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Lions president: A 1-3 record doesn’t faze us, we’re a different 1-3

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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.

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57 Responses to “Lions president: A 1-3 record doesn’t faze us, we’re a different 1-3”
  1. klunge says: Oct 2, 2012 3:08 PM

    Ol’ Tom appears to have fallen off the wagon. Take that man’s keys! Please tell the fans there is an awesome secret we don’t know yet that is going to make these guys stop playing crappy football and start winning. Otherwise please forgive if we don’t catch onto your exhuberance in the face of all the contrary evidence.

  2. sfm073 says: Oct 2, 2012 3:08 PM

    They should be 0 and 4 really.

  3. bennyb82 says: Oct 2, 2012 3:08 PM

    He is right. Five years ago, the 3 losses wouldve been 4 and the lions wouldve not even had a chance to win any of them beyond halftime. Not happy with 1-3 but at least there is hope, unlike many previous years.

  4. shaggytoodle says: Oct 2, 2012 3:08 PM

    Is that kind of like the Packers are different 2-2?

  5. mialto says: Oct 2, 2012 3:10 PM

    Bears fan here – Lions are very very good team, they aren’t losing games because of a talentless team. Their entire roster is full of talent.

    Each player should look at his desire to get better OFF & on the field.

  6. filmex2000 says: Oct 2, 2012 3:10 PM

    Do Suh and Fairley still play for the Lions? You don’t hear much about them anymore.

  7. philtration says: Oct 2, 2012 3:11 PM

    1-3 does not faze the Lions because they are used to one win seasons.

  8. Stiller43 says: Oct 2, 2012 3:12 PM

    Lions are 6-10 in their last 16 games…maybe they just arent that good?…

  9. stro210 says: Oct 2, 2012 3:13 PM

    “You are what your record says you are.”

  10. fijabbersman345 says: Oct 2, 2012 3:15 PM

    “As I stand here before you today at 1-3, it doesn’t faze us.”

    Maybe that’s the problem…? The Lions seem to have some big problems across the board that they seem too stubborn to address, from an outsider’s perspective.

  11. steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says: Oct 2, 2012 3:18 PM

    Detroit doesn’t deserve a team. They should move them to Pittsburgh and start their own minor league team.

  12. 7swag7 says: Oct 2, 2012 3:19 PM

    Not fazed, huh? 3 losses so far, plus remaining opponents that include Philly, Chicago (twice), Seattle, Green Bay (twice), Houston, Arizona, and Atlanta… Will you be fazed after 12 losses?

  13. SilentMajority says: Oct 2, 2012 3:19 PM

    Silly Lions. Still don’t realize that their place is on the bottom if the division…

  14. wayne1693 says: Oct 2, 2012 3:19 PM

    Right…this Year they’re 1-3 with an attitude, but the silver-&-blue lining is that Suh is quieter.

  15. vikefan says: Oct 2, 2012 3:23 PM

    hahahahahahaha…….seriously??? where’s the dunce cap when u need one? you accept it? its ok? OMG….no wonder the team is bad, the people that run it are ok with that

  16. sir1389 says: Oct 2, 2012 3:23 PM

    1-3 doesn’t bother them b/c they should be 0-4. They shouldn’t have won their first game against the Rams.

  17. whatjusthapped says: Oct 2, 2012 3:29 PM

    Having a talented squad doesn’t guarantee anything.

    Just ask the 2009 Vikings.

  18. eddardofthehousestark says: Oct 2, 2012 3:32 PM

    The Lions have one player. His name is Megatron.

  19. waitingguilty says: Oct 2, 2012 3:37 PM

    Seems like something Millen would have said.

  20. skolvikings2011 says: Oct 2, 2012 3:39 PM

    As a Vikings Fan, one thing I noticed in Sunday’s game vs. the Lions was that I didn’t hear Thom Brenneman or Brian Billick mention the name “Ndamukong Suh” one time. NOT ONCE! And for sure I didn’t hear the name “Nick Fairley.”

    Suh is supposed to be Detoit’s disruptive playmaker, franchise Defender, and Fairley is supposed to be up there with him as well. As an outsider/non-avid Lions fan, it appears to me that Suh’s play has REALLY fallen off. Maybe it’s double-teams or schemes or whatever, but it appears obvious that Detroit’s problems begin right on the D-Line. I thought that was Schwartz’s specialty.

  21. johnnycash19 says: Oct 2, 2012 3:39 PM

    Don’t Talk, just show.

