Lions coach Jim Schwartz is finally telling it like it is. "We have gone off the rails this year," he said Monday. Considering the team's 4-10 record, he isn't likely to get any argument from fans in Detroit.
The Lions' current five-game losing streak eliminated them from playoff contention, leaving the opportunity to build momentum for the 2013 season as the team's sole focus over their last three games. To win, Detroit must correct key issues that have plagued the team in recent weeks.
For Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley, the tragic death of Dallas Cowboys practice squad LB Jerry Brown and subsequent intoxicated manslaughter charge pending against his teammate Josh Brent served as a reminder of how fortunate he is to have survived similar mistakes unharmed.