The Detroit Lions' biggest issue on Monday night was turning the ball over. Every time they seemed to be building some momentum, a turnover came and shifted it all back to the Chicago Bears.
One of the biggest turnovers happened at the start of the second half. After holding the Bears to a three-and-out, the Lions were set to get the ball back down only 10-0. That did not end up happening, though. Stefan Logan muffed the ensuing punt, giving the ball back to the Bears, which capitalized on the turnover by increasing their lead to 13-0.
The fumble by Logan was his second of the game. The first muffed punt went out of bounds, but losing the second one to the Bears was a huge mistake. It has led to calls for him to be released or at the very least demoted to the bench, but Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said on Tuesday that he doesn't plan to make any changes.
Jim Schwartz: "We haven't lost any faith in Stefan Logan" as a return man.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) October 23, 2012
Stuff like this is leading me to quickly lose faith in Schwartz as head coach of the Lions. Yes, Logan has made some great plays for the Lions in his two and a half seasons with the team. And yes, just last week against the Philadelphia Eagles he took a punt return back 48 yards. However, in that same game he nearly fumbled the ball away to the Eagles in overtime, which could have cost the Lions the game. At this point, the negatives are outweighing the positives as far as what he brings to the table.
Since joining the Lions in 2010, Logan has fumbled the ball 12 times. Only four of those fumbles were lost to the other team, but he puts the ball on the ground far too often. Last year, he was especially bad when it came to fumbles. Logan fumbled six times and lost the ball twice. This year, he's already matched his fumble totals from 2010 (three total, one lost), and considering he took a couple punts off the bounce and was almost immediately tackled on Monday night, he's lucky his numbers aren't even worse.
I get that Logan can make some explosive plays as a punt returner (he's pretty much been rendered useless on kick returns thanks to the new rules that were implemented last year), but how can coaches trust him back there at this point? He put the ball on the ground twice on Monday and once in overtime against the Eagles, and in general he's made some questionable decisions as a punt returner this season. What is the harm in putting Titus Young or Ryan Broyles back there? Or better yet, what does somebody have to do to be held accountable and see their playing time go down?
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