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Wednesday open thread: Who was at fault for the Lions’ tie vs. the Cardinals?

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It’s always easy to point blame in a loss, but with so many positives in the Lions’ tie Sunday it’s hard to point the finger.

NFL: SEP 08 Lions at Cardinals Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Lions gave us hope and let us all down in the most Lions fashion possible on Sunday, doing so at the hands of a rookie quarterback, rookie head coach, and already injury-hampered Cardinals team.

The Lions performed the way we all hoped they would for the first three quarters, but it became clear in the fourth quarter that the Lions got comfortable in a bad way, and the Cardinals got comfortable in a good way. At the end of the day, whose fault was it?

Question of the day: Who’s at fault for the Lions’ non-win against the Cardinals?

My answer: Paul Pasqualoni.

It’s easy to point the finger at defensive players, especially after they brought so much pressure in the first three quarters. The up-tempo pace from the Cardinals changed the dynamic of the game, however, and it’s tough for someone like Paul Pasqualoni to adjust play-calling after an entire game in the middle of a drive that is suddenly up-tempo.

That would be the excuse if it were a single comeback drive. The Cardinals, however, did it several times. Contrary to popular opinion, the Lions’ defensive play-calling didn’t get conservative as Jeremy Reisman explained; the Cardinals’ offensive play-calling just got aggressive.

Pasqualoni has a responsibility as defensive coordinator to adjust play-calling and personnel accordingly to match their tempo, and in future games, he can’t get caught up in the precedent of what the Cardinals did all game.

Who do you think is to blame for the tie? Let us know in the comments below.