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Lions hope to play “pissed off” after bye week

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The Detroit Lions have limped into their bye week with a 1-3 record.  But for a clock-operator error in Week One against the Rams, the Lions could be 0-4.

Either way, it’s a steep decline from last year, and it has the Lions doing some soul-searching.

Specifically, they’re searching for the soul they had a season ago.  “I think one of the reasons we had some success last year is we felt like it was us versus everybody else,” guard Rob Sims said, per Carlos Monarrez and Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.  “We were kind of pissed off and we were playing a little bit reckless and kind of doing our thing.”

The problem is that the attitude created too many penalties.  “Now we cut out some of the penalties . . . which I think is a good thing,” Sims said.  “But we maybe lost some of our recklessness and playing with that reckless abandon.  We need to get that back.”

Coach Jim Schwartz agrees.  “We do need to play emotional,” Schwartz said.  “We do need to, for lack of a better word, put a chip on our shoulder and things like that.”

But that edge isn’t lost — or found — during a bye week.  This team has lost something in the past several months.  Deciding in the middle of the season that they’re going to get it back won’t bring it back, especially when four of their first five games after the week off will be played on the road.

Then there’s the reality that, from a talent standpoint, it won’t matter how pissed off or otherwise the team may be.  This team currently is destined to be back on the outside looking in, and they’ll need to spend time (and money) in 2013 addressing the many weak spots on the depth chart.

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40 Responses to “Lions hope to play “pissed off” after bye week”
  1. golions1 says: Oct 2, 2012 12:57 PM

    Now if I was a Lion player reading this story, especially the end, it would piss me off.

  2. bovice23 says: Oct 2, 2012 12:57 PM

    Their D-Line thinks they’re amazing, they drop way too many passes, they can’t run the ball (one game against TEN doesn’t count) and are undisciplined. They need to play smart, not angry.

  3. whatjusthapped says: Oct 2, 2012 12:57 PM

    The most overrated team of 2012. The old saying, “you are as good as your record” is probably overstating it.

  4. myspaceyourface says: Oct 2, 2012 12:58 PM

    Mediocrity is a killer

  5. tenotnamedmiller says: Oct 2, 2012 12:58 PM

    And I’ll start my diet. Next week.

  6. thekingofnewyork says: Oct 2, 2012 12:59 PM

    Uh they weren’t even good last year. They didn’t beat a single team with a winning record, and now reality has set in that they sucked all along

  7. mrplow3 says: Oct 2, 2012 1:00 PM

    How about you just hope to play good, how about that?

  8. kiopta1 says: Oct 2, 2012 1:00 PM

    Last year was way too many stupid penalties but this year there seems to be no heart or passion for the team, game, or to win. At least that is what I have seen on tv and hammered home when I went to their last game. I hope they find it soon cause right now they are a soulless team which is just as bad as lacking the talent to win.

  9. We'reFineThere says: Oct 2, 2012 1:02 PM

    That’s cool because the Steelers are probably also going to be playing pissed against the Eagles this week after their bye.

  10. lionsfan2014 says: Oct 2, 2012 1:03 PM

    Oh, you also need a new special teams coach….

  11. knackstermyea says: Oct 2, 2012 1:07 PM

    They will turn it around.

  12. mnomalley says: Oct 2, 2012 1:10 PM

    I don’t think they have a choice.. they’re all pissed!!

  13. comeonnowguys says: Oct 2, 2012 1:16 PM

    They made the playoffs last year because one of the teams ahead of them suffered catastrophic injuries and completely imploded.

    The team I saw play the Vikings Sunday played exactly like that.

  14. lionsfaninthe505 says: Oct 2, 2012 1:17 PM

    They lost their X-factor on offense Jahvid Best, and their most important player in the secondary Louis Delmas (a poor man’s Polamalu & Bob Sanders). Look at their record since they lost 2 guys since midway through last season. It’s simple as that!

