Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 7/13/12
You really cant argue with Green Bay receiver Greg Jennings analysis of the Detroit Lions. Hes dead on. You just might question his intelligence for giving one of his teams division rivals, a club coming off a 10-win playoff season, such bulletin-board material a couple weeks before training camp opens. During an interview with the NFL Network, Jennings openly questioned the Lions on- and off-the-field maturity, and who can blame him? After all, this is the team that was repeatedly penalized in big games last season, including Ndamukong Suhs well-publicized stomp on Thanksgiving Day against Packers. Its also the same team that leads the NFL in offseason arrests with six since late January, and the same team in which a player (receiver Titus Young) reportedly sucker-punched a teammate during a workout several weeks ago. Jennings asks a legitimate question. Can they maintain their composure, both on the field and off the field? he said. Theyre a very talented team, but they have struggles on the field containing their composure, and definitely, the things weve heard of, them being in the media with off-the-field problems and off-the-field issues. Can they be a professional ball club for 16, 17, 18 solid weeks throughout the regular season? Those questions wont be answered for a few months, until the Lions get into some hotly-contested match-ups with the division title on the line. Games like Nov. 18 against the Packers at Ford Field, and on Dec. 9 at Green Bay. Its one thing when the media criticizes something. Its another thing when your coaches harp on it. But when the arch-rival, a former Super Bowl champion, calls you out? Thats when it should really hit home that several players need to get their emotions and actions under control. Otherwise, as Jennings suggests, an apparent up-and-coming team is only going to go so far.
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