In honor of Festivus, it's time for a Detroit Lions edition of the "Airing of Grievances."
"I got a lot of problems with you people! And now, you're gonna hear about it."
By you people, I mean the 2012 Detroit Lions. This was supposed to be the season in which the Lions solidified their turnaround by at least competing for another trip to the playoffs. It most certainly wasn't supposed to be a reversion back to their losing ways, but here we are. With only one game left in the season, the Lions are a dismal 4-11, and they have shown this season that there is still a lot of work to be done before we can truly say this franchise has been turned around.
Given that this season has been so disappointing and frustrating, I think we all need to let out our anger. This is where Festivus, a "holiday" made famous by Seinfeld, comes in. One of the traditions of Festivus is the "Airing of Grievances." I'll let Frank Costanza explain:
Let's have our very own "Airing of Grievances." Want to get something off your chest about the Lions? Unload your anger. There's a time and place to be positive, but this isn't it. I'll start:
- Stefan Logan: What happened, man? You were so good in 2010, but since then? Well, it's been ugly. We wrote off 2011 as the kickoff rule changes messing with your mojo, but 2012 has been even worse. Be it an inability to judge when to catch the ball, muffing punts or simply being ineffective when you do return kicks, it's just been a season to forget. Taking a knee at the 4-yard line on Saturday night was the exclamation point on an awful 2012.
- Jim Schwartz: As much as I want to blame Logan for his struggles, it's really your fault. Quite simply, Logan shouldn't be in a position to continually screw up at this point. He should have been benched from returning kicks and punts months ago, yet you continue to put him out there when it's clear he isn't getting the job done. This lack of accountability is nothing new, and I feel like it's a big reason why the Lions are currently 4-11. This entire year has been a mess on and off the field, and ultimately that goes back to the head coach.
- Anonymous rival GM: It takes a real low-life to criticize an entire team and take personal shots at a player without attaching a name to the comments. But hey, congrats on making headlines and causing distractions for the Lions.
- Walt Coleman: I may never get over what your officiating crew did to the Lions on Thanksgiving this year. Obviously Schwartz screwed up by throwing the challenge flag, thus negating the potential for a review, but it shouldn't have come to that in the first place. Seriously, what the hell was that? Even the replacement refs had to groan at the officiating in that game.
- Aaron Berry: You just had to go and get arrested twice in the offseason, and you just had to have the second incident involve a gun. Your selfishness cost you a spot on the team and cost the Lions valued depth at cornerback. The season probably wouldn't have turned out that much differently had these incidents not happened, but forcing rookie cornerbacks into the starting lineup was a recipe for disaster.
- Titus Young: I've saved the worst for last. Let's recap what Titus Young "Sr." has done this year. In the summer, he got sent home for a week after sucker-punching Louis Delmas. During the season, after drawing rave reviews for his effort in training camp, he morphed back into his old self. He not only allegedly complained to coaches about wanting the ball more, but he decided to intentionally line up incorrectly. Bold move, Titus. This got him sent home again, and the Lions said enough was enough after he returned and nothing changed. Congrats on being the world's worst teammate.
This is far from a comprehensive list. If I really wanted to share all of my issues with this season, Week 17 would probably come and go before I actually finish the post. This is merely a starting point. I'll let you guys take it from here.