LIONS INSIDER

Both Schwartz and Whisenhunt trying to keep focus on the next week and the next opponent

Posted Dec 12, 2012

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz and Cardinals head man Ken Whisenhunt sound like they've shared a few notes over the past few weeks when asked how their respective teams got to this point.

The Lions (4-9) head to the desert on Sunday to face the Cardinals (4-9) in a matchup of two teams who've lost a combined 14 games in a row.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz and Cardinals head man Ken Whisenhunt sound like they've shared a few notes over the past few weeks when asked how their respective teams got to this point.

"Well, gosh. It's been a lot of things, whether it's injuries or different players in different spots," Whisenhunt said in a conference call this week. "We've had breakdowns at certain times. We've been close in a lot of games and just haven't been able to pull them out. Basically, we haven't made the plays when we've had the chances to do that."

That one sounds familiar.

It's some of the same issues that have plagued the Lions this season. Injuries at key positions on both sides of the football and the inability to make critical plays late in games are the top two for the Lions.

"We've turned the ball over in critical situations offensively," Whisenhunt said. "Haven't scored enough points. There's all kinds of things. We just haven't been enough in sync."

If there's one message that both Whisenhunt and Schwartz have tried to press upon their players through these losing streaks, though, is that the NFL is a week-to-week business. There's always another opponent and a chance to turn it around.

Whisenhunt might have the harder job convincing his team of that fact coming off nine consecutive losses, including a 58-0 loss to Seattle last week.

"Our team has done a great job of putting it behind them week-to-week. Not so much focusing on (losing nine straight) and the negativity of that, but trying to get ready for the next opponent," Whisenhunt said.

"You know, it's not fun, it's not easy in the league when it's like this, but they'll be ready to go. Hopefully we'll play well."

Schwartz is hoping for the same thing from his Lions, who have lost five straight and are looking to right the ship.

"Come out, come back to work, go work hard to get a win against the Arizona Cardinals," Schwartz said. "This is a week-to-week business in a lot of different ways and it's the only thing we can concentrate on right now."