LIONS INSIDER

Burleson: 'We're the ones that nobody wants to see succeed. And we like it that way.'

Posted Oct 15, 2012

Burleson thinks maybe some of the issues the Lions had this offseason with discipline and being labeled as an immature team and the resulting pressure put on players to "tighten up" might have extended to the playing field early on this season.

While preparing for the Eagles last week, head coach Jim Schwartz reminded his team to have a little fun while playing the game.

"It's hard to have a whole lot of fun when you're losing, but yeah I think it is a game meant to be played with emotion," Schwartz said. "That was one of the things going in when we were 1-3, it's like look: we're a top 10 offense; we're a top 10 defense. Let's start acting like it a little bit."

Receiver Nate Burleson said the message hit home for a lot of players, including himself.

"Jim started and all the coaches followed suit," Burleson said. "Just kind of having us remember that this is a game and we can enjoy it. Last year, it seemed like there were a lot more smiles on game day."

Burleson thinks maybe some of the issues the Lions had this offseason with discipline and being labeled as an immature team and the resulting pressure put on players to "tighten up" might have extended to the playing field early on this season.

"We had a lot of discipline issues in the offseason," Burleson said. "We wanted to tighten up because the perception of this organization started to change. What we worked for was getting torn down and we wanted to be more of a mature team. Finding that maturity off the field can't compromise who we are on the field. And who we are on the field are the bad guys. We are the (jerks). We're the ones that nobody wants to see succeed. And we like it that way. We play better that way.

"I think everybody took it in their own hands to be better men off the field. That followed us a little bit on the field. I think we're back where we need to be.

"We had a party. A party on the field and then a party in the locker room. That's what it's about. We play better angry on the field and (we're) happy with our results."

The result was a 26-23 win against the Eagles Sunday and a victory that might have just saved their season.