Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell’s post-game message is getting old, and we’re only eight weeks into his tenure.
The latest embarrassing loss came this past Sunday to a below-average Philadelphia Eagles team. At this point, no one should be surprised when the Detroit Lions lose a football game. I expected the Eagles to beat Detroit, albeit the Lions were at home, but I never imagined they’d blow them out to the tune of 44-6.
If you were to see the score of Sunday’s game without opening the box score, you’d think Jalen Hurts must have gotten hot, and the dual-threat quarterback took over the game, right? That wasn’t the case, which opened a whole other can of worms.
Hurts completed nine passes totaling 103 yards without throwing a touchdown and tucked the ball seven times for 71 yards. Going into Sunday’s game, considering how well the Lions played the week prior in Los Angeles, if you had told me the Lions held Hurts to 174 total yards, I would have told you the team got their first win of the season.
The problem Sunday, other than an incompetent offense and quarterback play, was the Detroit Lions seemed to revert back to the Matt Patricia days and couldn’t stop a plastic bag blowing in the breeze.
With starting running back Miles Sanders out, the Eagles turned to veteran bruiser Jordan Howard who galloped for 57 yards and two scores, and Boston Scott, who totaled 60 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground.
It seems as though Detroit’s defensive line didn’t feel much like stopping the run Sunday. Rookie nose tackle Alim McNeill earned a 56 overall grade according to Pro Football Focus (PFF), along with fellow rookie Levi Onwuzurike coming in with a 57.8 mark. Oh, but it gets worse. Veterans Michael Brockers earned an atrocious 30.2 overall grade against the Eagles along with Nick Williams’ 41.4. It will be tough for this defense to hold this team in any game with continued efforts like this.
Following the Detroit Lions’ humiliating loss to the Eagles, head coach Dan Campbell spews the same old excuses, and it’s getting old.
Week after week, Campbell takes to the podium for a post-game press conference with the same speech.
"“I felt like we got out-coached today,” Campbell said. “We got out-played. Across the board. It starts with me. It really does. You don’t play that bad with a number of guys in areas and turn the ball over and penalties. The low energy. You don’t do that unless it comes from the top. It’s on me. I did not set the tone or the tempo properly, obviously, because that was bad. We didn’t give ourselves a chance.”"
Wash, rinse, repeat.
I’m so sick of hearing ‘ I got out-coached, and we got out-played. You know what? Prepare better.
How many weeks are we going to do this? I know, eighteen. As you look game-by-game at the remainder of the Detroit Lions’ schedule, 0-17 is becoming a reality. Wouldn’t that be something, the first organization to go 0-16 and 0-17 in NFL history? Puke.
According to Pro Football Network, Campbell is sending mixed messages. To the media, he’s blaming himself and the Detroit coaching staff by adding in some small jabs (rightfully so) to players such as Jared Goff, but behind closed doors, he’s blaming his players for everything.
Pro Football Network mentions Campbell may be one and done if he loses his locker room and fails to change the culture.
I can’t entirely agree with this notion since the organization seems to be the most loyal organization to their management and coaching staff in the league. Plus Detroit gave Campbell a six-year contract this past offseason, knowing it would take multiple years to accomplish their goal of finally turning things around in Detroit.
I will say this if Campbell and his staff prove they can’t develop their young talents, such as McNeill, Onwuzurike, Derrick Barnes, Peneni Sewell, and Jeff Okudah, perhaps he shouldn’t feel so secure this time next season.