The Lions’ one-and-out from the postseason came after giving up only 10 points in the first half, and half that many touchdowns in the second. And so, 35 points later, the Lions were blown off the field.
As Anwar Richardson of MLive.com explains it, several Lions defensive players took exception to any actual or potential criticism on Twitter after the game.
Defensive back Aaron Berry, who showed why he plays defense by failing to hold onto a would-have-been interception with the Saints trailing by only three points in the fourth quarter, said this: “Y’all can go back to being Broke & Miserable…now back to regular scheduled programming…”
Berry later apologized to his “loyal fans.” (And if he has any who aren’t related to him, we’d be surprised.)
Cornerback Alphonso Smith tried to head off any critics by challenging the knowledge, or lack thereof, of the fans: “Before you say anything crazy or ignorant please know your ‘coverages’ first just a friendly reminder!!! now fire away!!!”
And safety Chris Harris didn’t like Richardson’s game story with a headline that the Lions were “torched” by the Saints, chiding the writer for being unable to “think of a better adjective.” (Actually, it’s a verb. But we get the point.)
Richardson also summarizes some positive tweets from Lions players. Regardless, it’s a reminder of the unfiltered access that fans have to players after big games, for better or worse.