Originally written on It's Always Sunny in Detroit  |  Last updated 10/23/14
For the Detroit Lions, 2012 was the year of incredible disappointment and the anonymous quote.  After a 10-6 regular season last year, the Lions were torn up by the Saints 45-28 in the NFC Divisional game last January.  This season, they fell to a terrible 4-12 and for as many wins as they had, they had as many anonymous detractors making headlines. In two different instances, anonymous general managers (according to Pro Football Weekly) called out the Lions personnel.  Then in December, an anonymous Lion called out Ndamukong Suh and other teammates for not knowing what it takes to win.  And now another anonymous Lions player is calling out the players and head coach Jim Schwartz.  In an interview with Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com, the player painted a pretty broad brush: “I think players first and foremost are at fault.  I also think Coach lost control of the team a little. I hope he comes back. It would be stupid to fire him, but we were an undisciplined team. Most of that is on us.  But everyone needs to be accountable. The coaches, the players, the front office. Guys need to stop acting like (bleeps) off the field. Need to stop getting stupid penalties. The truth is, coaches need to punish guys more when they screw up.” It’s probably a good thing that the players will be away from each other for a couple months.  While what the player said is probably spot on and it sure seems like it from an outsider’s perspective, it shouldn’t be something that is said anonymously to a writer.  Maybe said player made it known to the whole team how he felt.  But if he didn’t, he’s asking for issues when the team re-convenes in April for OTAs.  And it’s certainly looking like Schwartz will be back to prove that he can control his team, so the anonymous talker is getting at least part of his wish. However, to get back to the playoffs in 2013, the Lions will need more than for their players to stop acting like (bleeps).
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