THE NFL’S NEXT GREAT DYNASTY?

When you hear the word dynasty, what do you think of?

The Steelers in the 1970s, the 49ers in the 1980s, the Cowboys in the 1990s, the Patriots in the 2000s?

It’s no question that the Patriots were the dynasty of the 2000s, but who will be the NFL’s next great dynasty.

Yes, these are all great NFL dynasties. But who will be the great dynasty of the 2010s?

The Detroit Lions. Yes, the Detroit Lions. They have al the tools in place to win 3 or more Super Bowls in the next 10 years.

In 2008, the Lions finished with an infamous 0-16 record. After that, I’ll bet no one thought someone would associate the words “Lions” and “Dynasty” in the same sentence for at least 50 years. After they lost their 16th game that year against the Packers, Lions’ broadcaster Dan Miller delivers the words that are etched forever in Lions’ history:

“Clock ticks down here in Green Bay. The Lions find themselves in a very familiar position. For 16 weeks, starting in Atlanta back in September, they took the field thinking this was gonna be their day. Sixteen times they were wrong, and now there are no Sundays left. By record, they are the worst team in league history.”

After finishing 0-16, I’ll bet no one would think to associate the words “Lions” and “Dynasty” in the same sentence.

After an 0-16 season, there was no hope in Detroit.

0-16. How on Earth are they going to turn into a .500 team let alone a dynasty in the next few years?

Answer: The NFL Draft.

In 2007, the Lions had drafted WR Calvin Johnson with the 2nd overall pick. During the next few seasons, the Lions worked on developing Johnson in to a star wide receiver. I think we can all say they did more than succeed at that.

But what’s a wide receiver without a quarterback? In 2009, the Lions, of course, had the 1st overall pick. With this, they selected quarterback Matthew Stafford, from Georgia. He got off to a slow start, but I think we can say that he picked up the pace pretty quickly in the coming years.

What’s a good offense without a good defense? In 2010, the Lions decided they had to beef up their defense. With the 2nd overall pick, they chose Ndamukong Suh, the standout defensive lineman from Nebraska. He was described simply as “a beast”, and quickly became the cornerstone of the Lions’ defense. They also selected

The chosen one: It was Matthew Stafford’s job to turn the Lions around after an 0-16 season. One could say he succeeded.

California running back Jahvid Best to bolster their lacking running game.

He was simply described as “a beast.”

Last year, they had trouble putting it all together.

They finished last in the NFC North with a 6-10 record, and brought a 26-game road losing streak midway through the season. Also, quarterback Matthew Stafford couldn’t seem to be able to stay healthy.

The Detroit Lions were lost and looking for answers.

Again, they turned to the draft.

This year, with the 13th overall pick, the Lions picked another standout defensive lineman. This time it was Nick Fairley, from Auburn, who is an amazing complement to Suh.

So far this year, the Lions have been nothing short of amazing.

They are 4-0. Calvin Johnson set an NFL record with 2 touchdowns in each of his first 4 games. Matthew Stafford is healthy for the first time, and is 3rd in the NFL with 11 touchdowns. Their defense is stringent, having given up an average of only 19 points per game (3rd in NFC). They boast the best defensive line in the league. With Ndamukong Suh, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Cliff Avril, and Nick Fairley on the verge of returning from injury, this line is not a “Steel Curtain,” but rather an “Iron Wall.”

With amazing catch after amazing catch, Calvin Johnson is making people forget the Lions of 2008.

The determination and resilience of this team is magical. Against the Minnesota Vikings, they were down 20-0 at halftime. In the second half, they were unbelievable, outscoring the Vikings 26-3 on their way to a 26-23 overtime victory for Detroit.

Their defense isn’t a “Steel Curtain,” it’s an “Iron Wall.”

The next week, against the Cowboys, the Lions were down 27-3 in the 3rd quarter in Dallas. All hope was surely lost for the Lions.

Just when you thought they were finished, they shocked the world. They came all the way back, outscoring Dallas 31-3 in the final 25 minutes of the game. This epic comeback included a touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson. Oh and by the way, Johnson was in triple-coverage. Just ridiculous.

The Lions are finally putting all their talent together, as they are 1 of only 2 undefeated teams left in the NFL. The other undefeated team: The defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

This Lions team, led by head coach Jim Schwartz, is finally making a name for itself, and with talent like Stafford, Johnson, Suh, Fairley, and Best, are prime to become the NFL’s next dynasty.

“This team is for real.”

Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson may just become the next Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. Ndamukong Suh might be the next “Mean” Joe Green. Jim Schwartz may just be the next Bill Walsh. The Detroit Lions may just

be the NFL’s next great dynasty.

After their final game of the 0-16 season, Lions broadcaster Dan Miller offered these words:

A whole new spirit: During an astounding comeback victory in Dallas, Lions’ safety Louis Delmas gets everyone excited about the 4-0 Lions.

“Zero and 16, those are the numbers that will forever be associated with the Detroit Lions.”

The Lions of today are making people forget those numbers.

By Sam Brief

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19 thoughts on “THE NFL’S NEXT GREAT DYNASTY?

  1. As a long time Lions fan, I hope a dynasty ensues after many disappointing years. The pieces are in place. Some work needed but I’m liking the direction. Restore The Roar. Go Lions!

  2. Great post. The Lions are a talented young team. Anytime you can build a team that is good with the ability to grow further you have ingredients for a dynasty. The NFC North is looking like one scary division of football.

    • Yes, they have a great future with all the pieces in place. All they have to do is produce, which they’ve done this season. Yes, with the Lions, Packers, and even the Bears, the NFC North is the NFL’s best division

  3. I was scoffed at earlier this year when i picked the lions to win the super bowl. I should be on ESPN instead of Len Berman(if he is even on there).

  4. You’re right the Lions are building a dynasty. Can’t believe I even get to say that. It’s been a painful fifteen years for me as a diehard fan, but it all seems worth it now. Good post and welcome to SBM

  5. My issue with the team has always surrounded the health of Stafford . Unless he’s fully fit then they have no real chance of success .

    Bill Polian and his son Chris no longer have Jim Irsay atop of their Christmas card list for 2012 . And the same holds true for Jerry Angelo and the front office of the Bears . Norv Turner on the other hand is said to be now kissing the butts of AJ Smith and the Spanos family (owners of the Chargers) .

    tophatal ………….

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