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article imageOp-Ed: The NFL Draft Won’t Mean a Thing To The Detroit Lions

By Denis Lacelle     Mar 15, 2009 in Sports
As the 2009 NFL draft approaches, the importance of improving your line up can be the only thing on mind for most teams wanting to make the playoffs. For the Detroit Lions, nothing could be further from the truth as they have bigger problems to solve.
Two Minute Warning!
Since 1990, the Lions have tried to plug holes like we would use our proverbial fingers to stop water coming into a sinking ship. Obviously, this is not working but they don’t seem to realize this. Since 2001, Detroit averaged 4 wins and 12 losses, scoring 18 points and giving up 26 points per game. After last year’s 0 and 16 fiasco, something has to be done and quick!
It’s not like they chose bad players either or concentrated on just one aspect of the game. They have tried improving the offensive live, got new quarterbacks, added to their defensive line, linebackers… You name them! Nothing works! They can’t be all bad! The scouts can’t possibly be sleeping that much at the wheel! Detroit can’t even say they chose low in the draft. You might have one or two bad recruiting years here and there but... All of the NFL can’t be wrong either when rating the players. So what’s wrong?
The truth is, this organization needs a heart transplant and a new sense of pride installed. Players and coaches alike have become complacent and accustomed to losing that they just content themselves in getting their paycheck. At least, it looks that way. What’s even more aberrant is that upper management seems comfortable with it!
This is why the draft means nothing to them. Put yourself in a player’s shoes after hearing you’ve just been drafted by the Lions. What’s your first reaction? Oh! The player might put a nice smile on and shake some hands. After all, he just made a few millions after getting out of college! But I’d bet he’d rather be with another team! Wouldn’t you?
The excitement of going on the field the first few times will certainly boost his energy level but once the team starts losing, and continues to do so on a regular basis, frustration and the sense of simply “giving up” will set in regardless if you are a pro or not! We are all human! We’ve all been through something similar. The second effort fades away and, soon, the entire team does the same. Since nothing I do on the field works and that I can’t do everything myself, what’s the use? At this point, no matter how you whip a dead horse, if it’s dead, it’s dead!
Bottom line is, the players have some responsibility but upper management must assume the major part. They select the players! They select the coaches! They pay the contracts! If you don’t know much about the game, get someone who does! Bill Parcels is the type of guy Detroit needs! Badly! Look what he did last year with Miami in such a short time! A fiery coach like Mike Singletary, who epitomizes intensity and desire to win, would also be the ideal candidate! I’d bet they would both change the Lions current purr into a roar on the field! They need to bring out the killer instinct in each position and the confidence in finishing an opponent.
Losing is a sickness and it is very contagious. When it spreads, it can have long and disastrous effects. On the other hand, so does winning! All you need is having the right guys at the top and a whole lot of heart!
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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