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Greg Jennings wonders if Lions can keep their composure

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Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings had a front-row seat to one of the moments when the Lions lost their composure last season.

It was on Thanksgiving, when defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh stomped on Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith and earned himself a suspension from the league. It was part of a season-long impulse control problem for Detroit, although none of the other personal fouls they racked up crossed the line the way that Suh did at Ford Field.

That led to calls for more discipline around the club, even though the Lions went to the playoffs for the first time since 1999, and those calls have only increased during an offseason that’s seen several members of the team arrested for things like DUI and marijuana possession. During an appearance on the NFL Network to discuss the NFC North, Jennings said that he wonders if the Lions will stay composed enough to better their 2011 success.

“They’re a very talented team, but they have struggles on the field containing their composure, and definitely, the things we’ve heard of, them being in the media with off-the-field problems and off-the-field issues,” Jennings said. “Can they maintain their composure? Can they be a professional ball club for 16, 17, 18 solid weeks throughout the regular season?”

Jennings has hit on one of the crucial questions facing the Lions this season. Teams that pop up with a strong season after years in the wilderness tend to go one of two ways the next year. They either take a step back into the pack or they build on it to have an even stronger season. The Lions could go either of those routes and their ability to remain composed will have a lot to do with determining that final result.

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25 Responses to “Greg Jennings wonders if Lions can keep their composure”
  1. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jul 13, 2012 1:55 PM

    So teams with a strong season either get better or worse the next season? It would be pretty hard to stay exactly the same.

  2. m2karateman says: Jul 13, 2012 2:00 PM

    Shouldn’t Jennings be more concerned with his own team, rather than what some players on another team will do? Take care of your own house, Greg.

  3. eaststsfb says: Jul 13, 2012 2:20 PM

    Karateman, Jennings asked some very good questions about how the Lions will deal with this adversity. He’s a proven vet that knows what it takes to be a professional in the NFL and it’s obvious many of the Lion’s players do not. Do you really think he “concerned” with the Lions? Having an opinion and being concerned are two different things and you obviously don’t know the difference between the two.

  4. realdealsteel says: Jul 13, 2012 2:23 PM

    I like the Packers but I think after the way the Packers went out, Jennings needs to be concerned with which direction his team is going to go. Because after going 15-1, most likely you can only go down. Just saying……………..

  5. scoops1 says: Jul 13, 2012 2:25 PM

    GJ has a SB ring. One more then anyone on the Lions, so he can say whatever he wants

  6. mjkelly77 says: Jul 13, 2012 2:26 PM

    If the Green Gay Packer players don’t resort to bush league tactcs like untying Lion player shoelaces during scrums, the Lions will be alright. The Pack is hack.

  7. thelomasbrowns says: Jul 13, 2012 2:50 PM

    Whatever dude. Maybe your coach should learn the heimlich for the next time you CHOKE.

  8. liontuss says: Jul 13, 2012 2:52 PM

    No prob, Greg. Lions will go 12-4, which should win the division. The Pack? They’ll be too
    worried about da bearsss to think about the Leos. Stafford to Megatron – touchdown, Detroit Lions!

  9. veence69 says: Jul 13, 2012 2:53 PM

    Greg Jennings is in for a loooooong season. Timestamp this, save it – I don’t give a rip: The Green Bay Packers will NOT make the playoffs this season.

  10. axespray says: Jul 13, 2012 3:02 PM

    Those Hack’s B-Team beat the lions “a” team without breaking a sweat, or throwing a temper tantrum like Suh

  11. lks311 says: Jul 13, 2012 3:02 PM

    As a Lions’ fan, Jennings was asked a question and he answered it—thoughtfully. And, actually, the wry smile on his face was more revealing than his verbal answer. He thinks not.

    The Lions can either get angry or say to GJ, “thank you, we appreciate the feedback and, btw, the rear-ends you see this season will be us passing you in the standings”.

    They have the talent, now live up to it and make these other non-believers respect you.