  22. hyzers says: Oct 2, 2012 3:41 PM

    Oh great, another Lion hating article to get the haters fired up. Yeah we could be 0-4 but we could also be 3-1 just as easily.

  23. jamezz23 says: Oct 2, 2012 3:44 PM

    Just as easy as you say they could be 0-4, they could be 3-1. Don’t get me started on the last 2 games specaial teams play…. just pathetic. And their secondary isn’t playing absolutely terrible, held ponder just over 100 yards passing last game. They also played the niners hard who is an elite team although their mediocre qb. We are not as bad as our record says but if we can’t figure out our special teams we are probably staring 8-8 right in the eye.

  24. crisper57 says: Oct 2, 2012 3:46 PM

    That’s the same as people in Phoenix saying, “Yeah, but it’s a dry heat…”

  25. klunge says: Oct 2, 2012 3:50 PM

    steelernationsniffsfartsandwinseatingcontests says:
    Oct 2, 2012 3:18 PM
    Detroit doesn’t deserve a team. They should move them to Pittsburgh and start their own minor league team.
    ————————————————
    There’s only room for one underachieving franchise in your little town and the position seems to be filled. Also I corrected your name, you’re welcome.

    @vikefan: Lewand may be talking nonsense, but your derisive laughter is just as crazy. Careful how smug you get over a win, since your team’s stellar offense managed about 200yds & 6pts against a team you think is pathetic. Achieving victory via a couple fluky plays against a terrible S/T unit doesn’t quite make you the class of the conference just yet.

  26. cash804 says: Oct 2, 2012 3:51 PM

    When you’re not fazed by a 1-4 record, expectations must be low…

  27. dougydougdoug says: Oct 2, 2012 3:58 PM

    Ah. Fall is in the air, and the Lions are back to being the team we all know and love. But, they’re going to have to try a little harder if they want to dethrone the Raiders & Chiefs from their positions of suck-a-tude.

    But, keep up the good work, Detroit. You’ll get to the bottom soon enough.

  28. conormacleod says: Oct 2, 2012 3:58 PM

    They’re just not that good. It took a hail mary to get to OT in one loss. The Vikings never once trailed against them. I’m not even sure who their third loss was. You know why? Because I don’t consider Detroit a threat, so I really don’t watch their scores.

  29. sisqsage says: Oct 2, 2012 4:13 PM

    Terrible special teams, DBs and subpar running game..1-3 sounds about right. They could be even worse if not for a last second drive in Week 1.

  30. blowpackblow says: Oct 2, 2012 4:16 PM

    Maybe quit spending so much time practicing onside kicks and practice tackling. Then you don’t need an onside kick.

  31. traveye99 says: Oct 2, 2012 4:17 PM

    Well before the season started all I saw on this site was Lions fans puffing their chests and telling us all how great their team was going to be. Well here we are 1/4 of the way through the season and their front office is telling us how they are ok being 1-3. Seems like the Lions are back to being the Lions and we can all forget about them again. Hope you enjoyed your 1 playoff appearance. See you again in 15 years.

  32. conormacleod says: Oct 2, 2012 4:18 PM

    By all means, let’s just ignore all the facts that we are seeing. The Lions are 6-10 in their last 16. Before last year they were horrible for about a hundred years. The Vikings are 3-1 this year to the Lions 1-3. The Vikings just beat up the Lions, and never trailed in the game. But, we all just KNOW the Lions are a good team?! Anybody think that maybe last year was just a fluke for the Lions, and this really is how talented they are?

  33. bobhk says: Oct 2, 2012 4:22 PM

    klunge says:
    Oct 2, 2012 3:50 PM
    steelernationsniffsfartsandwinseatingcontests says:
    Oct 2, 2012 3:18 PM
    Detroit doesn’t deserve a team. They should move them to Pittsburgh and start their own minor league team.
    ————————————————
    There’s only room for one underachieving franchise in your little town and the position seems to be filled. Also I corrected your name, you’re welcome.

    @vikefan: Lewand may be talking nonsense, but your derisive laughter is just as crazy. Careful how smug you get over a win, since your team’s stellar offense managed about 200yds & 6pts against a team you think is pathetic. Achieving victory via a couple fluky plays against a terrible S/T unit doesn’t quite make you the class of the conference just yet.
    ——
    I understand the need to be feisty but picking on the steelers is the wrong idea. They do have 6 lombardi trophies there. Lions have had 50 years of mediocrity. I’m not a squealers fan but they do own you.

