Detroit Lions: The Hidden Cost of the Loss to the New York Jets

November 9, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

There is a hidden cost that the Detroit Lions have incurred as a result of their stunning, shameful loss at home to the New York Jets. A cost that may set the Lions' rebuilding program back for years to come.
For the Lions, last Sunday’s game was supposed to be a statement game. A game that would see the Lions ascend into respectability and legitimacy among the cognoscenti, players, media and fans.
But, they lost, and more importantly those veteran free agents who will be targeted in 2011 were likely left with a decidedly negative perception of Detroit after the Lions failed to establish themselves as a destination of choice.
Veteran free agents want two things: a nice contract and a team that figures to become a contender.
The Lions have lost the respect of those free agents, whom they covet, at the worst possible time.
The Lions progress under the leadership of general manager Martin Mayhew, and head coach Jim Schwartz, has been well-documented.

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