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Working on Schwartz Time

In Football Stuff, Michigan Sports on December 20, 2013 at 4:38 am

Lions Coach

The Detroit Lions will have to face a tough decision when the season is over. They will have to figure out whether or not if they are going to fire their coach Jim Schwartz. Now conventional wisdom is that if the team makes the playoffs then Schwartz’s job will be safe. Most coaches don’t lose their jobs after a successful season. The thing is not sure how successful this season has been. The Lions are a talented team and maybe need another voice to get them over the top.

In a league of parity the Lions have as good of a roster as the NFL will let you. They are an offensive juggernaut and have a pretty good defensive line and linebackers. They need a little help on the back end of the defense but no team is perfect. What is costing this organization wins is coaching. It’s not what they are doing things scheme wise but their lack of discipline is costing them games. The falling apart late in contest is due to a coach not being able to hold a team together.

Some of the numbers are disturbing with this Detroit team. Last season they started 4-4 and finished 4-12 dropping their last 8 games. Right now they are 7-7 after starting 6-3. After being in firm control of 1st place, the club no longer controls its own destiny. In 6 of the 7 losses this year the team blew leads late in the game. In their 2012 campaign the team fell apart late a lot there too. That kind of lack in focus can be directed at the head coach.

Now team is no longer in the top 2 or 3 teams in penalties but they are still have way too many. This directly points to leadership and lack of discipline. The team is tied for 9th in the league this season for the most penalties with Baltimore and the Jets with 97 total flags thrown against this season. That breaks down to almost 7 infractions per game for a total of 813 yards so far. What team couldn’t use an extra 813 in a season? Not their highest total under Schwartz but the team still has 2 games left. In their most recent loss to Baltimore the Lions had 8 penalties for 89 yards. That is almost the length of the field. In a close game where your defense did not give up any touchdowns this is unacceptable.

The team also turned the ball over 3 times in their last loss. Championship caliber teams do not turn the ball of a lot. Currently the team has the 2nd most turnovers in the NFL at 31 only behind the NY Giants. Only 2 behind the season total of last season of 33. When you are giving the other team 2 extra possessions per game something is wrong. Sloppy play can be attributed to coaches not holding players accountable for their mistakes.

The franchise is 29-47 during Schwartz tenure as head coach. That is a win percentage of 38%. Only in 2011 did the team finish above .500 and that team got bounced in the first round of the playoffs. The team may turn it around but their time is running Schwartz.

Written By
Keith B. Holt
Follow on Twitter @Kholtjr

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The Falcons Are In Trouble

In Atlanta Area Stuff, Football Stuff on December 16, 2013 at 1:34 am

Falcons QB

The Atlanta Falcons did beat the Washington Redskins today. Guess what that is the good news Falcons fans because here is the hard truth. This team sucks. Now of course a team is 4-10 cannot be good but this may be worse than you think. They just played as bad as a football team you and barely won the game. Now there are no free lunches in the NFL but when you get a 3-10 team at home playing with a back-up quarterback you shouldn’t be sweating this game out.

The team has 4 wins this season against the Redskins, Tampa Bay, Rams and Buffalo. They have not provided any kind of streak or ability to put things together one week to the next. With your wins being over teams that are a combined 17-38 (the Rams are still playing while this is being written) you have not convincingly beaten any of them. All of their wins are by one score.

This team showed cracks last season by letting big leads go and having to scramble to win at the end. This season they just could not scramble to win later or couldn’t make the big plays later on. They got lucky this week but no team should only win by one point at home against a backup quarterback in a game where their foe game up 7 turnovers. Not to mention Kirk Cousins passed for 381 yards and 2 touchdowns. If it wasn’t for his 2 interceptions which not from good defensive play by the Falcons but from bad throws from Cousins, the Falcons may have not won this game.

I know some of you are holding out for the hope a top draft pick but then what happens after that? First of all this draft pick you have has to live up to expectations, but that will only fix one position on the team. Your offensive line is one of the worst in the NFL. I could argue that you don’t have one player on that line that could start for another NFL team. Your Hall of Fame tight end that you begged to comeback is not coming back next season. There is definitely a problem on that defensive line and getting a pass rush. So yeah this team could be in trouble for a little while.

 

Written By
Keith B. Holt
Follow on Twitter @Kholtjr

Grown Men Don’t Tank

In Football Stuff on December 6, 2013 at 3:35 am

Falcons football

With the NFL season winding down its becoming obvious that some teams will not make the playoffs. Here in Atlanta the Falcons are one of those teams. The common thing I have been hearing from so called fans is that the team should tank the season. They should lose games to obtain a higher position in the upcoming draft. These people must not ever been competitive at any level of life, because they would know that this is not an option for these professional players.

Whenever these athletes approach the field they are thinking about winning. If they happen to lose it is not because they wanted to or can even be convinced to do so. They did not become part of the elite of what they do in the world by giving up. Now I know this is hard concept for fans to grasp but these players are some of the best in the world at what they do. That is why a team that is 2-10 can blow out a team that is 10-2, because they both are comprised of special athletes. They are also people who are trying to protect their jobs.

I know it’s hard to look at playing a sport as a job but that is what it means to be a professional. Unlike most of our jobs, these employees are constantly being evaluated. These guys are not only being looked at by their current employers but also by future possible organizations. Their performance will dictate how much money they can earn or if they are worthy of being a part of the NFL. The same thing also can be said about the all of the coaches on the sidelines. Nobody is trying to hire a defensive coordinator that was getting lit up all last season.

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Not to mention that the draft does not provide any guarantees. Let’s be honest 32 teams each have 1 pick in each of 7 rounds. Out of all of that we only talk about 3 to 5 rookies at the most each year that are making an impact. No grown man is going to suck at his job in hopes that they can get in position to get some unproven college kid. No winning organization has ever thought this was a good way to go about their business. So don’t expect your team to try to go 2-14 in hopes of picking up the next Ryan Leaf anytime soon.

Written By
Keith B. Holt
Follow On Twitter @Kholtjr


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Detroit Lions Break Up Letter

In Michigan Sports on January 9, 2013 at 12:50 am

Detroit Lions
Dear Detroit Lions

This has been a weird 33 years for our relationship. There have been some ups but mostly downs for us. I just feel that it’s time for me to take my football heart somewhere else. I am getting nothing out of this besides being misused as a fan.

Don’t worry I’m not seeing anybody else right now. There is this nice Falcons team here but we will have to see how the playoffs workout. This is just something that I have to do for my own mental health. The constant promise of winning but it never happening is hurtful. Only one playoff win in 50 years is just not enough to keep this going.

I can’t watch what you do with Calvin Johnson’s career and ability. I have sat through you not getting Barry Sanders a championship or even a constant contender. Tired of watching you blow games that you should easily win. I have had enough home blow outs and bad quarterbacks for my life time. I may tune in every now and then but trust it won’t be the same. I will not invest my emotions in the games.