  34. gwylie1 says: Oct 2, 2012 4:30 PM

    looks like the Lions are back to being the Motor City Kitties

  35. mrplow3 says: Oct 2, 2012 4:31 PM

    “Lions president: A 1-3 record doesn’t faze us”

    Well ya, you’re the Detroit Lions. 1-3 is an improvement over most of your teams majestically bad records over the years.

  36. 49erstim says: Oct 2, 2012 4:32 PM

    Welcome back to obscurity…you’ll see that everything is just how you left it! :-)

    The Lions are a talented young team, but what they lack are playmakers outside of Megatron when the game is on the Line…..and obviously that defense has to get better. The D-line is good, but that secondary is darn near non-existant.

  37. detroitkitty says: Oct 2, 2012 4:34 PM

    skolvikings2011 says:
    Oct 2, 2012 3:39 PM
    As a Vikings Fan, one thing I noticed in Sunday’s game vs. the Lions was that I didn’t hear Thom Brenneman or Brian Billick mention the name “Ndamukong Suh” one time. NOT ONCE! And for sure I didn’t hear the name “Nick Fairley.”

    Suh is supposed to be Detoit’s disruptive playmaker, franchise Defender, and Fairley is supposed to be up there with him as well. As an outsider/non-avid Lions fan, it appears to me that Suh’s play has REALLY fallen off. Maybe it’s double-teams or schemes or whatever, but it appears obvious that Detroit’s problems begin right on the D-Line. I thought that was Schwartz’s specialty.

    ——–

    The D-line has been terrible as a whole. Avril is marginal with maybe 1 or two impact plays a game, Suh and Fairley are invisible, and VandenBosch runs around a lot but doesn’t make any big plays (probably time for him to hang them up). None of the backups have stepped up to do anything either.

    Lions have problems all over the board though. Secondary sucks, O-line scares no one, no playmakers on offense besides Megatron, and don’t even get me started on special teams.

    About the only positive I see right now is we’re OK against the run (until everyone starts running wham traps against us like the 49ers).

    Probably a good time for a bye week. Either they fix this stuff quick or it’s going to be a long season…

  38. klunge says: Oct 2, 2012 4:48 PM

    bobhk says:
    Oct 2, 2012 4:22 PM
    I understand the need to be feisty but picking on the steelers is the wrong idea. They do have 6 lombardi trophies there. Lions have had 50 years of mediocrity. I’m not a squealers fan but they do own you.
    ————————————————–
    I didn’t bring up the Steelers in an attempt to pick on them, just busting the chops of the ignorant troll who did by drawing attention to the fact that the team he brags about in every post has the same number of wins as the team he’s ragging on in here. Lions fans don’t need reminders of how little they’ve accomplished in past decades. But some Steeler fans need reminding that their team of this year isn’t the same as past decades. I have no hate for the team personally.

  39. mcjon22 says: Oct 2, 2012 4:53 PM

    Wow, in that case, I feel so much better about my team

  40. hehateme1 says: Oct 2, 2012 4:53 PM

    That’s right!! Bring on the Super Bowl. Safe to say we just had our last loss of the year.

  41. narfmoo12 says: Oct 2, 2012 5:57 PM

    More Megatron. Less anything other than Megatron. In fact, I wonder how he’d do lined up in the backfield.

  42. papabearchalice says: Oct 2, 2012 6:08 PM

    With all the talent they have, I thought Schwarz would be fired after last season. I fully expect him to be fired after this season if they don’t turn it around. Poor coaching decisions, undisciplined players, the handshake, etc.

  43. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 2, 2012 6:13 PM

    megatron is playing more like starscream this year, maybe its the dreaded madden curse

  44. cardinalsfan87 says: Oct 2, 2012 6:26 PM

    It is a dry heat here in Phoenix.

  45. mjkelly77 says: Oct 2, 2012 7:09 PM

    vikefan says:Oct 2, 2012 3:23 PM

    hahahahahahaha…….seriously??? where’s the dunce cap when u need one? you accept it? its ok? OMG….no wonder the team is bad, the people that run it are ok with that
    _________________

    Lewand’s statement was meant to demonstrate support for Schwatz and his coaches. It just takes a little intellect to read between the lines and understand the veiled meaning. And I see that you need these things explained to you.

  46. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Oct 2, 2012 7:14 PM

    You should be concerned because you are 0-1 in your division and haven’t even played the Packers or Bears yet.

  47. notthathand says: Oct 2, 2012 7:21 PM

    Lions 1992: One superstar, coming off one playoff year, decent skill players, totally idiotic offensive scheme (Silver Stretch anyone?), 1-5 start, 5-11 for the year.

