s struggles will continue.

Before I go into this rant, I need to clarify that I agree Goff needs to step up. There is no situation where a quarterback or player should throw the ball away on fourth down. So what’s the point of going for it?

Anyway, the front office needs to help him out. Goff succeeded in Los Angeles because of the weapons around him. Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp developed into superstar wide receivers in a few years with the help of Goff, even making a Super Bowl appearance during that span.

But, unfortunately, Kalif Raymond and Amon-Ra St. Brown are not the answer. The trade deadline brings an opportunity for Lions General Manager Brad Holmes to spend a pretty penny to help his guy.

According to Ian Rappaport, the Lions have been linked into a possible trade for Cardinals wide receiver Andy Isabella. Unfortunately, Isabella has not had the chance to prove himself in the desert, being pushed down the totem pole at every opportunity.

Isabella is a start, but why not make a blockbuster move? Goff proved for the past three seasons that he thrives on a connection with a star pass catcher. Players like Odell Beckham Jr., Jameson Crowder, or even Allen Robinson (fingers crossed) elevate the offense to a new level. They have a reliable target, which is not something fans can say currently.

Injuries yield the Detroit Lions rebuild process, yet again.

Death. Taxes. And the Lions struggling to work through their injuries.

It has turned into an annual event. Players begin to drop like flies, landing them on the injury report. Quintez Cephus’s injury hurts the most; someone failed to step up last game.

Injuries happen in football, which is why teams stack their rosters with as much depth as possible. Unfortunately, the Lions have gone bankrupt after the injuries continue to populate the weekly reports.

A trade brings a new face to town and helps the injured players properly recover. But, unfortunately, they do not have to rush back, leading to potentially re-aggravating the injury, forcing them to be sidelined longer than the time prior.

The 2021 season has started a bit bumpy. First, the team remains winless, forcing coach Campbell to break into tears over his built-up frustration. So let it out, Dan. The fans feel it too.

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Holmes and Campbell promised change. Change starts with their approach to the trade deadline. Detroit needs to take a page out of their playbook to land a new face. Be aggressive in negotiations. If it was done in the past, the idea is trash. Do something different.