By Matt Tropman
The Lions won the game against the Texans on Thanksgiving, but ended up with another mark in the “L” column thanks to a foolish replay rule and Jim Schwartz’ hasty red flag. Nevertheless, the season’s playoff aspirations, which were on life support already, were officially declared dead last Thursday. After an exciting playoff run last season, expectations were high this summer. But what has been true of the Lions for a generation remained unchanged this year: high expectations are always met with poor results.
And yet, something does feel palpably different about the Schwartz/Mayhew/Lewand iteration of the Honolulu Blue. There seems, or at least seemed, to be a general air of competence. But as year four draws to a close, maybe it was an illusion caused by the easy comparison to the complete failure that was the Matt Millen era. By that measure, Schwartz and Mayhew look like miracle workers. But by the standards of solid, consistent NFL teams, are they really holding their own?
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