This is where things really get messed up. Its going to sound like excuses, and maybe it is. I think it boils down more to circumstances.
I dont think the dline was gassed from being on the field all day. I think they got gassed in the 4th quarter, because thats when they spent the most time on the field. So it wasnt a cumulative effect of the game, as in 21 minutes out of 60. It was being on the field for over half a quarter. (I dont know what the actual time was).
I dont buy that the Lions D ran their regular defense in the 4th. They didnt. Anyone who could see knows they didnt. They let off the gas, and they got burned. The team got content and sloppy and then things snowballed very quickly, and the team because we STILL lack mental poise, caved.
The Lions had the game in complete control. They were lulled into false security. They tried to run clock, and instead they handcuffed the offense after the Hock TD. Its the right move, but not for this team. They then tried to play prevent defense, keep things underneath and keep the clock moving. Its again, the right move, but not for this team. Then, they collectively panicked and called time out on themselves. Right move, but wrong timing. Then, they allowed their punt to get blocked.
The truth is, the Lions are composed of mental midgets. Unfortunately, this is not an easy fix. Poise isnt something you can buy, or trade for. Its earned, and proven in game situations. Amendola is as experienced a receiver as there is, and he damn lost his mind trying to make shit happen. Thats all caused because of people panicking under duress.
We need to see where this game goes, but the Arizona game is the first game Im admitting maybe Patricia doesnt have the handle or gauge on this team. My hope? This was a vicious learning experience. My hope is for Patricia to say “For all of you who asked for an easier camp, you got it, and you turned this in” and then turn the fire up. My concern? That this is the game that we note is where things turned south