Nick Fairley can be an excellent NFL defensive lineman for the Detroit Lions and a pain in the side for opposing offenses as he proved against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. He simply has to mature and stop making stupid penalties and mistakes, which also applies to another Lions defensive lineman.
He made up for all of his past transgressions, as far as Lions fans are concerned, with one play against the Bears when he tackled Matt Forte for a loss on the two-point try late in the game to preserve a 21-19 win at Soldier Field. Fairley seems to be a typical defensive player for the Lions. He can make outstanding defensive moves worthy of the team’s No. 1 draft pick two years ago. At other times he’ll take dumb penalties or show ineptness that makes one wonder if he’ll ever amount to anything in the NFL.
But Fairley and the Lions defense is starting to make big plays when they need them. They’re 6-3, leading the NFC North, and they have a clear shot at the playoffs and a decent seed. But there are seven games left and plenty of time for Fairley, if he hasn’t totally matured by now, to make some bad decisions to cost them a game.
Fairley and his teammates on defense are slowly but surely giving signs that perhaps their poor decision making is in the past and they’re ready to play smart football for the rest of the season. When he’s smart Nick Fairley is golden, but when he goes back to his foolish ways he is a major detriment to his team. It’s his decision which way he wants to go for the rest of the season.