When most teams fire a coach and/or a general manager with a losing record, fans are provided with hope that things will get better in the future. You might hear something like “it can’t get any worse than this,” and while that may be true considering Matt Patricia’s record as a head coach is historically terrible, it’s not always a guarantee. Still, it’s nice to shake off the toxic culture that was spread throughout the facility and also rid ourselves of the “Patriot Way” mantra.
But when I think ahead to the future of this organization, I don’t feel excitement or hope. I am still extremely worried about this organization’s ability—or lack thereof—to find the right GM/head coach to right the ship. I’m also deeply concerned about Rod Wood’s true role and his possible tendency of reaching too far into the football side of things.
Lions-Titans Song of the Game: “Level of Concern” by Twenty One Pilots
I selected this song for a couple reasons. One, it’s obviously very relevant to the way I feel about this team heading forward. It’s also relevant to our current state as a society and one that continues to carry weight throughout this pandemic.
Panic on the brain, world has gone insane
Things are starting to get heavy, mm
I can’t help but think I haven’t felt this way
Since I asked you to go steady
“Level of Concern” was released at the start of the coronavirus’ spread throughout the country and it serves as a concerned, but hopeful track relating to society and the music industry as we all try and get through this together.
‘Cause I told you my level of concern
But you walked by like you never heard
And you could bring down my level of concern
Just need you to tell me we’re alright, tell me we’re okay
As it relates to the Detroit Lions, I’m still trying to digest what I witnessed on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. I liked what I saw from Darrell Bevell as an interim head coach in his first two games and it looked like his aggressiveness as a playcaller was on full display. But it didn’t take long for that to go away against the Titans.
The decision to send the punting unit out down 14 points in the fourth quarter and trust the defense to make a stop is one of the most cowardly coaching acts I have ever seen. I worry that with some actual job security as a HC, Bevell would be the same conservative coach that we’ve seen in years past.
The hope is that the search committee can recognize this and find a new head coach and GM elsewhere. And maybe launch Rod Wood into outer space while we’re at it.