Hunt Report: Lions Discipline Poor reflection from coaching staff.
The Detroit Lions have struggled to take away wins this season, and their most recent Thanksgiving Day loss has had more of the usual frustrations.
Detroit’s defense wasn’t consistent enough to win at key moments in the game, while the team’s offense played poorly and was absent for a long time. Play-calling was suspicious at times, and the team wasn’t doing well enough on either side to claim a more confident win.
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Even so, the Lions were in another game with a chance to win. Detroit held a narrow 14-13 lead as time ran out in the fourth quarter. To buy time, a team’s job is to avoid mistakes, and the staff’s job is to get out of the way and allow a team to execute.
It didn’t happen to the Lions. The Lions made mistake after mistake all along the way, culminating in an ugly sequence in which the bears just tried to pass the clock to score a field goal attempt. Dan Campbell didn’t seem to understand the NFL rulebook when it came to the use of timeouts. Additionally, the defense itself was disorganized with players not knowing where to be or what to do.
If a team ends up with 10 penalties for 67 yards, that isn’t a good sign of clean technique and fundamentals. The Lions need to do a better job playing through the calls, of course, but most of all they need to find a way to clean up their game so that the mistakes never happen in the moment. Lions keep making similar mistakes, which is not great for the coaching staff.
While Detroit is unlikely to fire a coach in the first year of a remodel, the pressure is clearly on Campbell and his staff to improve the basics. That much is clear after a very bad day.
While the sample size wasn’t huge, Lions must like what Reynolds has given them so far. A team with no playmaker on offense had to acknowledge the fact that Reynolds delivered 70 yards and a touchdown in their second game on offense. Reynolds’ result got the Lions off to a good start, but better still, showed why he could be a plus for the offense.
Reynolds getting some chemistry with Jared Goff seems like a real possibility now, and it will be interesting to see how well the duo do on the track.
There wasn’t a lot of positives in the game for the Lions, but a big one was Sewell’s game. The offensive lineman played an important role for the team in protection and in the running game. Probably the greatest example of this was a rare game where Sewell actually managed to take out two Chicago defenders on one block, paving the way for a long run from Jamaal Williams.
Seeing Sewell doing things like this at the age of 21 is just amazing and special for Lions fans. He will be good, and as he continues to do amazing things in big games, it only seems to be more so.
Some players just have a knack for finding football. One such guy is Oruwariye, the team’s young cornerback. With another pick in that game, Oruwariye rallied Interception 5 this year and continues to look like an elite player in a key position on the field. The selection itself was something nice:
Interestingly, Oruwariye probably should have had another interception that day but dropped it in the end zone. Regardless, the cornerback continues to look like an elite option for the future.
It’s not often the case lately that fans can declare their team lost as a direct result of the coaching staff, but this game was the exception to that rule. The Lions might have held out and forced the Bears to a longer field goal, or at least got the ball back to have a chance of winning the game if it hadn’t been for Campbell and the ineptitude of the staff. The team wasn’t prepared at the moment and that shows a bad coaching job. Campbell will have to do a lot of self-reflection over the coming weeks and months when it comes to how he trains the team.
That’s the number of yards Team Andy Dalton allowed for that day. Dalton isn’t even the best quarterback on the Bears team or the usual starter so watch the Lions get set on fire against Dalton this way. The best days of the quarterback are clearly behind him, but that didn’t matter to the Lions who let the veteran do his thing. Simply put, it was frustrating to see such crooked numbers from the Detroit defense against Dalton.
“We are so close. These guys are fighting each other’s tails. ”- Dan Campbell.
Speaking to the media after the game, Campbell said he continues to believe the Lions are on the verge of a breakthrough. Many others may disagree with this opinion, but Campbell believes the team just needs to avoid a few mistakes to get better.
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That’s the number of yards Team Andy Dalton allowed for that day. Dalton isn’t even the best quarterback on the Bears team or the usual starter so watch the Lions get set on fire this way against Dalton. The best days of the quarterback are clearly behind him, but that didn’t matter to the Lions who let the veteran do his thing. Simply put, it was frustrating to see such crooked numbers from the Detroit defense against Dalton.