Although Detroit currently sits two games out of first place in the NFC North after four weeks of football, Lions president told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday that he is not concerned about the team's slow start.
"As I stand here before you today at 1-3, it doesn’t faze us," Lewand said. "This is not where we expected to be one quarter of the way into the 2012 NFL season. But we also know it’s a different 1-3 than we’ve experienced in the past."
The Lions have now dropped three consecutive games after beating St. Louis to open the season, and had a viable chance to either tie or win in the fourth quarter of every loss on their record. For an organization that has been dealt blowout losses left and right over the years, it's hard to nitpick having three losses by a combined 18 points.
Even so, for a team desperate to make another trip to the postseason, a 1-3 record at this point means a serious uphill battle over the final three quarters of the season. Detroit is scheduled to come out of their Week 5 bye with two extremely difficult road games against Philadelphia and Chicago, and will need to play much better on both sides of the ball in order to reward Lewand's optimism.