This is where we are in the illustrious history of the press. We are to the point where we are getting “anonymous sources” left and right and articles written about them. This is what the media has come to. You don’t have to put your name on it anymore. The media has figured out that you don’t need it. You can just say whatever you want. Could be the water boy, but if he is anonymous he’s still “Lions manager” when it comes to his clout in an article.
Here is the article and here are some of the major quotes:
“Yeah, we’re loaded,” the unnamed player told Yahoo. “But we have a couple of guys who don’t understand what it takes to win. Just making a couple of plays and thinking that makes you great … sometimes you want to just shake some of these guys and say, ‘Don’t you get it?’ “
Asked who in particular fell into that category, the player said, “Ndamukong would be first.”
“He’s focused for 90 percent of the time,” an anonymous teammate told Yahoo. “But it’s the 10 percent that kills you. … With (Suh), he loses his cool and all of a sudden we’re blowing a play or dealing with some controversy.”
Let’s forget about it being a cowardly Lion anonymous source though for a minute. When all is said and done, does what was said hold true? Does this team really not “get it” when it comes to winning? Do I even need to answer that question?
No matter how absurd this “source” is one thing is for certain: This franchise doesn’t know how to win. This season has cemented that fact into us week after week of losing by one score or less. While last year the luck bounced our way more than it should have, this year it is going the other way. There is something to be said for the leadership, and the way this team prepares for their games. How many games this year have you said to yourself “they didn’t come out ready to play”? Must be at least half the games this year right? IS there anything more damning in showing you don’t know how to win than how you come out every week and put yourself into a hole time and time again?
The wheels are really going to start coming off now I think. Losing doesn’t fix anything. This season is a huge step back. It’s going to kill a lot of the optimism this franchise had. It’s the kind of season that says they got the wrong guys to lead the team. It’s the kind of season that the coach loses the team. It’s the kind of season where you are talking about the draft a month too early. It’s the kind of season where the final games you actually want them to lose for a higher draft pick, and to make sure that nobody gets rewarded in some way for it when they all of sudden rip off 2-3 wins to finish the season “strong”.
There may be guys that don’t know how to win on this team. There always are.
“When stars act like that, everybody else thinks it’s OK to act like that,” the player said. “It’s like with kids. You let one get a little out of control, the other one does the same thing pretty quick. It’s human nature.”
This last quote says a lot more than the headline does about this team though. It shows the lack of leadership missing from this team. This “source” could do a lot better as a leader than a whiner if he really “gets it”. Take your own responsibility. Blaming others is always the sign that you aren’t a leader.