  15. zlmillerkazz says: Oct 2, 2012 1:24 PM

    I’m on the fence about re-signing DE Cliff Avril, they could save some $money$ and use it wisely in Free Agency if they decide to be done with him. I don’t believe it would be a huge blow to the Lions letting Avril go, great player, but it’d be a smart business decision in my opinion.

  16. mwatts1 says: Oct 2, 2012 1:29 PM

    Oh geez… here come all the Detroit trolls. The Lions are not a good football team PERIOD. I don’t care what you did last year or 30 years ago. You are what your record is, and your record Loins fans is bad. Brightside is you’ll have a nice draft pick at the end of the year.

  17. howiehandles says: Oct 2, 2012 1:29 PM

    The defense is a sieve, and no one on their offense scares you outside of Mega.

    Plus, playing a big boy schedule this season probably has something to do with it.

  18. doublezero74 says: Oct 2, 2012 1:31 PM

    Lions need to stop acting like they’ve been there before and can just show up and perform. This team should be better than they’ve shown and frankly it comes down to their head coach

  19. zn0rseman says: Oct 2, 2012 1:38 PM

    The Lions have a very good defense but on offense they have Calvin Johnson and… uhm… Calvin Johnson. Take him away and they have no offense, which is exactly what the Vikings did last week.

  20. oxcitybombers says: Oct 2, 2012 1:39 PM

    thekingofnewyork says:
    Oct 2, 2012 12:59 PM
    Uh they weren’t even good last year. They didn’t beat a single team with a winning record, and now reality has set in that they sucked all along

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    I’ll assume you’re either a Jets or Giants fan. Jets didn’t beat a team with a winning record either. Giants only beat 1 team (NE) with a winning record in the regular season. My point is, the records of the teams you beat in the regular season doesn’t matter. All that matters is getting enough wins to get to the playoffs. Anything can happen after that. Otherwise your comment insinuates one of the weaker teams in the NFL won the Super Bowl last year.

  21. cantonbound13 says: Oct 2, 2012 1:41 PM

    The offensive line needs to create holes for Leshoure.
    At least Matt Millen is not the GM anymore.

  22. lambeauphan says: Oct 2, 2012 1:42 PM

    pissed off lions = unsportsmen like conduct penalties.

    Schwartz cant keep these guys in line to save his life.

  23. joetoronto says: Oct 2, 2012 1:43 PM

    The Eagles will experience a motor city shake down.

    Lions will get back on track.

  24. hehateme2 says: Oct 2, 2012 1:45 PM

    This is what we should expect from a long time down trodden franchise. It takes time for them to learn how to win.
    Last year may have been a fluke with an easy draw.

  25. klunge says: Oct 2, 2012 1:45 PM

    It’s obvious that no matter if they win or lose, play clean or get penalized, etc, all the Lion haters are going to keep hating and trying to tear down.

    So forget about your reputation, what people are saying, or any other outside factor. Bring back the nasty & win games, who cares about silly penalties and fines. Give all the crybabies a reason to cry rather than a chance to gloat over your misfortune of losing.

  26. keepingitrealdumb says: Oct 2, 2012 1:54 PM

    what does being ‘angry’ have to do with anything? i would advise you just play better football .. being angry or happy or disappointed or depressed .. huh? what does that have to do with your 1-3 record?

  27. maverick5266 says: Oct 2, 2012 2:00 PM

    I guess that beats being pissed on, which is how I would describe how opposing teams are treating the Motor City Kitty’s.

  28. succulentnipples says: Oct 2, 2012 2:38 PM

    Weak.

  29. lionsdraftguy says: Oct 2, 2012 2:39 PM

    Its amazing how many clowns come on here and just talk trash about the Lions. Like THEY know anything about the team. Truly amazing. They really make it obvious that they know very little about the game of football too.