  12. chi01town says: Jul 13, 2012 3:02 PM

    Jennings should be worried about his own team.. The Packers has NO running game & the worse defense in the league. Jennings the packers play fast catch system has been exposed… The Giants made the packers play football by bumping the WRs at the line an putting pressure on Rodgers by making him run an get up off the turf. The Giants knew Rodgers could hurt them running But he couldnt beat them with his legs.

  13. jayesix says: Jul 13, 2012 3:18 PM

    He just asked a question? It is a valid question? As a Lion fan I am hoping they can keep their composure. I am not worried about most of the players. But football is the ultimate team game. All it takes is a couple of bone head players out of 53 to ruin a game.

  14. dukemarc says: Jul 13, 2012 3:32 PM

    realdealsteel says:
    Jul 13, 2012 2:23 PM
    I like the Packers but I think after the way the Packers went out, Jennings needs to be concerned with which direction his team is going to go. Because after going 15-1, most likely you can only go down. Just saying……………..

    Considering the way the Steelers ended the season, you should probably just keep quiet altogether.

  15. onbucky96 says: Jul 13, 2012 3:40 PM

    Lions fan. As educated as the Lions are disciplined. GB off-season arrests, 0. Detroit off-season arrest, sorry, this post lacks the ability to keep a running count…

  16. itsjuicetime says: Jul 13, 2012 3:50 PM

    I love Lions fans calling the Packers bush league. Look at your squad they are pretty much all dirt bags minus a handful. Jennings was asked about them from an analysts stand point not as the Packers front office. Get a grip.

  17. beedubyatoo says: Jul 13, 2012 4:04 PM

    Hey Kelly77

    If that’s true, about the shoelaces, I mean, the Lions should draft Shoelace Robinson from Michigan next spring. That’ll be one less shoelace to untie.

    The Packer players apparently learned long ago that untying shoelaces doesn’t result in a 2 game suspension.

  18. onbucky96 says: Jul 13, 2012 7:49 PM

    Boo hoo he untied my shoe! Let’s excuse our lack of discipline and accountabily, yes you Coach Shultz, and blame Packers back-up linemen for our problems! Bring back the arcitect, patron saint of the Pefect Season. Matt Millen to coach Lions in 2013!

  19. tangysizzl says: Jul 13, 2012 8:10 PM

    Man, people are sensitive in this comment section.

  20. funktron2x says: Jul 13, 2012 9:39 PM

    Who cares what Jennings thinks? Let him have those thoughts in his head during the Lions-Packers game. I guarantee the Lions will just be laughing this stuff off come season games.

  21. jimmylions says: Jul 13, 2012 11:30 PM

    As a Lions fan, I think Jennings is right.

    The Lions had some issues with undisciplined play last year, especially in the Saints game. Our guys need to learn from that stuff.

    It’s always the guy who retaliates who gets the flag. The younger players on the Lions are still learning that lesson.

    And yeah, with the practically the whole defensive secondary on IR, the Packers threw like crazy on the Lions. We’ll see what happens when GB faces a healthy Lions defense this year.

  22. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Jul 13, 2012 11:40 PM

    veence69 says: Jul 13, 2012 2:53 PM

    Greg Jennings is in for a loooooong season. Timestamp this, save it – I don’t give a rip: The Green Bay Packers will NOT make the playoffs this season.
    Dumbest comment I have read on here in months. I am not even a Packer fan and I can assure you they would waltz into the playoffs with their backups playing all year. To say otherwise demonstrates your complete ignorance to everyone.

  23. chi01town says: Jul 14, 2012 12:07 AM

    Packers fans… Lets not get beside the point here, The Chicago Bears is the team you worry about… Ndamu..KONG SUH an the 40 dope heads wont be near the playoffs this season,… The race is the same playa…. an the Bears gone win the North

  24. newguy925 says: Jul 14, 2012 1:12 AM

    Lions are probably 50/50 for the playoffs this year, but their low end is 8-8 and that’s if they suffer injuries. They have a young core, they need to mature, but this team is going to be good for a long time.

    Why is Greg Jennings even talking about them unless he’s looking in the rearview? This is bulletin board material.

  25. pterodonktyl says: Jul 15, 2012 8:16 PM

    New Year’s Day 2012: The day the Lions couldn’t take the Green Bay JV squad.

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