Let's Not Kid Ourselves, Detroit Lions Are Still Bleeding From Losses

Matt SCorrespondent ISeptember 28, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03:  Head coach Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions watches from the sidelines during action against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 3, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

With all due respect to Mitch Albom (and anyone else who may have used this analogy over the past 24 hours), the bleeding has not stopped for the Lions.

The wound of a winless season, nineteen straight losses, nine years without making the playoffs, seventeen years without a playoff win, and a fifty-two year championship drought does not heal with a single victory.

The hemorrhage caused by the losing streak may be healing, the loss of blood is now controlled and no longer immediately life threatening. But the wound still runs deep under the fresh layer of gauze and medical tape. It's out of sight for the time, but if you peel back that layer it's still painful to look at, and it still stings when you touch it.

The only way the Lions can truly heal the wound is winning.

Respectability would likely cause the wound to scab over, a playoff appearance would leave only a scar. A playoff win would shrink that scar so that you have to squint in just the right light to see it, and only a Super Bowl win would make it disappear completely.

No, the Lions weren't wounded by a single winless season, and a single win didn't heal the wound, or even stop it from bleeding.

The Lions were wounded by decades of poor management, poor coaching, and even poorer play on the field.

For now, the life support has been removed and bandages have been applied, but drops of blood still stain the dressings from underneath. The only cure is time for it to heal.

Time, and fresh bandages every Sunday.

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