This lost season sucks. Period. Talk about firing Quinn and Patricia are appropriate and worth having. When I look at this season I look at the first game and the defense collapse V. the Cards and the Raiders game (the Lions were 3-3-1 at that point).
No need to focus too much on the Cards game as we all know the situation in that we led until we didn’t. The defense collapsed as it has all season.
The Raiders game is very, very interesting. Stafford had a 110+ rating, threw for 406 yards and 3 TDs. The defense gave up 2 4th quarter TDs that sealed the deal. Stafford drove the Lions down late, had the ball at the Raiders 1 but we could not score on 4th and goal at the Raiders 1. But that Raiders team had almost 100 rushing yards at the half alone. The Lions defensive failure is much, much more that failure to get pressure on the QB or failure to cover.
This Raiders game showed a Matt Stafford rolling hard. Maybe a dark horse league MVP candidate yet the Lions were just 3-3-1 before the Raiders game. The Lions had defensive issues all season but the offense has been rolling despite not running well.
As we discuss firing the front office, Patricia and all options in between I think a few observations are worth thinking about:
- I cannot help but think about this article after we added Danny Amendola in April 2019:
“On Danny Amendola, Kenny Golladay said the veteran slot has a crazy work ethic and it forces him to elevate his effort so he’s not getting outworked,” Rogers tweeted."
Kenny Golladay is a monster. 1,008 receiving yards, 10 TDs and a 19.0 per catch average. Wow. Back to back 1,000 yard seasons. Calvin who in some ways.
- Safety Quandre Diggs. I think about Diggs in light of what Kenny said about Amendola. Diggs sucked balls here in 2019. He just did. I don’t know why and I don’y really care in light of what Golladay is doing and what Stafford did when he was healthy.
I also think of some fine stats provided by Spielman54 (I think) about great coaches and their early records with teams. Great coaches turn in winning seasons within a year or two maybe without exception.
Next I think of Caldwell V. Patricia and I have to say Caldwell got more out of his players than Patricia is getting.
I also think about injuries and while this Lions team is deep we were still exposed. Hell…half the DL was out at points this season, Jarrad Davis is likely hurt much worse than reported and so on.
The Lions showed the ability to score, grab a lead but we fall apart late. That smells like coaches find ways get the lead but talent catches up with us. Or a lack of talent on the defensive side…or hell, maybe it is coaching?
Last I think about culture, esp. in light of Diggs playing well in Seattle. I think about Slay and his comments. I think about Mike Daniels WANTING to come here. I think about Snacks being willing to sign an extension here.
In closing I am fine firing Quinn, Patrica and everyone. I am also fine with keeping everyone. I guess I feel like I just don’t know what is going on. Is Patricia really fighting against a culture where guys come here and play well enough to put up numbers but not well enough to win? Is Detroit a place where guys are mentally lazy? I think about the rings Danny Amendola has and the lack of rings for Calvin Johnson (as well as a false start by Calvin late V. the Cowboys in that 2014 playoff game).
On offense I think the little things are starting to happen. The OL has played pretty damn well. Marvin. Jones and other offensive players have played well outside RB, And Bo Scarborough looks like a viable running back. A more talented Zenner. But this defense is just too up and down to be a one person thing.
I don’t know. I am venting I guess and I see mixed information almost at every level. IF Patricia is trying to change this culture I think it should be noted that this task is MUCH tougher maybe than it looks like. And maybe that is enough to buy Patrica a third season?
That Raiders game sticks with me though. We got pushed around on defense. Punked. That is to some degree scheme but also a whole lot of players simply taking it. When a team runs the rock down your throat like that we have deeper issues than just or only scheme. Fielding a defense that gets pushed around is common here in Detroit. That also happened in 2016. See the Seahawks push us around in that Wild Card game.
I guess I just don’t know what to think and I am bothered. Some evidence suggests we are much closer than it looks ad some evidence suggests Patricia and Quinn need to go. Martha…what ya’ got?