Lions behaving like losers three-time losers

Lions behaving like losers three-time losers
May 29, 2012, 4:26 am
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Nothing is ever really won during the offseason and the flag-football of minicamps, which never reveal meaningful things about linemen or about performance under some semblance of pressure.But things can be lost in offseasons and no team this year is doing a better job of that than the Detroit Lions, which holds more than a little significance for the Bears and the rest of the NFC.The Lions have followed their undisciplined and self-destructive conduct on the field last year (Matthew Stafford, Ndamukong Suh vs. the Bears) with an offseason of which the Cincinnati Bengals could be proud.Four of Detroits five picks in the 2011 draft have had issues with the law already, including wide receiver Titus Young, who has been bounced from OTAs for reportedly sucker-punching safety (and teammate) Louis Delmas.Dave Birkett over at the Detroit Free Press does a thorough and pointed roundup of the issues happening under the general auspices of coach and enabler Jim Schwartz.
Without going into the specific incidents (Dave does that), two main points to consider:One is that the Lions could well be without defensive tackle Nick Fairley (two arrests) or running back Mikel Leshoure because of suspensions by the league for conduct-unbecoming.And the other is that at a time when serious teams are about the business of football, the Lions are clearly focused on matters other than football.The Lions were sliding backwards and down last season about the time Jay Cutler was fracturing his wrist, and Detroit only was a wild-card playoff qualifier because of the Bears injuries and Dallas stumbling in the final weeks.For point of reference: In the nine years under Marvin Lewis, the Bengals have raised off-field misconduct to an art form and hold the unofficial record for most players arrested under one head coach.They also have reached the postseason just three times and never won a playoff game.Same as Schwartzs Lions.