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Notes: Lions coaches buried the Week 8 game film

No, really. It was that bad.

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Last night, team reporter Dannie Rogers posted a clip to her Twitter account from the newest episode of Lions Game Plan. The episode, which as of this writing has not yet been posted to the Bally Sports Detroit YouTube account (it usually goes up each Friday), has a brief exchange about takeaways from the Philadelphia Eagles game film with head coach Dan Campbell.

Certainly, the film was awful from the Lions’ most recent loss, but Campbell explains it was so bad that defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn (“AG” in the video) and his crew “went outside and literally buried it under the ground.” Rogers checks to be sure she understands it right by asking if “they took some shovels out there? Today?” The answer from Campbell: “Yeah, got it done.”

Is this really a thing? It turns out yes, football teams in the past have performed this ritual to get past horrible games. In September 2015, the captains of the Penn State football team buried tape of a loss against Temple under their practice field. At the time, Penn State had not lost a game to Temple since 1941. That’s the college ranks, though. Surely no professional football coach has done this before?

According to former NFL quarterback Matt Cassel, the season before he and Mike Vrabel were traded by New England to Kansas City in 2009, they did the same thing. After losing to Miami 38-13, at the direction of head coach Bill Belichick, the team buried the game film:

But that following Tuesday, he didn’t come in and rip us.

Instead, we literally went out to the practice field, dug a hole, and buried the game film.

Seriously: It might still be there. Somebody might have to take a metal detector and go find that thing.

But I’m glad it got buried, because it sent a message to the team: “Look, you guys can sit here and dwell on this bad loss and beat yourself up over it, but after this moment right now, we’re burying it and we’re moving on. It’s in the past.”

Whether such a move is an effective motivation technique is hard to know, but who are we to argue against the Lord of the Rings? Let’s just hope it works in Detroit. Now, on to the rest of today’s Notes:

  • Rogers also sat down this week with Katherine Hopkins, Lions’ Director of Performance Nutrition in the latest edition of their Women in Football series

  • We here at Pride of Detroit are obsessed with the kicking game, and we’re not sorry about it.

  • A former Lions quarterback is having a good season:

  • I know I voted for D’Andre Swift as the offensive MVP so far this season, but this is really ugly: