The headline on Tom Kowalski’s Lions grades is “Continuing discipline problems reflects on coaching staff.” Is it true? Well, the Lions took their more-talented team into Ralph Wilson Stadium, and they got kicked in the nuts. Their offense made the worst defense in the NFL look like the ‘85 Bears, and their defense made Fred Jackson look like Steven Jackson. So what killed the Lions yesterday, so the common wisdom goes, is coaching.
Penalties. Personnel. Alignments. Clock management. Communication breakdowns. Special teams lapses. Coaching.