Lions' Off-Field Problems Continue

CineSport—Aaron Berry became the fourth Lions player to be arrested in the sixth different incident of the offseason. What's wrong in Detroit? CineSport's Brian Clark asks Sporting News' Clifton Brown.

Things continue to go from bad to worse for the Detroit Lions. Almost a week after Head Coach Jim Schwartz said to stay safe and out of trouble before training camp began, CB Aaron Berry was arrested for driving under the influence in Pennsylvania.

This is just the latest instance in a string of mishaps from Lions players. DT Nick Fairley and RB Mikel LeShoure have both been arrested twice and OT Johnny Culbreath once, all for possession of marijuana.

The Lions are starting to look like the Cincinnati Bengals from the early 2000s. Perhaps it’s a jungle cat issue?

Not only do the Lions have off-field issues to worry about, last season they had some on-field issues as well. DT Ndamukong Suh stomping on the leg of a Packers player was one. But one of the bigger issues the Lions had was the health of their players.

RB Jahvid Best was out for the season with his third concussion. RB Jerome Harrison was placed on the reserve/non-injury list after a failed physical that showed a brain tumor. It’s hard to believe that team doctors really didn’t know about Harrison’s brain tumor. That’s kind of a big deal.

Lions GM Martin Mayhew has been at the helm since 2008, and there seem to be underlying organization-wide issues still in existence that date back to before his tenure. He has to clean up the mess that was left by his predecessor Matt Millen while he tries to build a contender.

Mayhew has had very respectable drafts, but it seems that the Lions can’t keep these guys on the field and out of trouble.

Is this the Matt Millen effect? Is all of this his fault? This team made the playoffs in 2011, but certainly had more questions than answers and from an organizational perspective, seems to be in shambles.

It is safe to say that something has gone awry in the Motor City. The organization as a whole needs to correct past transgressions and not fall back into the traps left by former front office employees, players and medical staffers.

It has been three seasons since Mayhew took over, and it’s time for him and his staff to put the mistakes of the Matt Millen Era behind them and turn the Lions back into a contender.

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