Greg Jennings surprised many people with his bold and honest opinion on the Detroit Lions. The comments may have seem like fighting words, but what he said was nothing but the truth.
Jennings made an appearance on Thursday on the NFL Network show “NFL Total Access.” During that interview, he made some interesting comments on the Lions and there ability to keep full composure for the entire season.
“Can they maintain their composure, both on and off the filed?” said Jennings. “They’re a very talented team, but they have struggles on the field containing their composure, and definitely, the things we’ve heard of, them being in the media with off-the field problems and off-the-field issues.
“Can they maintain their composure? Can they be a professional ball club for 16, 17, 18 solid weeks throughout the regular season?”
Jennings makes a great point as the Lions have had six arrests this offseason which is clearly the most arrests coming from one team.
The Lions are a very young team, but with young teams comes immaturity. However, the level of immaturity that is on the Lions is astonishing.
The Packers were witnesses to the lack of composure Jennings was talking about during the Thanksgiving Day meeting last season. That is when Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh stomped on a Packers offensive lineman and got ejected from the game. This led to a two-game suspension by the NFL and is the type of problem that Jennings was alluding to.
With the Packers clearly being the team to beat in the NFC North, the Lions will have to play smart football throughout the season if they want to contend for a division title. A lack of composure will cause too many penalties and hurt a team’s chances to win football games.
The Packers on the other hand are one of the youngest teams in the league, but they are a very structured team that show lots of character. It is one of the main reasons why they were able to win a Super Bowl with such a young team. The game of football requires much more than just skill and athleticism. It requires teamwork and chemistry from all the players in the locker room. Coach Mike McCarthy has done a fantastic job of creating a pleasant atmosphere with the players and makes sure there is a fine balance between having fun and staying disciplined.
What Jennings said the other day might have been a surprise to people, but if the Lions want to have any chance of competing with the Packers next season, they will have to do a better job of keeping their composure throughout the season.