lost six of their last seven games down the stretch last season. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)
The Detroit Lions are hoping to put last season behind them, a year in which immense preseason expectations gave way to the disappointment of losing six of their last seven games with the NFC North title up for grabs.
With Jim Caldwell replacing Jim Schwartz, who was fired following the 2013 season amid reports that he couldn't keep control of the team, there's a lot of people looking for this talented, veteran group to have a quick turnaround and get back into playoff contention in 2014.
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But as Lions running back Reggie Bush recently stated, while having the new coaching regime is nice, it's ultimately up to he and the other veterans on the team to make sure they have that success in 2014.
"It's something that we have to be ready for and something we have to take advantage of, too," Bush told MLive.com. "Without leadership on this team, we're not going to go far."
If the likes of Bush, Matthew Stafford
, Calvin Johnson
and Ndamukong Suh
don't take full responsibility for on-field leadership, the team certainly will end up falling into the same rut it did at the end of last season.