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The Detroit Lions lack discipline

The Detroit Lions lack discipline

I had a hard time finding something to write about in this week’s Monday column. How many more ways could I find you to tell you that the Detroit Lions are they bad after another loss? After thinking about it for a while, the only thing that came to mind is that this team seems to lack discipline in every way.

What do you think of when the word discipline comes up? My first guess would be the penalties. That’s part of what I’m talking about when I say discipline. The Lions keep shooting themselves in the foot with penalties at the worst possible time.

They did it again Sunday, when the offensive line suddenly forgot how to play and racked up multiple penalties and killed multiple drives. Amani Oruwariye was involved with his weekly penalties when he did things like this.

Penalties are bad and show quite a lack of discipline, but that’s not entirely what I’m talking about here. There is much more.

For example, Leos lack the discipline to stick with what works. They lack the discipline to play it safe at a time when playing it safe is the right way to go. The perfect example is fourth-and-1 on the Lions’ last drive of the game. The more disciplined thing would have been to do some short yardage and just get that first down while the clock is running.

What happened instead is someone had an idea and before you know it, the Lions are throwing Josh Reynolds in the end zone. Reynolds predictably does not catch the ball. This is not Reynolds’ game. That hasn’t been successful all season with Reynolds. Why do it? This is undisciplined training. Even if Reynolds catches it and the Lions score, they’ve left two minutes and three timeouts on the clock for an offense they’ve forced one punt all game.

It wasn’t just Sunday. It was fourth-and-9 against the Patriots, the decision not to punt against the Vikings and more. Aggression is good and I applaud the Lions for doing it most of the time, but they need to know when not to. It’s like partying with that person who doesn’t know when to quit, and then your fun night turns into taking care of your friend who can barely walk and is constantly on the verge of throwing up.

They also do it on defense. The Sea falcons he pretty much only ran the same play 25 times in a row and the defense fell for it every time. I can tell you that the dolphins they will throw to Tyreek Hill on third and long. If they don’t, I’m sure they’ll still throw it away.

I understand that just because you know a team is going to make a play doesn’t mean you’re always going to be able to stop it. But it almost seems like the Lions know it’s coming and refuse to prepare for it. I understand that this defense is young and inexperienced. What I can’t understand is how it is possible to go through several games where you force one or zero points. Even a bad team sometimes gets good by accident. This Lions team can’t do that.

Worst of all these things is that lions lack the discipline to stick with what works. The Lions scored 27 points in the first half against the Dolphins and then completely fell apart in the second half. What happened? How does this team completely move away from what they’ve been working on over and over again? You can make a good argument that their opponents are good at making half-time adjustments, but then you’d have to tell me that every team the Lions play against is good at making half-time adjustments. I just don’t see it.

It seems as though the Lions are making their own adjustments as well. They completely turn away from what they were doing and try to do something else. Whether they are too aggressive or too conservative varies over the weeks. Why can’t lions stick with what works or what used to work?

Now, that doesn’t mean the Lions have to burn him to the ground and fire everyone. Discipline is a trait that can be learned. We talked about youth and inexperience. This team is full of them and it’s not just on the field. The coaching staff also shares this inexperience. They have to turn things around.

A good start would be to sit down and think about who they would ideally like to be and then stick to that identity. You can’t be bipolar every week. Teams can’t win like that. There has to be discipline or it just won’t work. The right head should be on the shoulders and right now, it isn’t.



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