moochman wrote:I realize just how terrible the Lions are. Not that I didn't think so already, but watching good teams in the playoffs show the total lack of talent on our team. The only player I saw yesterday that was of Lions' caliber was TE and ex-Lions Marcus Pollard, who dropped everything thrown his way.
The Pack have a RB the Giants dumped and he looks better than anything the Lions have. The WRs, Burlesons, Engram, Hackett, Jennings, and even James Jones all looked better than any WR we have. The ran routes, caught passes, and even blocked downfield.
Not a first round pick in the bunch.
The blocking schemes, not the lines but the schemes themselves were cohesive. The run play designs had deception without taking time to develop. And the players executed the plays.
The Dlines on both sides tried hard right from the start, not just on occasional plays. They make other teams block honestly every down. The LBers made plays, and I don't mean Sims tackling people 5 yards downfield.
The secondary not only hit people and made tackles, but they covered people too.
The Lions are light years behind the Pack and losing ground folks. I was embarrassed to be a Lions fan just for watching skilled football. I don't know that there are any players on our sad sack team that would start in GB.
I was thinking the same exact thing Mooch
Mine quickly turned to more of a why can't we put things together enough to make a run like SD and NYG. I was sitting there watching the games thinking, wouldn't it be cool if my team was actually playing. It is lightyears now since the 1991-92 season, and I am starting to forget how much fun that was what a great feeling I had being at the Cowboy game (you know the one the only playoff win for the Lions in the last 50...51 years). Sitting there thinking about how much fun brought me back to your points Mooch about how far away we actually are from even sniffing that type of success. Going through all the teams that have made a Conference final since 1991-92 is amazing....especially seeing where some of those teams were around the 1991-92 season. Here are just a few, we all know how the story of some of the team being bad then good then bad during the Lions reign:
San Diego 2 times (in 1991 they were 4-12)
Carolina 3 times (they didn't even exist in 1991)
Jacksonville 2 times (they didn't even exist in 1991)
Atlanta 2 times (in 1990 they were 5-11)
Minnesota 2 times
St Louis 2 times (they wer 5-11 in 1990)
Tampa 2 times
Tennessee 2 times
Then you have the stories of the teams being a doormat for a while and now(or were recently) are the talk of the league:
Indianapolis 4 conference finals, while being 1-15 once and 3-13 twice since 1990
New England 6 conf. finals, while having 6 out of 7 ten loss seasons between 1989 and 1995
Philadelphia 4 conf finals, while going through the Peete/Hoying/Detmer/Pederson/Brister era in the mid to late 90's
Looking up that info just made me even more upset
I didn't look up the exact number, I'm too depresses now, but it looks like approx 1/2 the teams in the NFL have made multiple Conference finals since 1991 and the Lions have made none