I'm probably the only person here that still thinks the Lions will win a game this year. I'm probably wrong... as usual. But this is the NFL and teams just don't go winless outside of expansion - and even then it's a long shot. I'm just having a tough time believing that this is the worst team in the history of the NFL! I know, they're bad. I mean not just bad, but downright awful. Like that once-in-a-decade kind of awful. But THE WORST TEAM IN THE HISTORY OF THE FREAKIN' NFL? C'mon! I just don't want that hanging over the legacy of this team (what little we have) on top of all the other negativity that constantly surrounds it. To take a page out of Marinelli's book, the further we get from the light in the tunnel, the farther we have to go to get back to it.
If this team can win one - just one game - it will just be another in a long line of bad 1-15 teams. You know, the ones that are talked about from time-to-time, but ultimately forgotten. But if they do go winless, heaven help us. The media onslaught will crush what's left of the minute amount of spirit that surrounds the fans and players and it will be years before we dig ourselves out of the rubble. With the Detroit economy in such bad shape, the Lions and Fords cannot afford the barrage of bad publicity that would come with 0-16. Think about it. The loss in revenue will usher in more cost cutting. This means looking for cheaper candidates for GM, coaches and ultimately players. Yes, there is a large salary cap next year, but the Fords don't have to use it all... and probably won't.
My theory here goes something like this... As the players get closer to realizing that 0-16 is a reality, panic will set in. They will realize that they are on the verge of something historically horrific that no player wants to be a part of nor wants on his resume. Try finding a job after being the worst at something. I'm a finance analyst. If my company fired me and told my competitors that I was a part of the worst finance department, not only in the history of the company, but the history of the entire industry that I worked in, do you think I'd find work again? Very, very doubtful. Yet, that's what each of these guys face. Their pride (what's left of it, if any) is on the line here. They will start playing harder. I understand that it takes more than effort to win and there is a severe talent difficiency on this team in case you haven't noticed. But every NFL team typically gets 2-3 wins every year simply out of effort. Even the Lions can get one.
I still feel like Detroit's win will come. Maybe at home against Tampa or Minnesota. Maybe it will be a surprise against Carolina or Green Bay on the road... who knows. I just can't believe that we are watching the worst of the worst in NFL history. Nothing good can come of 0-16. It won't put us in any better draft position. It won't give us an easier schedule next year. It will do nothing but further tarnish the increasingly putrid legacy of our beloved franchise. I've said that I think that Detroit will win a game, but it was the Jacksonville game that gave me my first real thoughts of 0-16 and the realization that my franchise might set the bar for futility in this great league. Boy, I wish I there was a rehab center for Blue Kool-Aid. I need desperately to get off the stuff.