In 2011, the Detroit Lions put together the franchise's best season since 1995 with a 10-6 record, and lost to the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the playoffs. But with a 13-7 loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday night, the 2012 Lions are now 2-4 and in last place in the NFC North division.
With lots of ground to make up, head coach Jim Schwartz told WXYT in Detroit that the Lions "can't overreact" to the Monday night loss, because the reason for the loss is obvious. The Lions' lost despite outgaining the Bears 340-296 because of four turnovers, three of which came in the red zone.
"I think that you can overreact, but you need to identify it," Scwhartz said, "players need to identify it, and you need to take steps to correct it and you need to move on to the next one."
Do the Lions have a turnover problem? Not according to Schwartz, who says his squad is a "very ball-secure team" and mistakes came because players were trying to do too much:
"Joique Bell had a second-and-goal from the one that he treated like it was a fourth-and-goal, stretching the ball out. ... That's a play that is best saved for a different time."
The Lions next play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.