Schwartz keeps a level head … not getting carried away

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I know I’m new to the Lions, but I’ve been hearing a lot of the ‘at least we are better than last season’ chatter surfacing.

Hell, the Lions were 0-16 last season; you damn well better had be better.

So whilst I get that being competitive, yet losing, is better than just showing up and losing, it still is a loss. And Sunday’s loss hurt hard. Despite the fact it was Daunte Culpepper in there (and hence self destructive) I was really into rooting for this team down the stretch.

I mean who could ask for more than the ball and two minutes to march downfield and tie the game against the Super Bowl champs?

Well the three-peat sack-a-thon that killed that drive was a dagger to the heart. But at least coach, Jim Schwartz, kept a lid on his feelings:

“An adage in the NFL, probably courtesy of Bill Parcells is, ‘You are what you are.’ You are what your record says you are. We’re a 1-4 football team coming off a tough loss,”

he said after Sunday’s loss, adding:

“We have a lot of work to do with a lot of issues that we have to deal with this next week to go on the road to Lambeau (Field) to win for the first time since 1991.

“That’s what we are: a 1-4 football team and we have a lot of work to do.”

I hear you Jim. And I love your pragmatism. Hope it’ll rub off on the players. The attitude is a mile better than last season though, so we are making progress, right?

“Yeah, sure, but does it matter?,”

Schwartz exclaims.

“Not on your record. This is a bottom line business. It’s a production business and it’s… you need to get wins. You don’t need to play well, you don’t need to have a chance at the end, you don’t need to overcome adversity and all that other stuff, you need to win games and we’re not there yet.

“We still have a lot of work to do.”

Well. That’s the deal. The Schwartz said it all “Nice try, no cigar. Try harder next time.

Still the defense has been a bonus, putting in some solid stops and with Matt Stafford set to return … well if only it wasn’t the Packers this weekend, eh?

And there’s always week 7. We’ll be a 1-5 team, with a real chance at 2-5. If only these other teams weren’t so damn fine.