The Detroit Lions are 1-3 through four games, and while it technically could be worse, it’s not looking very good for the future of this franchise. Their defense remains unacceptable under defensive-minded head coach Matt Patricia, the offense isn’t living up to the hype given the immense amount of perceived weapons on the roster, and Detroit is blowing leads faster than they can create them.
There is far from one person or player to blame. Patricia, as head coach, will see the brunt of the criticism, because that’s how things work in this league. If you’ve had three years to build a leader and you haven’t, the blame is right there in the mirror.
But if we’re looking at this team’s performance through four games, it’s undeniable that there are a handful of players who are not playing up to expectations. In fact, there’s probably more than a handful.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Who has been the most disappointing Lions player through four games?
My answer: Sadly, there are far too many good answers here. Matthew Stafford came into 2020 with soaring expectations and has produced far too many turnovers and missed on too many key plays. Tracy Walker was expected to make a big Year 3 jump, but started the season as a rotational player and hasn’t looked great as a full-time starter since.
The rookie class is also off to a rough start. Jeff Okudah is going through some serious issues right now, and while D’Andre Swift is starting to break through, he also dropped the game-winning pass in Week 1.
But I’m going to go with Marvin Jones Jr. He was a player the Lions were relying upon to help carry the offense early in the season when Kenny Golladay was injured. In four games, he has just 138 receiving yards total. He’s on pace for his lowest yards per game (34.5) and yards per reception (11.5) since his rookie season in 2012.
Jones did have some clutch plays that led to Detroit’s only win against the Cardinals, but for the rest of the season, he’s been a disappointment.