The pressure was on this particular bye week for the Detroit Lions hoping to turn things around.
Veteran Trey Flowers has had his share of bye weeks and knows what this time is for.
“Get some rest physically. Mentally — just kind of restore. Spend time with family. Relaxation ... be prepared for the next nine games and go out there and give your best,” he said.
Rookie receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown said he also spent time with family and friends in California. Now back in Detroit, he said he’s working on a new mindset Campbell is asking players to adopt — the next nine games are a brand new season.
“That first half of the season, put it behind us and let’s look at this next half of the season as a new season — a time to improve, be better, pay attention to the details, do all the little things that maybe we didn’t do in the first half of the season,” he said.
As you might imagine, Campbell spent the bye self-scouting. He addressed issues on both sides of the ball, but said he kept coming back to the players that might make up the future of the franchise.
“The hard thing right now is the fact that what happened (against) Philly puts a bad taste in everybody’s mouth,” he said, referencing the 44-6 loss on Oct. 31. “It does ours too but when you do go back and you step back and look at it in its totality, you do see improvement on young players.”
But when asked to reflect on what he has felt over the past few months since coaching the Detroit Lions, he said he’s really not able to. It’s all about the next game.
And onto your notes.
- Lions Wire’s Jeff Risdon offers a 7-round mock draft based on the order as of November 6. Also — another piece from him explains how Sunday’s upsets prove the Lions can win on any given Sunday.
- Could the Lions actually go 0-17? All Lions’ Christian Booher thinks Detroit should win at least three games remaining in the season.
- Detroitlions.com’s Mike O’Hara also breaks down Detroit’s remaining games and what the Lions would have to do to win against each team.
- According to a survey, Lions’ owner Sheila Ford Hamp is among the least popular team owners in the NFL. Mlive’s Brandon Champion has that story.
- This has nothing to do with the Lions — I just found it amusing and thought you might too. As you know, Eli and Peyton Manning pair up for a hilarious, entertaining alternative Monday Night Football show for most weeks dubbed the ManningCast. Apparently there’s growing belief in a curse — every single player who has appeared on the show has lost their next game the following week.