I feel like I’m writing this story every year. I can only imagine how the beat-writers feel.
The Detroit Lions, once again are not going to the playoffs, losing at home to the New York Giants, who were 5-9 going into today’s game. However, all I’m hearing and seeing on the internet is about how head coach Jim Schwartz is mad about the fans booing. Here is what he said about the boos at the end of the 4th quarter when the Lions elected to take a knee instead of trying to run a play on offense.
“I was disappointed to hear boos. We’re getting ready to go to overtime right there and our crowd is great for us and they support us,” Schwartz said. “The team needed a lift right there. We didn’t need to feel bad at that point. We just intercepted a ball that got us to overtime. I thought that I was just trying to get our team.
“That’s tough, the situations when your players are getting booed and you want them fired up. That’s what I was trying to do right there.”
But that is not the only person to talk about the boos after the game.
“Fans are frustrated but what do you think we are,” receiver Nate Burleson said. “I get it, you come in and sit down and you cheer loud and occasionally want to get upset and boo.
“But if the fans are frustrated, just imagine what we feel on the field. And I think maybe Schwartz was just speaking out because the same fans that boo turn around and go crazy when we get the lead.
“So I get it. I’ve been playing long enough to where I don’t get upset when fans boo. You pay a ticket, you buy the jerseys, you have your right to go out there and show your emotions.”
Yes the fans have that right. Especially what this team did to us this year. They went 6-3 and then for some reason Matthew Stafford decides to have the worst stretch of his wrong career and they lose 5 of their last 6 games. They had the 2nd easiest schedule with 8 games remaining based on their opponents. And they were 6-2. Even if they go .500 they would have won this division. Instead, we get apologizes from the players and even the media are blaming the fans for the way the Lions are.
Instead of booing the team, Lions fans should boo themselves for continually accepting this nonsense. Look in the mirror
— Drew Sharp (@drewsharp) December 23, 2013
I usually don’t mind some of his tweets and I had him as a guest professor at the University of Detroit Mercy but he is way out of line and wrong this time. I will not blame myself for this team. This team had plenty of talent to win ten games and everything fell into place for them except the most important part, which is them winning. Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers have been out for the last 6 to 7 games and they could not take advantage of it.
But here we are again as fans, asking the question Sharp hints at: Why do we accept this?
Honestly, it sucks right now. However, I really believe this team will learn from this and recover. Next year though with a new coach. I liked the passion and fire Jim Schwartz brought to this team and he did change the attitude of this team. But his message is certainly not getting to the players anymore. The lack of discipline and mistakes are a sign of that. He is just not the right coach for this team anymore. However, I don’t know who they would get if they decide to fire him. All I know is that if he is fired he will have lots of time to look in the mirror. And maybe Sharp should join him. But in the end, it is the players responsible for the wins and losses.
Not the fans or the media.