No team has taken more heat for stupid penalties than the Lions, and receiver Nate Burleson says it’s going to stop now.
Burleson was fined $7,500 for facemasking against the Saints, and he also drew three flags for offensive pass interference. But he said Wednesday that the Lions are done beating themselves.
“A zero-tolerance policy has been instilled, and we gotta abide by that,” Burleson said. “I don’t think you’ll see too many more bonehead mistakes.”
Burleson said he doesn’t think the Lions have changed much during the season, but he does think that just as the Lions may have been getting too much credit when they started 5-0, people are now overly emphasizing the negative when it comes to the Lions.
“But the things we’re doing now, we did early in the season, if you look at the film,” Burleson said. “People were calling us the new bad boys, but the microscope wasn’t as big. Now, not only do the refs know we like to play through the whistle, that we don’t take no crap, but other teams are probably saying, ‘Hey, if you pick at these guys, they’ll end up doing something stupid.'”
What the Lions can control is not doing anything stupid. At least, they should be able to control that. If they can’t, December is going to be a disappointing month in Detroit.