In his first year with the Detroit Lions, linebacker Larry Foote is showing his leadership abilities both on and off the field. Despite a pair of losses, Foote has turned in two strong performances; at New Orleans and against Minnesota.
Regarding what the team could do different regarding Sunday’s loss to Minnesota, Foote simply said, “Get the win. When you win, your little mistakes don’t mean (anything). The coaches might even overlook it, but when you lose, those mistakes remind them of (your mistakes).”
Coming from a Super Bowl winner to his hometown of Detroit, eyes have been on Foote to see how he would react if adversity were to hit.
Foote: “The main thing is: you can control your attitude. You can’t control what happened last year or you can’t control what happened Sunday. But Wednesday when we get out there and practice, my job is to just be upbeat, be positive and be encouraging to the other guys.
“But we’ve got to win. We’ve got to get a ‘W’ around here. Confidence builds by winning, not by talking, and going out and practicing. Confidence builds by closing games and winning on the road and beating good teams.”
Foote’s take on the team? The locker room is positive and upbeat to continue the season.
Foote: “We see the positives and we also see the negative things, but we can handle the negative things, we can control it. It’s a lot of mental stuff, and that’s the good thing as a football team – you can see a lot of our breakdowns are mental.”
As far as what those negatives are, Foote says the New Orleans game saw the majority of the negatives this season. He says, “When we’re on our stuff and doing the right thing we can being a good team.”
As far as the positives, Foote says:
“Defensively, we play hard. When you’re studying opposing offenses you can see their defense and sometimes around the league teams don’t play hard. I can’t say that about us because we do fly to the ball and in the long run that’s going to pay off.”
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