Danny Crossman’s kids keep looking for him on television.
He’d prefer they not see him as much.
The Lions special teams coach knows him doing interviews or showing up on the broadcast is bad news, considering the way his group’s played.
“Love anonymity. Love it,” Crossman said, via Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News. “That’s what I tell my kids all the time. They’re like, ‘Daddy, we don’t see you on TV.’
“That’s a good thing. You don’t want to see daddy.”
If the Lions don’t turn things around quickly, Crossman may have more time to spend with the kids. While Lions coach Jim Schwartz said the assistant wasn’t in danger of losing his job, the reality is in the results.
The Lions have given up a pair of touchdowns in the kicking game each of the last two weeks, games they’ve lost by 3 and 7 points, respectively.
“I’m a teacher,” Crossman said. “If you’re a teacher and half the kids are flunking your exams, you’ve got to find a way to teach the kids better . . .
“There’s no heat,” he said. “The heat is to win games. The heat is outside. We’re going to get it done, end of story.”
Crossman’s problem is the bane of many special teams coaches’ lives. When starters are injured, as has been the case with the Lions, it forces backups who generally form the core of special teams into bigger roles on offense and defense. That leads to bad fits in a part of the game where discipline is key, and small mistakes turn to big plays the other direction.