    Lions 2012: One superstar, coming off one playoff year, decent skill players, totally idiotic defensive scheme (Wide 9? SMH), 1-3, probably 1-4 after the Bears game.

    Looking ahead to 2031!

  48. punkyqb says: Oct 2, 2012 7:29 PM

    Doesn’t bother them to start 0-16 either.

  49. pappavike says: Oct 2, 2012 8:07 PM

    If i were a Lions fan it would bother me that the president isn’t fazed? And the fact that he thinks thier a different 1-3 team than before! I would want the team to say that they are dissapointed with the play of our football team!! And they need to stop reading thier own press!! because no team is a gimmie! Hey Lions! no team is in awe of your talent! Or last years record!! Winning on the field is a lot harder, Then winning on papper!!

  50. csviafw says: Oct 2, 2012 9:43 PM

    Hey Lions. Welcome back to the basement. The Browns and Bills have missed you.

  51. jmoonraker says: Oct 2, 2012 10:28 PM

    Madden curse. Madden curse. Madden curse. Madden curse. Madden Curse.. MADDEN CURSE!!!!! I’m not superstitious…. Just sayin:)

  52. 2ndaryinsanity says: Oct 3, 2012 2:07 AM

    @hyzers: The Lions are 1-3 instead of 3-1 for a reason… they weren’t good enough to win 3 games. Sure, they’ve got some good players (obvious exception being Calvin Johnson, who is a great player). But it’s not enough to have a good team on paper (the Cowboys, for example)…because the games aren’t played on paper.
    Have you stopped to think why there are so many Lions haters? I’ll give you a hint…its not because we’re jealous of all the success this organization’s had through the years.
    Here’s why people hate on the Lions:
    #1 Schwartz is an immature dic% head
    #2 Suh is a dirty player and also a dic% head
    #3 do the players get frequent flier miles for lawyer fees?
    #4 there is no accountability
    #5 did I mention your coach and star defensive player are dic% heads?
    Hope that clears things up for you.

  53. hollymolley says: Oct 3, 2012 6:28 AM

    SUPERSTITOUS ?? Not Me.. Tell you what, the Eagles game may be a big suprise. We all know how the Eagles play down to lesser teams. I will tune into that one…

  54. smstonerock says: Oct 3, 2012 9:51 AM

    papabearchalice says:

    “With all the talent they have, I thought Schwarz would be fired after last season. I fully expect him to be fired after this season if they don’t turn it around. Poor coaching decisions, undisciplined players, the handshake, etc.”

    Wow. I don’t even know where to start to describe how ignorant you sound. You thought he should be fired after last year? He took over an 0-16 team and in three years took them to 2-14, 6-10, and then 10-6 with a playoff appearance. In 3 years. Yep, shoulda been fired.

  55. vikingfan1971 says: Oct 4, 2012 12:57 AM

    we did not have 2 fluke plays against the lions why is it everytime the vikings do something good they are flukes get over it we are better than last year and we do play the lions one more time and its a home game so add that to there list also we do play each team twice,
    I do feel sorry for you lions fans I know what its like to have a bad season ( like you are at the moment ) people seem to forget that was last year for our team and they still tell us viking fans our team is one of the worst in the nfl and all our wins are flukes whatever get over it so its also a fluke that we are in first place with the bears unfortunaltely we are there now hopefully my team can keep up what they are doing
    even if we were to win lets say 4 more games wil l still hear fluke wins or lucky
    just give the vikings the credit they deserve and lions you just need to find your ryhthm and maybe you can get something going but if you dont soon its going to be a long season for you sorry to say
    skol vikings

  56. jmacphee9 says: Oct 4, 2012 11:24 AM

    as i lions fan, im sad to see the president isnt fazed by 1-3. they should be pissed off.

  57. vikefan says: Oct 4, 2012 11:40 AM

    mjkelly77 says:Oct 2, 2012 7:09 PM

    vikefan says:Oct 2, 2012 3:23 PM

    hahahahahahaha…….seriously??? where’s the dunce cap when u need one? you accept it? its ok? OMG….no wonder the team is bad, the people that run it are ok with that
    _________________

    Lewand’s statement was meant to demonstrate support for Schwatz and his coaches. It just takes a little intellect to read between the lines and understand the veiled meaning. And I see that you need these things explained to you.
    *********************************************
    well….ummmm…. thats even worse! if thats what u wanna believe i could care less, if your team president wants to support a 1-3 head coach you may have bigger problems than just your team pres.!

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