Hire, Fire and Repeat

#OnePride
11/28/20
Chris Robin https://twitter.com/DetroitBeastie

Hire, fire and repeat. That’s been the normal process as a Detroit Lions head coach for quite some time now. I love the city of Detroit. I love the Detroit Lions but when does it end? How does it end?

13-29-1 is an awful way to start your head coaching career.

I take great pride in my work. I also admire those who can sit down and write a reactionary piece in a short amount of time. A lot goes into the idea! Being able to organize your thoughts in real time as you write them down is special. Letting the thought move down your arms into your hands as you type is special!

As a lifelong Detroiter and dedicated Lions fan I’ve always put off writing about the Lions. What I have in my mind and my heart would never truly be discussed to the level it deserves. I would never be able to get it all out in an effective manner. Until now.

Unless I’m wrong the Detroit Lions have always been the lovable loser. Or a trendy pick each season on a per game basis. Now, the industry just shy’s away from mentioning them. You know why? The Detroit Lions are all consuming. They eat up the joy you have. They stifle any fun you’re having. They chew you up and spit you out.

Look, I know what you’re thinking. It’s just football! Do I have to be so dramatic? Yes, absolutely yes. Nobody on earth chooses to be a Detroit Lions fan! You’re either born into it or you’re wrong. The Lions are in the fabric of every piece of this city. The Honolulu blue and silver runs through our veins. Not only is it about actual football it’s about the pride of Detroit as a city. A city that’s been beat down, made fun of and dragged though the mud. Being from the city and being a Detroit Lions fan goes hand in hand.

Yet each season the optimistic undertones of a good draft, good OTA’s and a good preseason clouds our judgment. “This is the year!” is shouted from the mountain tops! “It’s going to be different this season, I know it!” is a popular phrase. Yet every season they make a sucker out of us. To make it worse, the front office and coaching staff walk around like they don’t have a care in the world. Which only upsets the city more.

Detroit, Michigan

Detroit has long been labeled a blue collar city. Also hard working, resilient and strong! We will not bend. We will not break. We wake up every morning punch a clock and provide for our families. There is without a doubt a direct correlation between the people of Detroit and the Lions.

In any kind of relationship both side have to contribute equally. Or one side picking up the slack when the other falters. The Detroit Lions haven’t lived up to their end of the bargain. Detroit has picked them up time and time again. Detroit has shown great pride in the Lions. Detroit has made excuse after excuse for the Lions. All we want is for the Detroit Lions to live up to their end of the bargain. Show us you care. Show us you love us. Until that disconnect is vanquished it’s going to be a tough relationship.

Hire, fire and repeat. So here we are again. Another head coach fired. Another general manager fired. Where does that leave us now? I can’t speak for you but I know where I stand. I remain on the optimistic side. I remain eternal optimistic if I may say. This is the city I was born in. This is the city I grew up in. The Detroit Lions are part of my DNA. I will never waver. I will never falter.

I am now and will always be part of #OnePride.

Ford Field in Detroit

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Detroit Lions, a Birthright

Detroit Lions, a Birthright
8/22/20
Chris Robin https://twitter.com/DetroitBeastie

The Detroit Lions. Where do I start? How can I tone this down and keep it classy? Being classy isn’t the problem, toning it down is!

I’ve racked my brain for ideas. In turn keeping this fresh and new. While the Lions are never fresh or new. It’s the same recycled nonsense every season. As a life long Detroiter and Lions fan safe to say I’ve seen it all.

So let’s fast forward to the 2020 season. Once again the spring and summer is littered with the same buzz words and optimistic tones. “Matthew Stafford looks good!” Or how about this one, “The Lions rookie running back is strong and making an impression on his coaches!” I can set my watch by these comments and lazy observations.

“The defensive coordinator is excited about the young athletic core!” Yeah I know, we get it. To me, its just a copy and paste job. The city of Detroit has remained apologetically behind this organization through thick and thin. Almost to the point where it becomes harmful. Ownership seemingly doesn’t care, they plug and play the same mediocre talent year in and year out. After a certain point during the season the coaching staff settles for, “that was fine.” or, “that is good enough!” While the city and it’s fanfare are clamoring for change.

The definition of insanity, as I’ve understood it, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The Lions should have that hanging in their locker room. On a plaque they can slap above the locker room door as they take the field.

You might ask yourself, “Geeze this Chris guy such is a jerk!” or even think, “Is this guy even a fan of the Detroit Lions?” Let me answer these self imposed questions for you. I love my city so much! To a point where it hurts. I’d give anything to see the city of Detroit succeed. I will never apologize for being from Detroit. I will never apologize for loving the Detroit Lions.

The city of Detroit has made me Chris. It’s taught me lessons, it’s showed me respect and it’s shaped me. So when asked to briefly give my opinion on the Lions 2020 outlook one thing was clear. It’s not about the 2020 season. It’s about a lifetime commitment to the city of Detroit and a decision to support the Lions at all times. Being passionate about sports and the Lions wasn’t a decision I made. It’s a birth right here in the city.

So to answer the question and give my opinions on the 2020 Detroit Lions, regardless of their record at seasons end I will be here. I will be here wearing my Lions hat and Lions hoodie supporting them every step of the way!

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