The Detroit Lions are a disappointing 1-3 entering their Week 5 bye, placing them in the cellar of the NFC North. The Lions have lost three games in a row since opening the season with a four-point win against St. Louis. The play of Detroit's special teams unit is a big part of the early season struggles, according to special teams coordinator Danny Crossman, via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press:
"I know that I have to get it done, whether it's personnel, whether it's what we're doing, how we're doing it.
"I'm a teacher. If you're a teacher, and half the kids are flunking your exams, you've got to find a way to teach the kids better. They're your kids. Teach them better. Find a way to get it done, and that's what I'm going to do."
Crossman's unit allowed both a punt and kick return for touchdowns in consecutive games, becoming the first team since at least 1940 to do so, in back-to-back losses to the Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings. Prior to coming to Detroit, Crossman held the same position with the Carolina Panthers and the Big Ten's Michigan State Spartans.