By: Herman Moore
Ford Lions Report Live Analyst
Imagine the time leading up to the season.
Remember the thoughts of what could have been in store for the Detroit Lions?
Then, sit back and take a moment to think of what’s actually happened thus far -- even all the way back to Memorial Day and over the summer – and entertain this question:
Where did the Lions go wrong?
Sunday’s 35-33 loss to the Andrew Luck-led Indianapolis Colts added to what has been a string of disappointments, week in and week out, for the Lions. Leading 33-21 in the fourth quarter, looking confident and in control, Detroit let another one slip away when Luck completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Avery as time expired.
It was a swift punch to the diaphragm, to say the least, and it’s a sting that could linger with Detroit this Sunday against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
Detroit has had enough distractions this year to last a few seasons.
With offseason arrests for various illegal behavior mixed in with player insubordination and an overall lack of the team concept, Detroit’s once-promising 2012 campaign has spiraled endlessly out of control.
Who would have thought that we’d see the Lions sitting at the bottom of the NFC-North with just four games left? Who would have thought that Detroit would own a 4-8 record, marred by close-call losses and ego-deflating divisional setbacks?
Now, adding fuel to the quickly-expanding wildfire that has become 2012 is the fact that Colts right tackle Mike McGlynn says the Lions aren’t very sportsmanlike, accusing some of celebrating Winston Justice’s reported injury Sunday.
“Totally ignorant on their part, just childish stuff," McGlynn told the Indianapolis Star (via ESPN). "We're all battling out there; I don't know if the hit was legal or not, but clearly he was hurt, and they're out there dancing and pointing at him and laughing. Just blatant disrespect. They're good players, but there's no room for that. It's disgusting, really."
That “blatant disrespect” McGlynn spoke of has no place in the Lions organization, whether the incident happened or not. As of now, there hasn’t been any video evidence that I’ve seen of Lions dancing while Justice writhed in pain.
However, some Lions haven’t exactly been on their best behavior, either. McGlynn’s claim punctuates the madness and keeps that dark cloud hovering over Ford Field – and it keeps the Lions’ reputation in question.
The “all-about-me” bug has infected Detroit’s locker room, biting some players harder than others. It’s been hard to watch so many guys play their hearts out each Sunday, only for a select group to overshadow those efforts and draw attention from the “real” Lions.
Titus Young didn’t want to take directions. He was placed on the injured reserve list and probably won’t be with the Lions when training camp rolls around. Nick Fairley had issues, but his play indicates that he’s worked to make his problems a thing of the past.
Fairley was viewed as the “bad apple” by media members and others associated with the Lions. He cleaned up his act, but Young took incredibly large and career-damaging steps backward.
It’s been a circus with Young, one that’s even disturbed teammates.
We all know this team is better than its record. But 4-8 is 4-8 – there really aren’t many positives to dig for when discussing Detroit.
Former NFL coach Bill Parcells is famous for a particular quote: “You are what your record says you are.”
Closing the season with some sense of pride, urgency and energy is imperative, because this year has been anything but a dream scenario for the Lions.
Herman Moore joins Tom Leyden and Rob Rubick on the Ford Lions Report Live every Sunday at 11am throughout the season. You can follow Herman on Twitter @HMAN84 | Tom on Twitter @TomLeyden | Rob on Twitter @RRubick
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