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Thursday open thread: What was the best Lions roster of the last decade?

Which team was the best?

NFL: JAN 04 NFC Wild-Card - Lions at Cowboys Photo by Ray Carlin/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Unless something drastically changed during the bye week, the 2020 season appears to be another ho-hum year for the Lions.

Even before the season started you would have to quint pretty hard when looking across the Lions roster to see talent across the board. And now it seems to be rearing its ugly head.

We could discuss how Bob Quinn has built (or dismantled) this roster, but today I’d like to look at the positive. For that reason, here’s the question of the day:

What was the best Lions roster of the last decade?

My answer: 2014

Hindsight is truly is 20/20. Every regime has their warts, but looking back Martin Mayhew built himself one heck of a roster in 2014.

On offense, the Lions had Matthew Stafford, Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate leading the way. They also had Theo Riddick who was probably the best third-down back in the NFL that year.

But it was the defense that has me longing here.

What started under Jim Schwartz early in the decade continued here as the Lions built their defense to be dominant on the line of scrimmage. At this point, they still had Ndamukong Suh and Ezekiel Ansah in their prime.

And then add in DeAndre Levy, Glover Quin, and Darius Slay. If Stephen Tulloch hadn’t gotten hurt early in that season, it could have been even better.

The 2014 team wasn’t perfect. And they probably didn’t live up to their potential after losing to the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round. But it was by far the best roster the Lions have had in the last decade.

Your turn.

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