There isn’t a single rookie head coach in the NFL this season, so it’s an ideal time to rank ’em, 1-32. Sporting News’ NFL writers and editors factored in championships, won-lost record, creativity, motivational skills, ability to limit turnovers/penalties and hiring and maintaining a quality staff.
Detroit saw four of its eight regular-season home games in 2009 blacked out on local television because fan apathy stalled ticket sales. And it also reportedly is one of just two NFL teams to lose money last year while the league set income records.
Zac Snyder got hooked on the Lions after his dad took him to a Monday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990. The show put on by Barry Sanders and Bo Jackson that night was only surpassed by what Zac could do with Barry in a game of Tecmo Super Bowl.