Yes...........they can't handle criticism and to me it seems like they will not allow dissent to their own peril. If the Lions had the 8th or 10th best defense and Diggs complained, that would be one thing, but the numbers completely back what Diggs was saying and they didn't want to hear it - so instead of listening to a team leader and captain, they bounced him out of the lockerroom - and from what I have been led to believe, Diggs was one of the most respected and popular guys in the room. Maybe you can do that when you are Belichick, but these guys seem to think just because they worked for him they have the same clout and it will probably, hopefully be their demise. Trading Diggs for standing up for the secondary is like the Wings trading a really good player (Garry Unger) away for refusing to get a haircut (true story).
I think anything under 3 years is kind of unfair, but this was a 9-7 team when they took it over - it didn't need to be rebuilt. If Caldwell was only a little bit better at in-game decisions, they probably make the playoffs 3 out of his 4 years. It was honestly only a few players from being a real contender and they have blown it up and what makes it worse is that stupid "9-7 isn't good enough" comment. I think we've been around long enough to see when something is a total disaster and this is pretty close, and it's a lot like what happened with Millen & Morningwheg. The team they took over was a 54 yard field goal away from the playoffs and they completely obliterated it and this feels very similar..........why wait? Millen & Morningwheg were just as arrogant too. Arrogance only works when you have something to back it up. If the Fords can't see that, then they are more hopeless than any of us thought.