The Detroit Lions returned to practice Wednesday and were trying their best to avoid talking about the elephant — or confused zebra — in the room after NFL officials called two late penalties that helped cost them a victory in Monday night’s 23-22 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
“It is what it is,” said defensive end Trey Flowers, who was called for illegal use of hands twice in the fourth quarter. “When that clock hits zero, it’s nothing you can do about it. So you’ve just got to put your energy toward something that’s going to be sustainable. And that’s the hard work that we put into this week and going into next week and then the week after that.
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“This season, it’s early in the season, we’ve got a long season. So if put our energy towards the things that we can control, then we’ll be where we want to be at the end of the day.”
Moving on. That was the mantra Wednesday, starting from coach Matt Patricia and filtering down through the entire locker room.
But Flowers did allow for the notion that the egregious and costly error on the officials’ part could serve as a sort of motivation.
“As far as extra fuel, it could be,” he said. “But it’s an opportunity that we have as a team to go out there together to go out through this week, work hard and prepare and go out there kind of get this bad taste out of our mouth.”
To prove his point of doing his best to achieve closure and move on to the daunting task of facing the hot Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Flowers didn’t accept as a form of apology NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent admitting the second illegal-use-of-hands penalty was a mistake.
“That means nothing,” Flowers said. “The score is still the same, so — and we still lost, so, you know, it is what it is.”
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Published at Wed, 16 Oct 2019 22:40:28 +0000