Published: June 26th, 2010 | Tags: Detroit Lions, Jim Schwartz, Matt Millen, Players who think the Lions will make the playoffs
The Lions are mad as hell, and they are not going to take it anymore. Of course, a decade of losing will do that to any team.
The Lions have not reached the playoffs since 1999. To put that in perspective, Matt Millen was only a broadcaster in 1999, with no front office experience. And he was still likely popular in Detroit at that time, too.
But the Lions have taken a different tone this season. Many players have come out and said that the team is making the playoffs. There are budding stars and a hard-nosed coach, Jim Schwartz. And now the Lions are so fired up for the season, fights have been breaking out in minicamp.
MLive.com reports that there were three fights during the two-minute drills, including the final two skirmishes that happened at the same time. Schwartz, however, was not pleased with the fighting.
- “We had that situation come up in OTAs and we sort of laughed that you can’t fine the players. But guess what? There are going to be a lot of fines from today. It’s not acceptable what happened,” Schwartz said. “When you have guys entering fights that aren’t involved in it, you know, that’s unacceptable. They’re going to get taxed pretty heavy for that.”
Now, I would not want to question the coach here, but with all of the losing the team has endured, maybe you want your team a little on edge. Of course, you would want the players to save it for the season. But still, you have to like the fire that the Lions are showing. The Lions fans at least need that.