Who would have thought that the Detroit Lions after 10 games would be sitting at the top of the NFC North Division tied with the Minnesota Vikings at 6-4. The Lions have been in all of their games this season, with all being decided by seven points or less. They have been behind in the fourth quarter of all their games and QB Matthew Stafford has become the new NFL’s version of Captain Comeback. In addition the defense has come up with some big plays down the stretch to preserve victories.
They are doing this with a running game that is virtually non-existent. In Sunday’s game with Jacksonville, the Lions managed fourteen yards rushing. The defense has less than stellar statistics also. They rank near bottom in all defensive categories. I guess the saying “sometimes it’s better to lucky than good” comes into play here. There’s still a lot of football left to be played against some good teams (Minnesota at home and the Cowboys and Giants on the road). Are we talking playoffs yet? We will see!!
There would be a very good discussion about who was the greatest running back of all time in the NFL. There would be some names mentioned in that discussion; Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Gale Sayers, O.J. Simpson, Eric Dickerson, just to name a few and each could be considered as the greatest. However, in my humble opinion, that title is reserved for one man…..Jim Brown.
Jim Brown dominated everybody. Over the course of his nine seasons, Brown ran over, through, and around people for 12,312 rushing yards and 106 touchdowns on the ground. At 29, he shocked the world and retired from the game of football in his prime. Brown simply had nothing else left to prove, having already qualified as the record holder of every significant rushing mark in the books.
Although Brown has since been surpassed by Emmitt Smith and Payton in the record books, neither back can touch his remarkable 5.2-yard-per-carry average. As the perfect complement of size and speed, Brown put up video-game-like numbers in the era of the phonograph and turntable. With the exception of 1962, Brown led the NFL in rushing every year between ’57 and ’65. In 1963, he torched defenses for 1,863 rushing yards on only 291 carries, which translates into a 6.4-yard-per-carry average. I would go further and say that he would be just as dominating a player in today’s game as he was then.
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The #Detroit Lions are so far gone as a football team, it’s pathetic. They have a bye this week and have been pretty much out of the lime life this week after the firings of Martin Mayhew and Tom Leland earlier this week. At mid season, it’s clear that the only thing concerning Lion fans is how far down they will go this season and who will be chosen to run the organization for the upcoming NFL Draft. Will they win another game this year? Who knows; Looking at the remainder of their schedule, they still have three division games (two with Green Bay and at Chicago), home games with Oakland, Philadelphia and San Fransisco and road games with New Orleans and St.Louis. I don’t know how many victories anyone can see out of this; I don’t see any wins out of this. So, the LIONS ARE ON THE CLOCK!!
It’s about time the Fords did something. The long time Lion fans deserve a team that is a consistent winner and contender for a championship. There are no other fans deserving more of a competitive football team than the Lion fans. Finally the holdovers from the Matt Millen regime are gone…..We all know how Millen managed to disguise himself as a GM for years. Think of this: the Lions are one of four NFL teams who have never appeared in a Super Bowl! The other teams being the Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars. This is really pathetic considering the other three teams are basically expansion teams and the Lions are one of the charter members of the NFL.
Mrs. Ford, it’s time.Time to sell this team to someone who isn’t afraid to rip the organization apart.It’s not your fault. I’m told you are an energetic, tough woman who holds people accountable. That’s great, but turning this franchise around is a lot to ask of a rookie owner. You should be enjoying your life, not stressing over an embarrassing football team.The Detroit Lions are pathetic, and there is no hope in sight. The 45-10 loss in London was just the latest disaster. This team seems more hopeless than the one that went winless in 2008. It’s pretty obvious by their performance on the field that the players are disheartened and the firing of three coaches only caused more chaos.
The Ford family has owned this team for over 50 years and there has been no NFL championship to speak of or a consistent contender for a championship during that time span. Consider this, the Lions were a NFL power during the 1950’s, playing in four championship games, winning in 1952 and 1953, losing in 1954 and winning again in 1957. That’s three championships in six years! They had a Hall of Fame quarterback in Bobby Layne during that time, but after he was injured in the championship season of 1957, the team thought he was done as a player and traded him to Pittsburgh. Layne said as he was leaving town that the Lions “would not win for 50 years”. How prophetic his words have turned out to be as the Lions have won only one playoff game since then; beating the Dallas Cowboys in 1991. This drought has been called the “Curse of Bobby Layne”. Few could argue that point since the Lions haven’t won consistently and haven’t had a winning quarterback since Layne. I don’t believe there any more loyal fans of pro sports team than the Lions. The fans here have clamored for a winning team it seems for a lifetime. I think it’s time to reward those loyal fans with a winner. Fans have already started to wear bags over their heads in protest, next thing to happen will be invisible fans in the seats at Ford Field.