Sorry guys, but I feel a post like this is necessary every once in a while. Being the contrarian that I am, I try to play devil's advocate and see the silver lining in things, especially those related to my football team.
Ok. We're 2-11. Big surprise. Raise your proverbial hand here if you really thought the Lions were going to be competitive in every single game, save face after last year, and redeem themselves. How many blowouts have we seen this year? 3? I don't really do a lot of homework when I post, so forgive my point of view.
We have one of the most injured squads in the league. We basically cut the fat off of an obese roster, and now after our gastric bypass, we're left with skin and bones. Everyone needs to lay off a little bit. I know as Lions fans we're all extremely passionate and tired of losing, but shit guys. Everyone is ALREADY getting on the 'WTF Schwartz' bus, and we're not even done with his first season. Christs sake, cut the guy a little slack. I don't care what coach we got in here this year, we weren't going to be any better than we are right now.
Our players have played to their expectations, aside from a few exceptions. Calvin has had nagging injuries and is in a down year. Stafford has played like a very good rookie QB should play, spotty but with flashes of brilliance. Grew has turned heads and given us something to be hopeful for, and our defense has been playing like shit. The offensive line is, to be kind, subpar. Out of all those sentences and statements, which of those has really caught anyone off guard?
I know no one wants to see a game that gets to fucking 48-3. You folks do realize that the Tennessee Titans, who went 13-3 last year, not only started out 0-6 but got beat by something like 57-0, right? Every week teams good and bad get blown out. The point I'm trying to make is:
SHIT HAPPENS. THIS IS THE NFL.
I watch the game with my Dad every Sunday, and his negativism has really caused me to be much more positive about this team. Sure I get pissed off when we're getting our asses handed to us just as much as anyone, but all the Kool-Aid dried up. This is reality, and as much as it sucks to see in action, we most certainly have a bright future ahead of us. Jim Schwartz has not been our coach for an entire calendar year yet. I know we're all butthurt after the parade of retards that have comprised the 'leadership' of our team, but getting pissed because you wanted front office changes to equal wins in one year is craziness.
Let's watch a young team develop and stay behind our new coach and players like real fans. If this was 2 years from now and the season looked this way, I'd understand. I've long been a skeptic of our fanbase. We're so far past being able to get our hopes up about the team that people just abandon ship when things get shitty (which is usually). We gotta give our boys a chance. Stay positive. I might be speaking to a wall, but that's just how I feel.