4. Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions are one of the more unfortunate stories in the NFL. A team from one of the United States’ once great cities with some of the best players to ever play the game like Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson, just to name a couple, has struggled to win consistently for the entirety of its existence.
Probably the most glaring fact about the franchise isn’t it’s inconsistency of winning, it’s the complete lack of it. Since 1960, they have only made the playoffs 12 times. Even more stomach churning, they only have a single playoff win on their resume and at this point that was almost 30 years ago.
Add in that they were the first and now one of only two teams in NFL history to go an entire season without winning a game, and you get the picture. The Detroit Lions have a continuously building resume chock-full of losing. They’ve had a number of coaches at the peak of their profession who have attempted to fix the problem and not a single one has succeeded.
That last sentiment is mainly why this is not an appealing job. In truth, the only reason this job would appeal to anyone is Matt Stafford. Stafford is the victim of a completely hapless franchise, and his production makes that clear.
Every 16 games Stafford has thrown for an average of 4,398 yards, 27 touchdowns, and only 14 interceptions. In his best season he threw for 5,038 yards, 41 touchdowns and only 16 interceptions.
Stafford is in his 12th season, but at the age of 32 it’s possible he still has five to seven years where he can play at a high level. He’s not a terrible stone on which to build a team, especially for an offensive coach.
The Detroit Lions have a history of failure, but it has to end sometime. An offensive mind like Eric Bieniemy’s might be just the key to doing that.