Garrett says the Lions need to shut up and play football!

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During this three game losing streak, the Detroit Lions have put on a display of terrible football.

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After starting the season 6-2, we kept hearing these Lions yapping about how this is a different team, and how they deserve everyone’s respect now. The fact that the Lions were basically celebrating a 6-2 start let me know that this team hasn’t made the drastic change that many of us thought. Head Coach Rod Marinelli has made a positive impact on this team, because he got rid of the loser’s mentality that many of the players had, but it seems as if the mindsets of the players went from one extreme to the other in one season, and two players are at the forefront of the problem.Â

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Last year, we saw an extremely pessimistic attitude from the Lions. This year, the Lions walk around and talk as if they have won two or three Super Bowls.Â

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Jon Kitna was adamant in his thoughts that the Lions gave away a game to the Giants; a team that he basically said was inferior to them. Well Kitna was wrong! I saw a game in which the Lions were dominated for four quarters, until Calvin Johnson made a spectacular catch to make it a one possession ballgame. It was false hope, because Kitna delivered in the same fashion that he always does when it is crunch time, with two interceptions (the second one wasn’t his fault). The only time where I saw a “clutch” Jon Kitna was against the Minnesota Vikings earlier this year.

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I am tired of Jon Kitna strutting around and talking like a sheriff. I am glad that he does have some confidence, but he goes overboard with his comments sometimes. The leader of the team has to back up his talk. He can’t go out there and throw interceptions that shatter momentum. He can’t drive down the field, and consistently put 3’s on the scoreboard instead of 6’s. He can’t drop back to pass and throw a deep ball that comes up five to seven yards short. He can’t throw 10 yard passes that have more hang time than punts. Maybe the hits that he takes are taking a toll on him. Maybe Mike Martz should realize that Kitna is not the type of quarterback that should sling the ball around 40 times a game.

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The next player that really grinds my gears (Family Guy reference) is Roy Williams. Roy is a great talent, but it seems apparent to me that he will ultimately be the Lions number two receiver once Calvin Johnson gains more experience in the league. When Roy came out of Texas a few years ago, there was a significant amount of talk about the fact that he wasn’t a “primetime player,” and that he wasn’t mentally tough. He has done some spectacular things for the Lions, but maybe some of it is warranted.Â

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Being at the game on Thursday, I saw Roy continually complaining about the way he was being covered by Green Bay’s Al Harris. Al Harris played Roy like he does everybody else, with relentless and aggressive physicality. Williams seemed to let it affect his game. For a player with his physical assets and skills, no one should be able to physically dominate him. Al Harris is a beast, but Williams should be able to use his strength to get open.Â

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Williams has the tendency to run his mouth off a little bit too much as well. After the Lions beat the Vikings, Williams pretty much crowned the Lions as World Champions. We all know, that once a team reaches that difficult 2-1 mark on the season, it’s a sign that they are bound for glory.Â

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The last thing that I want to touch on about Roy is something that I think really irritates everyone, not only in Michigan, but in the entire country. The thing I am talking about is Roy’s signature first down signal. When he first started doing it, I enjoyed it and though that it was funny, but now I realize that he does it after every single first down that he gets, and it is just annoying. Celebrating touchdowns are one thing, but to celebrate a routine first down is completely different, ESPECIALLY when the scoreboard says you are getting your butt kicked! Signaling first down in the fourth quarter when your team is down 22 points just doesn’t make sense. I didn’t see the Green Bay Packers receivers celebrating every single first down that they got, because that is what they are supposed to do.

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It is a reflection of the two different organizations, and the standards that have been set. When you have a quarterback like Brett Favre, a guy that has taken all of the hits that Kitna has in his career and has made the plays, your team will produce and will not get overconfident when they beat six mediocre football teams.Â

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I truly hope that the Lions can rebound and make the playoffs, but it seems as if the are unraveling and headed for another disappointing season.