In the first article of this series we looked at how staying the course sounds good, but may not make sense when you are having serious problems. This article will start pointing more directly at how we can solve some of the problems with the team. I have chosen accountability for the second part of the series because it flows naturally from our discussion about staying the course.

One of the things that really irritates me about the way the Detroit Lions are coached and managed is that players are allowed to act poorly and perform poorly over a long period of time before they are benched by the coaches. It is almost like the coaching staff has no concept of discipline or accountability.

I believe this all started after the handshake incident between Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh. That moment seems to have been a turning point in the relationship between Schwartz and his players. It exposed Schwartz as a coach that lets his emotions rule his actions to the point where poor decisions are made, and the players followed his example. The remainder of the 2011 season was marred by repeated mental mistakes and lapses in discipline by the Lions. Schwartz has since reinforced his reputation as an emotional decision maker by throwing the challenge flag on a non-reviewable play against the Houston Texans that was instrumental in the Lions losing the game. These incidents have made it much harder for Schwartz to discipline players for similar plays where emotional decisions have led to serious mistakes.