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Friday, November 26, 2010
BBAO: 'Lack of heart' for Lions

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Uh-oh. Another late-game collapse led two veteran players -- both in their first years with the Detroit Lions -- to call out teammates for accepting the organization's long-term losing culture. Nose tackle Corey Williams and cornerback Chris Houston both suggested there is not enough heart in the team's locker room.
Williams, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press: "There's a bunch of guys that need to be called out. A bunch of guys need to look in the mirror, realize that there's more to it than just playing in the NFL. There's more to it than getting paid. You got guys, everybody out here got their career on the line, you know what I mean? You can easily take your last snap at any moment, so I think guys need to take it more serious. I don't think guys take it serious enough."
Houston: "When adversity hits, everybody can't hold their head down. Leaders got to step up and lead. When adversity hits on the team, you kind of see it in some guys' body language, here we go again. You can just tell. So we just got to have heart and know that when adversity hits we got to keep on fighting."

After watching Thursday's 45-24 loss to the New England Patriots, it would be difficult to disagree with either sentiment. Whether we heard it from the right messengers is a separate issue.

Williams, for one, has been a part of a really good defensive line this year, but he committed another two encroachment penalties Thursday, bringing his season total to nine. He has 10 penalties overall.

We'll hit this issue in more depth a bit later in our Free Head Exam. For now, let's take our post-Thanksgiving spin around the division: