Here’s my question for the day. Are the Lions a good bad team, or a bad good team? Let me explain.
A good bad team outperforms expectations given their talent level, but will never be great. They win most (if not all) of the games they are supposed to win, but rarely (if ever) win games against elite opponents. Good bad teams are often well coached and play well as a team, but just don’t have the talent to compete with the best.
A bad good team has all the talent they need to win against anyone, but isn’t consistent. So they will lose to teams they shouldn’t, but they’ll also occasionally show up for the big games and play really well.
I’m willing to ignore the good good team and bad bad team options, as we obviously aren’t good good, and we haven’t been bad bad since about 2008/2009, in honesty. But where are we now? And which would you prefer? Would you rather have a good bad team, that rarely disappoints you, but also rarely surprises you? Or would you rather have a bad good team, that lets you down some weeks, but also surprises you?
For the record, I think we’re a bad good team this year, or at least we were before all the injuries. And Carolina is another great bad good team example- they’ve got plenty of talent, and sometimes they are on (like against us last year) and sometimes they just aren’t (like this year).