1. Complete review of our Strength and Conditioning program: Yes, I know, football is football and injuries will happen. But I'm curious as to why, particularly this season but also I seem to recall last season, we have an injury list that seems like its twice as long as our opponents each game this early on? Something isn't right when that happens.
With the team 0-4, and a good chance at going 0-16 II (St. Louis and Buffalo look much improved and we have little chance of beating either our only hope is to get lucky with Tampa) it comes to mind some constructive things we can do to actually improve this season (as opposed to the false dawns, like the one we were in in the beginning of this season) going forward to stop this crime against the sport of football that is the Detroit Lions
2. Change the focus of our draft, particularly our latter rounds: As much praise as Mayhew has been getting for these drafts, the actual live fire action is showing that his drafts are, perhaps, more than a bit overrated (Stafford being highly suseptible to injury, Levy being questionable as a middle LB, Spievey pretty much being a bust, etc.) with a Millenesq tendency towards flash and against the grounding fundamentals that football requires.
While the idea of "Best Available Player" sounds good for a Millen-GM'd team that had a lack of talent it shows a fundamental failure to understand how the NFL operates in the area of the salary cap where you have to pick a tack (Offense or Defense) and try to build around that. If you are choosing offense you *MUST* take a highlevel LT (or spend through the nose for someone else's) to protect the QB (who, besides the sack totals, also got numerous "hit while throwing" incidents that don't show up in the stats but do damage anyways). If you are choosing defense you need to spend a high level (first or second round) pick on a quality cornerback (and avoid Jonathon "Human Pass Interference Penalty" Wade having anything to do with your team). Instead the Lions are stuck in a winless limbo, not having a good enough offense to carry a win, and having a defense just good enough to lose with (a loss is a loss, close matter two words, jack and a word I'm not saying with the possiblity of kids reading).
3. Accountability-Too many times we see supposedly super pros come to Detroit and make elementary mistakes. Sean Logan, supposed kick returner extraordinaire comes to Detroit and makes an error in a return (checking his blocking while in the process of catching the ball) that they coach out of you in MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL (as soon as you teach kids returning, you teach them to have possession of the ball before looking around) . And don't get me started on KVB's offsides penalties or simple breakdowns from Julian Petersen or Stephen Peterman who've been around to know better. Its about time that these guys got disciplned for screw-ups which has only happened a little on the defensive side, (with Gun sitting Petersen for the end of the Philly game) and not at all for the offensive side. For the Love of God, bench Jonathon Wade! And maybe cutting Jansen wasn't as cool as everyone thought, especially when your options as back-ups are Jason "Knee Injury Apparently more limiting than initially thought" Fox and Hillilard.
I have little hope of any of these things being done with Schwartz and Mayhew, and the liklihood is that we are going 0-16 or 1-15 this year, and won't even have football next season (odds of a lock out are basically 99.999999% by everyone involved in the negotiations, with not even the semblance of a starting point per published reports). At least U of M and MSU apparently don't suck anymore, so there's that.