There are lots of troubling issues at work here. First if someone who works in football is going to say something about another team they should really be man enough to attach their name to it. Its ok to have an opinion, to take a stand, and to talk a little trash bout your opponents as long as you are man enough to attach you name to your words.
The one thing that is clear – they are not as close as people have tried to make it seem. They are a one-dimensional offensive team that if the quarterback (Matthew Stafford) is not on, people are figuring it out.
Pro football Weekly was the site that originally published the quote and they had another blast for yet another unnamed source would say that General Manger Martin Mayhew and Head Coach Jim Schwartz were over rated.
And here is yet another quote (of we can call the words of a nameless person a quote) blasting the Lions and their players:
They don’t have enough good players, and the players they think are good are not that good, Suh belongs on the All-Hype team. (DE Cliff) Avril is not that good — put on any game and you can watch him get blocked time and time again.
At 1-3, and just 6-9 since starting 2011 5-0 there is a strong case to be made that some of thesecomments are valid. That makes it even more troubling that whoever said this would not attach their name to it.
Schwartz gave a very pointed response to mlive.com concerning these comments:
I mean, hey, we’re 1-3, that’s the thing we are right now. We need to go win. We’re judged on winning in this league, not popularity contests, or what somebody says under the cloak of anonymity.
Michael David Smith of profootballtalk.com summed it up this way:
The reality is that there’s no argument anyone in the Lions’ organization can make that changes the fact that they’re 1-3. If the Lions want to change perceptions, they need to change their won-loss record, and let their play do their talking.