Johnson: “We wanted to put Chicago behind us … but we didn’t do that”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on November 16, 2011 – 4:09 pm

“I would have to say Sunday’s game was a lack of attention to detail, probably, as far as keeping the ball tight so it can’t get out. We had a few balls on the ground. We just weren’t us. We weren’t us, we didn’t come out well, we didn’t start fast, we didn’t have our swagger, really, on offense up and down the field like we used to. That’s one thing we have to do this Sunday.

“After a couple turnovers, the mood on the sideline was different. Honestly, it was. You can definitely tell it did change because we put ourselves in the hole that we really couldn’t get back out of.

“We’ve lost three of our last four after starting 5-0, but I just think about quarters. First quarter was great. Second quarter we were 2-2. We started off 0-1 this third quarter of the season and November’s big because it can set us up real nicely for where we want to be.

“It starts this week, getting back even, and then with the quick turnaround with Green Bay. But all the attention this week is on Carolina. We have to put together a good game plan and put it together on the field because we definitely have a heck of a task coming up afterwards.

“As far as the standings … I mean, you can’t help but to look. You want to know where you’re at. As far as last game, we wanted to put Chicago behind us. We understood that if we beat Chicago, that we’d put them behind us and have them playing for us the rest of the year. But we didn’t do that, so now we’re even with them with a huge game this week and another divisional game coming up after this one. How we do will be a good telltale for us.”

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22 Responses to “Johnson: “We wanted to put Chicago behind us … but we didn’t do that””

  1. By Kim on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply

    I really want to see some swagger!

  2. By Mani on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply

    Hard work starts now Lions! Every play, every down, every run counts now. Keep fighting.

  3. By Albert on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply

    Can’t wait to see megatron take over the game.

  4. By Oldcat on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply

    The bottom-line now is that the Bears have a gravy schedule remaining in comparison to the Lions. Too bad they can’t switch remaining opponents. While it appears the Bears will have it relatively easy the remainder of the regular season, it’s looking awfully difficult for the Lions. Most analysts figure the Bears to finish ahead of the Lions now. It’s up to the Lipns to prove them wrong.

  5. By Dale Waterman on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply


  6. By marcus on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply

    Yall have too play better all that fumbling and pick 6’s should of been in the first few weesk not now when its crunch time yall need to grow up and believe. Teams r not messing around if yall as a team cant match with the opponent is bringing do what u did this past sunday which was Give Up yall quit so if you feel you are not a contender you only have 7 more games to quit again and yall will be watching the playoffs on an island with all yall money and no Pride again.

  7. By marcus on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply

    Yall as an offense play scary is Hell if I was on the defensive side of the ball which i’m not and never will be I’ll tackle the crap out the offense as a whole too give yall a reason too quit cause yall will be hurtin foreal.

  8. By lionman on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply

    just were not ready,You could see on tv that you guys were not ready . This team is alot better than that and you all no that.Dont take it personal, but you all need to step it up.Chi. is not that good,and I no were not that bad. So get it right or were in for the past. GO LIONS

  9. By john on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply

    I would just say that we grossly UNDERACHIEVED last Sunday. We have far more talent, more potential than we showed against Chicago. P.S.,I do think Scot Linehan has to come to recognize that he’s not as smart as he thinks he is: when Stafford free falls, go with Drew Stanton (once he’s off the injured list), who offers excitingly diverse nuances Hill is just a bulkier version of the same thing. (Does Linehan not want to use a quarterback selected by Mike Martz?) Honestly, I don’t think Stanton has ever had a real chance to show what he can do. Whenever he plays, good things happen. Whatever, I think the offensive coordinator needs to rewire. Ego is big everywhere, especially in sports. Of course, this is Coach Schwartz’s call. The buck stops with him.

