Peter King put out an article today over at SI.com that goes through teams, players, coaches and others in the NFL over the last decade. Rightfully so he names the Lions the worst team of the decade and this is what he had to say about them:
I don't disagree with calling my beloved Lions the worst team, they are what they are and I love them still. But to say the Lions ruined the reputations of those people mentioned in his article does irk me a little. Before Millen the Lions were OK, not great but not the dregs of the league either. They were consistently in the playoffs and only missed them by a field goal the year before he got there. Maybe Mornhinweg and Mariucci weren't given the fairest of chances but I also think most of their failure falls on them. Marinelli, as much as I liked him, brought in a bunch of his guys and seemed to regress as his tenure advanced. Out of the players listed, Harrington is the only one who didn't give up or screw up where the blame doesn't fall squarely on his shoulders. Maybe I'm wrong but I feel like all of those listed helped to ruin the Lions more than the other way around. You cna read the whole article at the link below.
WORST FRANCHISE: Detroit Lions
They had one winning season -- 9-7, in 2000. Since then, in nine seasons, the Lions have won 33 games and ruined the reputations of four football men (Matt Millen, Marty Mornhinweg, Steve Mariucci and Rod Marinelli), one piano-playing quarterback (Joey Harrington) and three receivers (Charles Rogers, Roy Williams and Mike Williams).