Lack Of Leadership Puts Detroit Lions In Vicious Cycle

By Luis Vilanova
Calvin Johnson
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The Detroit Lions will be fighting the battle of their lives on Monday Night Football as they host the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. The fans will show up for a ¨Blue Out¨ evening, as they will try to rally the troops and encourage a broken Lions’ team to make a final run for the NFC North.

It’s Prime Time at Ford Field, and it will take something special for the Lions to start winning again; perhaps the fact they return to national television is just what they need to get the NFC North party started.

As I look back on the Lions’ season, it is evident that there has not been much leadership from players and coaches. Players who make the big plays aren’t verbal enough and players who don’t really contribute that much are running the huddles and yelling all kinds of stuff.

Jim Schwartz is probably the most passive coach in the NFL and doesn’t realize that his lack of determination and motivation has the Lions in a vicious cycle. It almost sounds as if he makes reference to losing as ¨almost winning.¨

Everyone who has watched the Lions has to be fed up with the dances, the loud team pep talks from Louis Delmas and Nate Burleson, the focus on Matt Stafford‘s passing yardage and coach Schwartz’s boring post-game press conferences to justify losses. It is unfortunate that the Lions find themselves in such a bitter situation after such a successful start to the season.

In my opinion, the only person with the credentials to speak and fire up a depleted Lions team is Calvin Johnson,  period. If it weren’t for Megatron’s heroics, Detroit would be battling the Minnesota Vikings for last place in the division. Lions fans will be anxiously waiting for Monday night dressed in Honolulu Blue and expecting much accountability from Schwartz and his team.

Luis Vilanova is a Detroit Lions writer for Follow him/her on Twitter, “Like” him/her on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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