The Detroit Lions have made an absolutely horrendous start to the 2015 NFL season.
The Lions are still without a win from their entire campaign and they were completely destroyed on Sunday, losing 42-17 to the Arizona Cardinals.
Things couldn't get much worse for the Lions right now, barring any severe injuries to star players. Well, actually they can. Things can get very bad when opposing defenses know exactly what play is coming.
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This is what happened at Ford Field yesterday, as the Cardinals managed to guess exactly what was coming on a crucial interception early on in the game.
As the Lions lined up for a play with 11 minutes to go in the second quarter, Cardinals defensive line coach Brentson Buckner started yelling to his charges that a screen pass was coming. Defensive end Cory Redding picked off that pass and returned it inside the five-yard-line to set up a touchdown that helped turn a 7-7 game into a 42-17 laugher.
“Buck called it out from the sidelines, ‘Screen! Screen!’ He saw the formation, saw the guy crossing,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said, according to MLive.com. “We still have to catch it.”
Lions wide receiver Golden Tate said a couple of weeks ago that opposing defensive players told him that they knew what the Lions were going to run during games because it was easy to figure out Detroit’s intentions after studying their offense leading into the game.
This isn't a one-time problem now for the Lions, which has to beg the question of what is going on with their offensive play calling. Change has to come in Detroit, and it would not be a shock if Jim Caldwell followed Joe Philbin to the unemployment center.