By Jeff Risdon
The Lions heard the boos cascading down from the fans Monday night. It was hard to avoid the cacophony of negativity in Ford Field as the Lions embarrassed themselves in the 48-17 spanking by the lightly regarded New York Jets.
Wide receiver Golden Tate addressed the booing when he met with the media on Thursday. And he said he appreciated the passion and disappointment.
“I definitely understand it, and I specifically understand it in Detroit,” Tate said. “Being here for five years and just knowing the history of the Detroit Lions, I definitely understand it. Our fans get so excited each year and have so much confidence in us that we’re going to win our division, go to the playoffs, win a playoff game, despite what history says. And we definitely appreciate that.”
Tate acknowledged his own poor play, including two dropped passes and a missed block on Theo Riddick’s red zone run which got trampled asunder. He did catch seven passes, one for the team’s only offensive touchdown.
The prolific wideout followed it up with an upbeat message for the long-suffering fans:
“I understand the disappointment. I’d just say: Don’t give up on us...