NFL: Detroit's 'Silver Crush' Among 5 Units That Still Need a Good Nickname

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NFL: Detroit's 'Silver Crush' Among 5 Units That Still Need a Good Nickname
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Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz recently asked Twitter-verse to nickname his souped-up D-line, comprised of Ndamukong Suh, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Cliff Avril and now Nick Fairley. Eventually the moniker “Silver Crush” was settled upon out of a flurry of submissions.

The legendary Matthew J Darnell makes the valid point, however, that with all the great offensive and defensive units in the NFL history, like the Hogs or the Purple People Eaters, “they were great first, and then they got the nickname.” In other words, nicknames are earned, not handed out like Halloween candy. These four have yet to play a down together.

But that’s so…old-fashioned. [Hear: sarcasm] If we’ve learned anything from today’s world, it’s that it’s never “too soon” for anything. We’re attuned to a good gun jumping. We’re already discussing Andrew Luck’s position in the 2012 draft. Someday, I fully expect my kids to see Christmas lights go up before Halloween. We’re impatient creatures.

I bet you can’t wait for me to stop explaining the point of this article.

Fine! Without further ado, here are other nicknames for groups that have absolutely not earned the right to a nickname...or maybe they have one already and now I'm coming up with another and you can just relax about it…or maybe I should start the slideshow already.... 

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