Lions fans have now endured 10 straight seasons of 10 or more losses. The Lions have also lost 19 straight all-too-important divisional contests. Pairing that with a horrendous 26-game road losing streak and signs of optimism for the Lions are becoming imperceptible, at this point.
Jim Schwartz says it best, while discussing the Lions loss:
“Like I said, when you play a close game, you can sit there and look at plays in the first quarter, you can look at all those different plays and say that was the play of the game, and the truth is, you’re right,” Schwartz said. “Every single one of those is the play of the game.“
Every team experiences a few plays in each game that could decide the game’s final outcome. Lions fans might lament poor calls and missed opportunities, but that is just it–in the NFL, you make your own fortune.
Good teams will seize those few opportunities and not allow the circumstances in which they occur to determine the game’s final outcome. The Lions have traditionally come up just short during crucial points in the game.
There is clearly something endemic within the Lions organization which does not allow them to make the improvements necessary to capitalize upon their opportunities, and pre-determines their propensity for committing crucial errors at inopportune times, too.
All I know is, as the Lions season continues towards another disappointing 2-14 ending, I am not sure there are signs of hope for the future, even if the Lions possess some quality young talent, which they could conceivably build their team around.
I am currently left with the bitter feeling that the 4-24 beginning to Jim Schwartz’s career is more and more of an indication of his inability to be the one who will be able to position the Lions to win a close game like Sunday’s loss, in the future.
Seven or eight of the Lions losses this season have been incredibly similar to yesterday’s loss, close, but not close enough. A trend is beginning to form, that is marking Schwartz’s continually failing tenure.
After yesterday’s loss, it is becoming increasingly likely that these horrible losing streaks and close losses will continue to mount, and last longer than the remaining duration of Jim Schwartz’s career as Lions head coach.