Even Dan Campbell’s tears during the Week 5 post-game press conference could not save the Detroit Lions from another loss.
The Lions are now on a ten-game losing streak dating back to last season.
While preseason games do not count, factoring in those games extends their winning drought to 13 games.
They last tasted victory in Week 13 of 2020 against the Chicago Bears.
Dan Campbell was a mediocre tight end and now he’s a horrible head coach. #Lions pic.twitter.com/qX6jUzSa1s
— JRED.COM (@JRedcom) October 18, 2021
The Lions went 0-16 the last time they started the season with six straight defeats.
From there, they lost four straight to close the season, even if three of those happened at Ford Field.
Not even a change in principal owner and head coach could save them from futility.
However, they received commendations for not giving up in their first few games.
Unfortunately, their loyal fan base does not want moral victories anymore.
How, how, how, how, how… could the #Lions not give Stafford a legit team around him for more than one year (and that's even questionable) in his 12 years in Detroit?
Spend decades looking for a QB to just put it to waste. sigh
— Logan Lamorandier (@LLamorandier) October 17, 2021
Instead, they want to see more scratches in the win column.
Sadly, there’s no plausible end to the misery that the franchise is experiencing.
Worst, they trended in the wrong direction after yet another defeat, this time to the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Lions scored all of their 11 points in the fourth quarter when the game was essentially over.
Cincinnati had a 20-0 lead through three quarters and still outscored them in the final chapter.
Joe Burrow went OFF against the #Lions 💥 pic.twitter.com/ih8tX6WPyN
— PFF CIN Bengals (@PFF_Bengals) October 17, 2021
Campbell’s wit and theatrics on the podium won’t explain this beatdown.
The Bengals barely broke a sweat to get their fourth win in six games and stay in the hunt for the AFC North title.
At 0-6, it would be tough for Campbell to find motivational words that will help end their slump.
He might not even see a second year in Detroit if the losses continue to pile up.
But what the Lions need is a revamp at critical positions.
Jared Goff Isn’t The Solution
If there’s any consolation for Goff, offensive linemen Taylor Decker and Frank Ragnow are on injured reserve.
Wide receivers Quintez Cephus and Tyrell Williams are also out of action.
A depleted offensive line and watered-down receiving corps won’t help any quarterback.
However, there’s no reason to believe that the Detroit Lions got the better of the Matthew Stafford for the Jared Goff trade.
Jared Goff…threw it away…on fourth down pic.twitter.com/tvXEX307QW
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) October 17, 2021
First, the Los Angeles Rams have the better overall roster by miles.
Second, an injured Stafford can outplay a perfectly healthy Goff.
The argument that Goff’s a work in progress in Detroit is long overdue.
There must be some indication of improvement in team chemistry after the first quarter of the regular season.
But the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback looked lost against the Bengals.
There are middle school QBs who can make this throw. Jesus. pic.twitter.com/1dJ6ItHzRb
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) October 17, 2021
If not for T.J. Hockenson, it would have been a more disastrous game for Goff.
The Bengals pass defense ranked 13th in the league, giving up 240.5 yards per game.
However, Goff finished with 202 yards and an interception.
Through six games, he is 15th in passing yards (1,505) but tied for 22nd in touchdowns with seven.
What’s more depressing is that Goff is Lions’ best option at quarterback.
Jared Goff: ultimately we all need to get better. pic.twitter.com/3FpMF9L5ZR
— Jennifer Hammond (@HammerFox2) October 17, 2021
Letting David Blough play will make the situation worse, and Tim Boyle is also on injured reserve.
They can bring in a free-agent quarterback like Cam Newton to try and buck their suffering.
But how much of a change will that move make?
As the only winless team left this season, the Lions may get next year’s top overall selection.
With the other starters hopefully returning next season, the Lions must use their pick to select a quarterback.
That decision will put pressure on Goff to perform better.
Otherwise, he can say goodbye to his role as the team’s starter under center.NEXT: Lions Fans May Want To Worry About An 0-17 Season