You'd think, that after this many years of awfulness, that they would somehow turn it around. The Tigers did it. The Pistons and Red Wings did it. Michigan football did it, somewhat. And yet again, I'm saying "Maybe next year". I was saying "maybe next year" after week 5, basically, after that loss to Minnesota. How many consecutive times can the phrase "rebuilding year" be used? They get a new coach nearly every year and some players leave. They have some pretty decent athletes, but it just looks like they don't know how to play together as a team. Other than that, the O-line is terrible (injuries suck, but still), the run game without Kevin Jones is pitiful, the defense is shotty, and Kitna still throws more picks than TDs. When will they start consistently winning?! Ever? Or maybe they'll just move to Las Vegas or L.A. That would suck though...the Lions somehow manage to sell out every game, so there are 65,000 other fans out there who love watching them lose.
The Detroit Free Press reports that the Lions are targeting Philadelphia general manager Tom Heckert as a replacement for Matt Millen following this season.http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/story/NFL_SC-RUMOR
PLEASE! ANYONE BUT MILLEN!
The team won't leave Detroit for at least another 20 plus years. That stadium is fresh, and the lease is long. The franchise will remain.
If it ever did move, I'd require an ownership change before I accepted this club in Los Angeles.
Shame on Detroit for wearing those awful freaking Blue Lion helmets on Thanksgiving. However, until they gain a front office that understands football and finance, I hope they keep wearing that awful getup. When a better regime installs itself, then the best call is to switch back to the all-silver helmet and the darker shade of blue. That 'throwback' points to the last time the Lions mattered in football.
LOL, that fan, the image from the local paper . . . I just found another on Yahoo! Sports.
I could have been this fan, if I hadn't noticed that Mariucci began to sour on Harrington near the end of the 2004 season.
I don't think the Miami win streak extends past this week, but man, despite his mere above-averageness, he's not that bad.
I think it was Roy Williams who a few weeks ago said "We are the best 2-6 team in the NFL"!
Yeah...now he's on the best 2-9 team. Congrats to him.
Sadly enough, he was one of the few Lions who actually didn't have a problem with Harrington in 2005.
Roy has some Terrell Owens in him. Problem is, gesturing after first downs only looks decent when the team's doing well and winning most of their games.
The best part about Harrington's persona . . . he gave praise to the Lions coach, Marinelli. He stated that Marinelli was the right person to turn the culture around in Detroit.
If the Lions remove Millen and actually hired someone that wasn't as horrible, or worse (Dennis Green) . . . maybe Marinelli would be able to do something with Detroit.
But if you get Green you get those awesome post game speeches.
"THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE"!
It's the perpetuation of the throne of lies that gets to me.
Every year, there's actual talk of an improved team. The club is proud of their guys, and they're sure the team will do well.
Yet, in a sea of GB, MIN, if they were going to do well, they should get 4 wins, plus at least 1 on Chicago.
Right now, 2-9, and they couldn't be farther from the truth.
The throne of lies part gets to me.
that was pretty funny.
they put all the shit on Harrington last season, and now they are worse!
not that i'm in love with him or Miami, it's just kind of poetic justice in a way.
He's an above-average quarterback who has questionable accuracy and a penchant for at least one horrible interception a game. His completion rate is usually between 50 to 58 percent, likely, for his lifetime. He's coachable, and he's a positive personality, which of course is a drawback when it's a bad beat or a string of losses.
That being said, the state of Florida is probably madly in love with Culpepper. Harrington better milk this season and see if he can't be KC's next QB, or some other team with a quality receiver who needs a solid-enough QB for the next 2-3 years.
Meanwhile, Detroit will select Ted Ginn from Ohio State with their first pick next year.
when are they going to fire millen? when season ticket holders start abandoning the team in droves? (maybe that's already happening).
I know the Vikings are in danger of not selling out the next few games for the first time in a really long time. Of course, we have ol' crappy metrodome and Detroit has sparkling ford field.
the vikes are going to end up with a worse record than they did last year too.
Detroit loves sports. The morons will continue to buy tickets, and it is a nice place to see a game, and I think the suspicion is that Detroiters will still pay to see other teams romp on the Lions, even though the obvious desire would be to have the Lions being worth a damn.
right on. sometimes I wish this town was more like that. nah. the vikings bandwagon jumpers are numerous this year. especially since there's no star player on offense any longer.
having said that, it's gonna be a struggle to go to the last 3 games with my season tickets....
The only team I'd plunk for season tix, win or lose, is Pistons. That team's got a benevolent owner. The rest, meh.
You know what, I just went back on the NFL BTF Archive Time Clock, and I double-checked too on the NFL transactions sheet, and apparently I've been getting something backwards.
In my mind, I had Harrington being picked up by Miami before Culpepper.
Miami did the opposite, and I just realized it from your post back in March. I love how my mind flip-flops shit sometimes, all on its own.
In hindsight from this point, it's beginning to look like Miami was shrewd to scoop up Harrington in wake of taking a risk on Culpepper. I can only imagine Cleo Lemon and some other inexperienced QB helping Miami to a 1-15 season.