A 1-3 start to the season isn’t a concern to Lions President Tom Lewand, who says that the Lions have confidence that they can turn things around.
“As I stand here before you today at 1-3, it doesn’t faze us,” Lewand said in a speech at a business school today, view the Detroit Free Press. “We understand that we’re not where we want to be. This is not where we expected to be one quarter of the way into the 2012 NFL season. But we also know it’s a different 1-3 than we’ve experienced in the past.”
The Lions started 4-0 last season, but in the last seven seasons they’ve started 0-4 three times and 1-3 twice. So they’re accustomed to getting off to a slow start. Lewand, however, says that the Lions now know they have the talent to be a lot better than they were in those other recent seasons when they started slowly.
“I’ve been 1-3 before — probably too many times than I’d like to remember we’ve been 1-3,” Lewand said. “And there’ve been times where we sit there on a Monday morning after a loss to take us to 0-4 or 1-3 or even to 2-2 and 3-1 and said, ‘We’re in trouble, because we don’t have players, we don’t have talent, we don’t have this, we don’t have that. We don’t have some of these fundamental characteristics on our core product that we need to be successful in the NFL.’ . . . But if you kind of peek through the clouds and again focus on that fundamental characteristic, you can see that you’ve got the talent in place to be successful in the NFL.”
Lewand is clearly right that the Lions have more talent now than they had during the Matt Millen era. But the talent doesn’t mean much if it doesn’t produce wins. And last year’s hot start aside, the Lions haven’t produced many wins. They’re 6-10 in their last 16 games, and if they don’t play a lot better in a hurry, they’ll be lucky to finish 6-10 this year.