Close is not good enough in the NFL. The Lions are learning that once again in 2010, as Sunday the team fell to the Packers 28-26 in Lambeau Field. The club is now 0-4 this season, and have been in every game but one, losing the other three by totals of 5, 3, and now two.
Jim Schwartz is 2-18 as Lions head coach. Yet his club week in and week out seem to be just that close to finally turning it around. This year looked like a season where they finally would be able to get more than three wins, yet so far, it has not happened.
They were shell shocked in week one with a bad call in Chicago, lost in a shootout but had a chance to win at home against the Eagles in week two, made too many mistakes in Minnesota in week three, and now hung in but fell by two to one of the leagues best to the Packers in week four.
So after all that – what is still not happening?
The mentality of winning in the NFL has yet to reach this young team, and that may be holding them back as much as anything. They do not have that sense of urgency, and have shown that by being slow starters in games and even when they have had chances to rally late, have not shown the ability to get it done.
Maybe it’s as simple as getting their franchise QB in Matthew Stafford back in the lineup, but did anyone think Shaun Hill has been the real reason this team is winless? Or maybe the defense will finally start to get it that they can’t allow wide outs to run around wide open and continue to give QB’s way too much time to throw.
Whatever the case may be, the Lions are who they are, and right now that is a young team with a load of talent that have yet to put it together for a full 60 minutes. A lot more losses like that of the first four weeks, and there won’t be a lot more patience from a fan base that has waited long enough for this team to get it right.