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Lions are a messand they know it

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Lions are a messand they know it

DETROIT -- The Bears held on to defeat the Lions 26-24 at Ford Field, but didnt get the help they needed from the Packers -- who lost to the Vikings -- and will not make the playoffs. While the city of Chicago searches for answers, the people of Detroit also are left wondering how the Lions went from a 10-6 playoff team in 2011 to a 4-12 mess just a year later.
Its tough, Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch said. You feel like you were turning the corner as a franchise and for the people and for the city and the fans. Its frustrating to let down the guys in the locker room, but for me its more frustrating to let down the fans.
Lions guard Rob Sims couldnt wrap his head around his team's eight-game losing streak.
It does blow my mind, Sims told CSNChicago.com. Matthew Stafford was missing a lot of his weapons for a good part of that time. We couldnt fix it.
It seemed like the pile of Detroit losses was just starting to sink in for defensive end Cliff Avril.
Thats crazy, Avril said. To not have a won a game in two months is tough."
In Week 9, both the Lions and Bears had their biggest blowout wins of the year. Chicago crushed Tennessee by 31 to move to 7-1, while Detroit throttled Jacksonville by 17 , pushing their record to 4-4. The Bears would lose five of their next six games before getting things back on track with back-to-back wins to close out the regular season. The Lions, on the other hand, lost eight straight to finish a dismal 4-12.
In the end the Lions and the Bears just werent good enough this season. Whether a 10-win team that failed to make the playoffs or a four-win team that failed to make the playoffs, you are still on the outside looking in.
Is Schwartz the right fit in Detroit?
My opinion, Jim Schwartz is a real good mixture of being a smart coach and an emotional coach, Vanden Bosch said. I think he understands what players need and this year, for whatever reason, as a group we didnt respond the way we needed to.
There were conflicting job security reports on Schwartz prior to Sundays loss to the Bears, but afterwards his players seemed to still believe he was the right guy to lead them out of their recent slumber.
I think hes a great coach, Sims said. Hes an improving coach, I think well all band together. Once in a while you can hit a bump in the road.
Lions wide receiver Brian Robiskie, who had two catches for 30 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, summed everything up.
Last year we were in it, this year didnt go our way, he told CSNChicago.com. We know we have the pieces to make things work, we just have to get it turned around and get it going.
Melton is no clown to all Lions
Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton was named to the NFC Pro Bowl team earlier in the week and took some criticism from Lions center Dominic Raiola. While Raiola did not speak on the record following Sundays loss, one of his teammates on the offensive line chimed in.
I wouldnt say Melton is spectacular, but hes an emerging player, Sims told CSNChicago.com. I think what he gets he deserves. In the beginning of the week he was running his mouth a little bit too much and we didnt like that.
Better luck next year
So what does Avril think about the Packers and Vikings being at the top of the division and in the playoff discussion, while Detroit is not?
I dont care about them, Avril said. I want to win. I want to get to be one of those teams. It sucks that we werent a part of it.
I think thats something all fans of non-playoff teams, in the Motor City or the Windy City, can agree on.

ICYMI: Wendell Carter Jr. out 8-12 weeks; Corey Crawford returns to the ice; Kris Bryant angers Cardinal Nation;

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ICYMI: Wendell Carter Jr. out 8-12 weeks; Corey Crawford returns to the ice; Kris Bryant angers Cardinal Nation;

Wendell Carter Jr.'s rookie season might be over due to a thumb injury, Corey Crawford returned to the ice for the Blackhawks and Kris Bryant pissed off Cardinal Nation. Here's what you might have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:

Bulls

Wendell Carter Jr.'s rookie season appears to be over following news that the 19-year-old needs thumb surgery. Carter's season ends as an unknown, much like the rest of the Bulls' season.

Chicago-native Dwyane Wade played his final NBA game in Chicago on Saturday night, a 117-103 Heat win. It is impossible to tell the story of Wade's Hall of Fame career without including Chicago.

No player was happier to return to Chicago from the Bulls' 0-5 West Coast trip than Kris Dunn, whose midrange game has disappeared.

Following their big loss to the Heat, Zach LaVine had telling comments about the state of the Bulls. Matt Peck, David Watson and John Sabine react to that and more on the latest Bulls Outsiders Podcast.

Blackhawks

The Blackhawks snapped a five-game losing streak on Sunday, taking down the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals 8-5. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each had a big game, tallying five points apiece.

In other positive news, Corey Crawford returned to the ice before practice on Saturday. Crawford has been in concussion protocol since Dec. 16.

Henri Jokiharju was a healthy scratch on Sunday, but the Blackhawks are pleased with the rookie defenseman's progression.

Cubs

At Cubs Convention on Friday, Theo Epstein said he does not think the Cubs are done making moves this winter. However, the Cubs president mentioned how adding to the bullpen is the main focus and insisted there is a lot of work happening behind the scenes.

Epstein also laid out what suspended shortstop Addison Russell has to do to return to the Cubs.

New Cubs bench coach Mark Loretta was happy in California. Then, the Cubs came calling; what does Loretta bring to the team in 2019?

Yu Darvish is ready for takeoff after making just eight starts in 2018, his debut campaign on the North Side.

Kris Bryant called St. Louis boring, and Cardinal Nation was not too happy about it.

David Kaplan and Kelly Crull talked with Joe Maddon, Theo Epstein, Kris Bryant and many more on Friday's edition of SportsTalk Live.

Other

The White Sox are reportedly discussing a trade with the Dodgers regarding outfielder Joc Pederson. Plus, the Manny Machado sweepstakes are getting kind of mysterious.

What should the Bears do with impending free agent safety Adrian Amos? If the team re-signs Amos, he will have a new defensive backs coach in 2019, as the Bears hired Deshea Townsend on Friday.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, multiple teams are interested in former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt. Bears head coach Matt Nagy did not shut down the possibility of adding Hunt at the team's end of season press conference last week.

 

Bryce Harper jokes that Tony Romo knows where outfielder will sign in free agency

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Bryce Harper jokes that Tony Romo knows where outfielder will sign in free agency

Is it possible that the best quarterback in Sunday’s AFC Championship was not on the field, but instead in the broadcast booth?

CBS analyst and former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was the talk of Sunday’s matchup between the Patriots and Chiefs. Romo consistently predicted plays before they happened, much to the delight and amazement of those watching the game on television.

MLB superstar Bryce Harper even chimed in on Twitter. Harper, who is still a free agent, jokingly tweeted that he called Romo to learn which team he will play for in 2019.

Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes delivered an instant-classic game on the field. However, Romo’s performance in the booth deserves recognition and should be remembered as well.

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