Windsor Star

Lions fail to deliver


Instead, no matter how frequently the management, the coaching staff or the on-field personnel changes, the Lions continue to come together to find new ways to lose.

In this scheme of things, they are remarkably familiar.

A defence that at times looks incapable of tackling even simple math problems, giving up big plays at precisely the worse time.

Wide-open receivers Roy Williams and Mike Furrey dropping balls that hit them right in the hands. Tackle Jeff Backus flagged twice for holding. Quarterbac­k Jon Kitna serving up three intercepti­ons, two of which were returned for touchdowns.

“I’ve been through this before,” Kitna said.

Anyone who’s followed this team for the past five decades has been through this before.

It long ago wore thin, just as Marinelli’s act is also beginning to grate on the masses.

“We’ve got to keep going, keep driving, keep pushing,” was his answer to Detroit’s 0-2 start, promising once more to analyze film in search of reasons behind the club’s latest disaster epic. See, things could be worse. You don’t have to watch it again today.

“My job is to keep going forward with this team,” Marinelli insisted.

Instead, this team is listing under his leadership, 1-9 in its last 10 games.

On the one hand, Marinelli’s refusal to point fingers at his players is noble.

But to a long-suffering following that for some unknown reason stands behind this inept organizati­on, it must also be growing tiresome.

They don’t want rhetoric, they want answers.

Even Marinelli seemed to acknowledg­e this reality check.

“The bottom line is winning,” he said. Not in Detroit. For the Lions, the bottom line remains repugnant failure.

At least in this element, Detroit has proven capable of fashioning variety.

In their season-opening 34-21 loss at Atlanta, the Lions permitted 318 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Sunday, the Packers garnered 328 yards and three touchdowns through the air.

“We had a chance to finish the job,” defensive end Dwayne White said of Detroit’s comeback. “And we didn’t.” Another reminder of what this team is truly all about.

The Lions aren’t rebuilding. They aren’t remodellin­g. They aren’t rebooting.

They’re redundant.

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