  10. By G. Jones on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply


  11. By Tony Dolby on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    To be honest I think the offence was not correct for the the style of game. The Receivers were split to wide and not enough motion. There is a reason the DB’s were jumping the routs. Next time please use a bunch formation and exploit the middle of the field……..Also come on Nate B!!!! Its time to step it up a notch:)

  12. By BRUCE HOULE on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    The Lions are on the right track and just need to learn what it takes to win consistently. Perhaps considering what a Pro team did a few years ago with two different QBs that each played a half. That means teams have to prepare for 2 QBs not just 1 and Stafford for example would not be taking a beating for a whole game. May increase longevity of our QBs when you have two quality quarterbacks. Oh well just a thought to ponder.

  13. By tony kayden on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    Three minutes before the half we could’ve been right back in the game. Calvin having that ball stripped on the one yard line of he Bears hurt big. The score would’ve been 20-13 at that point and the team could’ve gone into the locker with the momentum. Also, they didn’t give up when they picked up the fumble that was later ruled an illegal pass into the end-zone. Would’ve, could’ve, should’ve. We have to look ahead. Carolina is a huge game. We need or mo back. If we beat the Panthers like we should, it will give us our confidence back going into the biggest game of the season on Thanksgiving Day. I am still a believer. Totally. Go Lions. Go out and show the rest of the league what you’re made of.

  14. By Al P on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    Wow Calvin, Genius statement!

  15. By ThePlag on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    Just make the playoffs. After that anything is possible. I think back to the almost perfect season just a few years ago. Surprise, Surprise, NY Giants win with the wild card. We believe in you boys!

  16. By LEN SHUMATE on Nov 18, 2011 | Reply

    What frustrated me most wasn’t a bad game, or a loss. I want to see a quarterback angry at himself. I want to see a team that knows how to battle through it and not make it worse. Better but great only comes when you believe you can be even in adversity. Care enough to knock over a water cooler and rally the troops….

  17. By Mestal on Nov 18, 2011 | Reply

    I´m pretty sure Lions can beat phanters… if 59% completations Matt dont have a good game, just cus the panic, I think Lions hardly can do this season anymore. Excelent defense, excellents WR, excelents TE but… non an excelent QB. He just throw and pray god to be catch for a team mate. I´m sorry, I like Matt as a person, but he is not an elite QB, and after 3 years, he will not be any more. Show me Matt, not just in a game, but most of all, you can make it, you are not a rookie, you dont have more time to be dancing in the line.

  18. By Josh on Nov 20, 2011 | Reply

    You people have to be joking. You think Patriot fans want to replace Brady when he throws 4 picks. NO! Stafford is the guy and is far better than any other option. The dude has only played 22 NFL games. Just cause they started 5-0 didn’t mean they were a championship team yet. They are still learning and getting better. I assume you guys want to get Suh out of there cause he hasn’t got as many sacks this year….. see how dumb that sounds! The lions will be fine they just obviously need to play better than last week. GO LIONS!!!!

  19. By Tom Miles on Nov 20, 2011 | Reply

    The Lions suck again, just like always. I will always be a Lion fan but they will never make it to the SB

  20. By Benji on Nov 21, 2011 | Reply

    Some of you people have no clue. Lay off the qb, he will be just fine, and all of these silly comments about bringing Stanton in and starting a different qb in each half is ridiculous. Get a clue people and let the coaches and front office do what they are paid and more importantly, QUALIFIED to do.

  21. By jordan on Nov 23, 2011 | Reply

    wow tom you’re a fan?

  22. By Don on Dec 8, 2011 | Reply

    Josh and Benji
    You might want to Keep in mind that a lot of people who write on this site are not allway’s Lion’s fans, but rather Fans from some of our rival team’s.
    And would do anything to try and get us up on our QBs Back.
    For sure what these people want is for the player’s and the TEAM to think that we are not happy with our QB’s performance.
    Have any of you read the article that Tim twentymen wrote about How good Mathew Stafford is doing?
    It would be foolish for any of our fans to actually think that Stafford is’nt the QB that can take this TEAM where Ton’s of million’s of people want him to get this TEAM to. And that is the Super Bowl.
    This is Staffords first real Season of play and he is about to possibly start breaking all kind’s of QB record’s that have stood for years.
    Mathew is JUST starting to get going in this NFL! And I truly believe that he will get this TEAM to it’s final destination. The SuperBowl ! And the winning of the superbowl! And hopefully to more than just one!

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