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Detroit Lions Wide Receiver

Charles Barkley Is Right

We Choked Big Time

1/3/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Charles Barkley
wasn't far off the mark when he said the Detroit Lions "have no idea how to play football" ... this according to an actual Detroit Lion, who tells TMZ Sports, the team has LOTS of work to do after failing to make the playoffs.

Wide Receiver Nate Burleson tells us, "I can't blast Charles. To a large degree, I agree with him."

In case you missed it, Charles went OFF on the "Rich Eisen Podcast" today, saying, "The Detroit Lions would be the perfect example of a team that's got a bunch of talent that don't have no clue, any clue, how to play football."

But while Burleson sees where Charles is coming from, he still thinks the man's blowing things out of proportion. "Saying we have no idea how to play football is quite exaggerated. No clue and no consistency are different. You don't make it to this level without knowing how to play the game."

We also asked Burleson if he believes his recently fired coach Jim Schwartz deserves some blame for the Lion's disastrous season, but Burleson says no -- "It's on the players. We made bad decisions on the football field."

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Unbroken Chain    

Well my Miami Dolphins choked even worse so IDC.

271 days ago

James R. - Los Angeles    

The Lions couldn't make it to a Superbowl even if they had a ticket.

271 days ago

Hot Dumb Italian Mike    

I only care about the P. Steelers!! But Sir Charles does have a. bad habit of talking out of his ass!

271 days ago


This the same dude who broke his arm grabbing pizza in a truck. Cause his cheap ass didn't want to clean it up.

271 days ago


I wish the Lions could get it together and have a really stellar year.

271 days ago


The Lions are TURRABEL!

271 days ago


Detroit Lions- they always find a way to lose. They'll break your heart every time.

271 days ago

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