  30. tshirttom says: Oct 2, 2012 2:43 PM

    They need to play with a sense of urgency. Every game they come out flat and don’t play till the last period when they are behind. Got to get Delmas and Javid back and shake up the special teams. No excuse for the effort this year. The talent is there. Come on Lions

  31. 49erstim says: Oct 2, 2012 2:50 PM

    If they start playing more “pissed off” then there are gonna be a lot of well funded NFL charities! Time to put your lucky stompin shoes on boys!

  32. tucostacos says: Oct 2, 2012 2:53 PM

    How about playing smart? The Bears didn’t play pissed off last night, they followed the game plan and executed. Pissed off people do dumb thing, calm cerebral people execute well and increase the odds of accomplishing their goals.

  33. cliverush says: Oct 2, 2012 2:56 PM

    They need to focus on doing their jobs. This includes the coaches. Statement such as these by the players gives them an excuse for poor play and rarely translate into victories.

  34. 2gargantuan says: Oct 2, 2012 3:43 PM

    All that sounds good but they really need to start executing better if they want to win. Something better change, the Lions just finished the easier portion of their schedule, and it only gets tougher from here.

  35. mjkelly77 says: Oct 2, 2012 3:46 PM

    Deciding in the middle of the season that they’re going to get it back won’t bring it back …
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    Middle of the season? Since when did the NFL go to an 8 game schedule? The sad thing is, if the Lions had an AVERAGE special teams unit, they’d probably be 3-1.

  36. bobhk says: Oct 2, 2012 4:17 PM

    mjkelly77 says:
    Oct 2, 2012 3:46 PM
    Deciding in the middle of the season that they’re going to get it back won’t bring it back …
    ___________________

    Middle of the season? Since when did the NFL go to an 8 game schedule? The sad thing is, if the Lions had an AVERAGE special teams unit, they’d probably be 3-1.
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    Hahahahahaha….if the official had operated the clock correctly the lame cats would have been 0-4.
    I predict this team is going to be 9-7 at best and out of playoffs. Look for Schnartz’s head to explode.

  37. rams1999 says: Oct 2, 2012 4:21 PM

    If it weren’t for the clock operating error, which suspiciously happened in Detriot , Rams would be 3-1 and Lions would be 0-4. This season, a couple of teams have been ripped off in the win column. Packers nd Rams.

  38. wludford says: Oct 2, 2012 6:08 PM

    Truth is, the Lions performance this year was telegraphed well in advance with all the off-season problems that demonstrate the poor quality of the organization, and many of the players.

    You just don’t see such widespread character problems in a team that makes the playoffs, let alone actually wins playoff games.

    The Lions have either been too willing to ignore character problems in the players they bring on, or simply blind to them. And the head coach either does not have enough respect among the players or is simply unable or unwilling to do what is necessary to turn a group of guys into a professional team.

  39. mjkelly77 says: Oct 2, 2012 6:30 PM

    wludford says:Oct 2, 2012 6:08 PM

    Truth is, the Lions performance this year was telegraphed well in advance with all the off-season problems that demonstrate the poor quality of the organization, and many of the players.

    You just don’t see such widespread character problems in a team that makes the playoffs, let alone actually wins playoff games.
    _________________

    Yeah, those Oakland Raider teams of the late 70′s – early 80′s should all be canonized as saints.

  40. bobhk says: Oct 2, 2012 7:00 PM

    mjkelly77 says:
    Oct 2, 2012 6:30 PM
    wludford says:Oct 2, 2012 6:08 PM

    Truth is, the Lions performance this year was telegraphed well in advance with all the off-season problems that demonstrate the poor quality of the organization, and many of the players.

    You just don’t see such widespread character problems in a team that makes the playoffs, let alone actually wins playoff games.
    _________________

    Yeah, those Oakland Raider teams of the late 70′s – early 80′s should all be canonized as saints.
    —–
    Except those Raiders teams actually won superbowls a concept foreign to Lions.
    If you are going to be a character risk at least produce on the field.

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