The Detroit Lions are really good this year.At 4-0, they have a great chance of making the playoffs for the first time this millennium.
Since winning the old NFL Championship Game in 1957, they’ve been one of the worst franchises in sports.
How bad have they been?
You might be surprised.
Detroit has only been to the playoffs nine times in the last 53 years.
They're 1-9 with their only win coming in 1991 against Dallas. The Lions were promptly killed 41-10 by Washington in the conference championship game the next week.
The last coach with a winning percentage over .500 with the Lions since 1957 was Joe Schmidt from 1967-1972.
That's a lot of poor coaching.
OK, it's probably unfair to say that the Lions' ineptitude is the reason legendary RB Barry Sanders retired.
But Sanders played his entire Hall of Fame career with Detroit and never got a chance to cement his legacy with a Super Bowl ring.
From 2002 to 2005, the Lions drafted Joey Harrington No. 3 overall, Charles Rogers No. 2 overall, Roy Williams No. 7 overall, and Mike Williams No. 10.
With the possible exception of R. Williams, those players are among the top-20 biggest NFL draft busts of the last 10 years.
Matt Millen is responsible for that infamous 2002-2005 draft stretch.
He was so bad, Lions fans started a protest movement to get him fired.
As long as they stay healthy, they should be looking at a playoff run and a chance to turn around the fate of the franchise.
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