Aaron Berry was arrested over the weekend on three charges of simple assault. Allegedly, pointing a firearm at a group of people from inside a vehicle. This is his second arrest this off-season and in the last month. He has two of the seven arrests associated with his ball club the Detroit Lions before training camp has even started.
What should Detroit do with Berry and perhaps the bigger question how do they turn around an obvious issue with discipline and culture within the organization?
Thayse- The most challenging decision a business owner ever has to make is in regards to an employee who falls in the quadrant of Good Performance/Bad Behavior. A non performer is much easier to let go of, but when you depend on a person to contribute to your team's success it's not always that simple. Transition this into the Detroit Lion's roster and obvious off the field issues. Some people may say that the attitude they brought to the field last year had much to do with the 9-7 record and first post season appearance in over a decade. Truth be told, there is a significant difference between playing with a chip on your shoulder and making bone headed mistakes on and off the field that can eventually cost you victories and potentially tear a team apart. Look at the last couple years of teams to make the super bowl and especially those that win it. These are teams with a work hard culture that is quick to dispose those who don't fit the mold. I honestly believe Detroit should make a hard example of Berry here and the leadership they so desperately need has to come from the top. Then hopefully they can identify some leaders in the locker room to step up and take control of this young but talented team. If not, it could mean another drought for far longer than Detroit fans care to wait.
Zeus- I think that the Lions organization needs to cut ties with Berry not only because he has proven not to be trustworthy, but to say that this type of behavior is not allowed. Jim Schwartz and company needs to send a message to the players, league, and fans that the franchise is above this and it is not accepted. That being said, I think that this has an impact on fantasy football. Berry was not one of the Lions staples on defense, but he did contribute. When looking at all of the off-season problems this team has had, I think that you have to take a peak at the schedule in 2012 and give every offensive player that plays the Lions a slight bump in your head. I am not saying to move them drastically up your draft board, but just keep it in your mind that they may have several players that could be suspended or cut because of off the field issues. Especially look at players in the NFC North since they play them twice a season. Yes, they drafted to shore up the defensive backfield, but remember if one of those guys take over guys like Berry's role they are young and inexperienced in the NFL. This unit ranked 22nd in the NFL against the pass in 2011, I think we can expect to see a similar result this year so just keep that info as food for thought when drafting.