Going into this year I did the mandatory review of the schedule and felt 9-7 would be an average year. 10-6 if we overachieved, 8-8 if we underachieved. I applaud the talent that the Lion's FO has brought in and (even though we still lack pieces) believe that we are now capable of being in every game. My main concern looking back at 2011 and forward to 2012 was the things that I believe separate good teams from great. I felt that the Lions were on the cusp, ready to take the next step, if they just did the small things better. Those that have followed our Lions know what I mean. Having a sense of purpose, no individual is above the team or does on or off-field activities detrimental to the team. Once the season began, stupid penalties.... like lining up in the neutral zone, false starts that change a 2nd and four to a 1st and 15, or my personal favorite... Illegal block in the back, Occur with too much frequency.
Teams are led from the top down. Games can not be lost because emotions impede what should be informed choices. Game situations need to be planned to stop 3rd and 12 at 11 yards not 13. Routes need to be run just past the goal not just short.
Yes, we can't control injuries. Good fortune plays a part in any playoff run, but leadership all through the coaching hasn't corrected/taught the things that win a bunch of our infamous close games. While I have faith that we will draft well again, the "Detroit Attitude" which should be dictated by our staff, needs to change one way or another.