The Detroit Lions followed up their first playoff appearance in more than a decade by reverting back to their old ways and going 4-12 in 2012. Now one has to wonder if last year was an aberration or if 2011 was really a fluke. Sure, the Lions appeared to complete the rebuilding process by making it to the playoffs, but they erased all of the optimism surrounding the franchise with what happened last season.

If you ask Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, 2012 was a fluke, not 2011. He thinks talent is there for the Lions, which couldn't really be said when he took over the team back in 2009. That's why he doesn't think it's accurate to say the Lions are now rebuilding. He believes they have a core group of players in place, meaning they are reloading rather than blowing things up and starting over. From the Free Press:

"I wouldn’t call it rebuilding," Schwartz said Thursday. "There’s been a lot of other words used for it: 'reloading,' whatever you want to call it. But when you say 'rebuilding,' it sounds like you’re starting from the ground up."