This season the Detroit Lions went from first place in the NFC North to eliminated from the playoffs. Lions’ running back Reggie Bush cited the team’s collapse to a lack of chemistry.
“There were certain games where maybe the offense was playing well and the defense struggled,” he said, per the Detroit Free Press. “Then there’s games where defense played well and offense struggled. Or there’s games — I’m thinking of the Philadelphia game — where special teams just played lights out and offense and defense couldn’t really get it together.
“I just think that maybe our chemistry as a team definitely struggled and lacked a little bit — and obviously the turnovers and big plays, making more plays when needed.”
Chemistry is one way to put it. Consistency could be another.
“As a team, when you kind of have that mentality that no matter what the situation is, you can always overcome it and come out with a win,” Bush said.
The Lions’ also lacked consistency and leadership. This season’s collapse is sure to spur some changes within the coaching staff and players. It definitely won’t be the same team in 2o14.