Sunday, December 30, 2012

Thoughts after 1st quarter, Bears, Lions

- Would I fire Jim Schwartz as head coach? No. But I know enough about the Lions to understand that there is only one vote that counts on such matters. It is owner William Clay Ford Sr. And I also know enough about the Lions to understand Ford Sr will do exactly what he pleases - regardless of what his son, the media or the fans think. It is real simple: If Schwartz rubbed Ford Sr. the wrong way, he will be out. Ford Sr's actions virtually have little to do with any sort of public or private pressure that is being exerted on him. I do believe Chris Mortensen's report about Schwartz's job status is credible. There is an unpredictability with Ford Sr. Sometimes he sticks with a  regime or coach forever. Other times, he does have knee-jerk reactions. He does try to do what is best for the team, and plays to his own instincts, which have often been off given the Lions' on-the-field record since he has owned the team.
- The Lions regained most of the yardage after the play, and did get a field goal, but defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch should have just fallen on, instead of trying to pick up, the fumble by Bears' QB Jay Cutler.
- There have been a few times in recent years I have praised Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy and safety Louis Delmas for their ability to tackle in the open field. Earl Bennett's long TD catch-and-run was not one of them. That was an awful example of open field tackling.
- If the Lions lose this game, they could get as low as the third overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. If they win today, they could fall to 9th. But the crowd here at Ford Field clearly would like them to win the game today. A lot of Bears fans here today, though, kind of line the pre-2011 days. It's a very different atmosphere from the last time the Bears visited Ford Field, that's for sure.


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