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Monday, October 1, 2012
BBAO: Lions special teams coordinator safe

By Kevin Seifert

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- We had two wild games Sunday in the NFC North and we're still not done with Week 4 yet. It won't be over until the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys play on ESPN's "Monday Night Football," and we have a ton to get to before that 8:30 p.m. ET kickoff.

The Minnesota Vikings are the darlings of the NFL at 3-1 and the Green Bay Packers might have saved their season with a one-point victory over the New Orleans Saints. But we'll start with a question many of you tweeted my way after the Detroit Lions became the first team in NFL history to allow a punt and kickoff to be returned for touchdowns in consecutive games: Will special teams coordinator Danny Crossman be fired?

It's rare when NFL teams make in-season changes with full-time assistant coaches. (This is not the University of Wisconsin, after all.) And Lions coach Jim Schwartz was quick to respond Sunday when asked about Crossman's status.

"No," Schwartz said. "That's not a consideration."

He didn't rule it out as a matter of course but suggested the Lions' issues rested with players rather than coaching.

"If we were getting out-schemed, if we were making continual mistakes," he said. "There are physical plays that we have to make and we're professional athletes. We have to make them."

Suffice it to say, the Lions enter their bye week with plenty to think about.

Let's take our morning tour around the division: