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Notes: Should former Lions coach Buddy Parker be in the Hall of Fame?

New rules for selecting coaches could make it happen.

1953 NFL Championship Game - Cleveland Browns v Detroit Lions Photo by George Gelatly/Getty Images

Talk of Fame Network’s Clark Judge, who is himself a Hall of Fame voter and writer with a longstanding interest in head coaches, believes a Lions head coach who won multiple NFL titles deserves a better look at getting into Canton. Changes approved last Friday to Hall of Fame bylaws granting coaches their own category for induction consideration over the next four years mean that retired coaches are not restricted to competing head-to-head against former players for one of the usual limited Modern-Era nominee spots in an incoming Hall of Fame selection process.

According to Judge from last week: “Under the new guidelines, in addition to five modern-era inductees the Hall will elect no more than one senior, one contributor and one coach per year from 2021-24. Then, after four years, that process will be revisited.”

While coaches are still ineligible for the permanent “Contributor” category, the change reported by Judge gets around the limitation on the Senior (players whose active careers have been over for more than 25 years) and Contributor (recognized for reasons other than playing or coaching) processes excluding coaches.

Younger fans may not recognize the name, but Buddy Parker led the Lions to back-to-back championships in 1952 and 1953, and held the distinction of most dramatic preseason resignation in Detroit for more than four decades. Alex Karras made it into the Hall this year on expanded rules meant to rectify obvious slights; one of the most successful coaches in the franchise’s history, maybe it’s time for Buddy Parker to get his shot?

And now, on to the rest of today’s Notes:

  • Included in the media session with Marvin Jones Jr. yesterday on Zoom was his tale of taking a plane to Oregon to pick up a new dog for his family. Kyle Meinke from MLive, who asked the question, has the full story.

  • Sad news here:

  • Much of the Detroit Free Press is now only available to subscribers, but if you happen to be one this seems like it would be a cool story to read (subscription required):