No Lion; Detroit on The Right Path
Undoubtedly, in the Detroit Lions' run of modest success in the mid 90s, their loyal fans were infuriated with their consistent defeats upon their arrival in the playoffs. With talent such as Barry Sanders, Herman Moore, and yes, even Scott Mitchell (who incidentally is better than any quarterback currently wearing Honolulu blue), their frustration was understandable. Nevertheless, in a dark portion of their modern history which gave them Matt Millen, those were comparably glory days. Still, with Millen's removal several weeks ago, Martin Mayhew, has stepped in admirably in his absence. Mayhew orchestrated the trade of receiver Roy Williams, who in all due respect is a good player, for three picks, a first-rounder, a third-rounder and a sixth-rounder to the Dallas Cowboys. Obviously, those of us who have followed the NFL for a while, know that back in 1989, Dallas benefited from a comparable situation. At this time, Herschel Walker was traded to the Minnesota Vikings, for five players and six draft picks, many of which became crucial contributors in the Cowboys' dynastic run in the mid 90s. As for the Vikings, they were consistent playoff contenders in that span but could never make it over the top. Therefore, if Detroit handles this well (which obviously hasn't been among the franchise's strong points in recent seasons), they can build themselves into championship contenders. As Michael Lombardi of www.nationalfootballposthas stated, the Lions' key to success is finding a quarterback they can build around (perhaps this key signal-caller is current backup Drew Stanton, who knows?) and drafting quality offensive lineman. With that firm foundation in place and current stars, such as wideout Calvin Johnson, the Lions could really take off. If Mayhew does good work, Detroit may play as well as they look (Honolulu blue and silver is the coolest color scheme in all of sports). So, in closing while it's always GO BRONCOS for me, it would be nice to see the Lions matter again as well.
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