The thing that bothered me more than the failed faked field goal play was how the Lions responded to it.
The Lions play was worse than coach Jim Schwartz’s play calling. Remember this, even after punter Sam Martin fell two yards short and fumbled the ball away on the faked field goal the Lions still led by four points and Pittsburgh was 96 yards away from taking the lead. However, the play seemed to give the Steelers new life and propelled them to a 37-27 victory over the Lions at Heinz Field.
In their next two series the Steelers gained 130 yards on 21 plays and scored two touchdowns. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was 8-for-12 passing for 93 yards and threw two touchdown passes. Meanwhile, the Lions offense stayed dormant. In their final two series the Lions ran 11 plays and gained two yards.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford was 0-9 passing with an interception.
The team melted down and made their coach look like a fool.
We all know Schwartz should have kicked the field goal, gone up seven points, and taken his chances. The Steelers probably would have come back and tied the game any way, but perhaps the final Stafford interception does not happen because he would not have to throw a desperation pass to Calvin Johnson on third and 10.
The Schwartz call is something Lion fans must deal with. He is going to be aggressive at times. The players are going to be aggressive at times. When things work out they will look like the smartest and best people in the room. When they fail they will look like amateurs. And that is what Schwartz looks like the day after.
But his players sure did not help him.