In the past month, this rebuilding franchise has been so predictable it has been laughable watching the same things happening on the field. Same promising start. Same promising effort. Same script in the fourth quarter of these final four games of the second season of the Jim Schwartz coaching era.
A fitting end to a forgettable season for the Vikings (6-10), who finished last in their division for the first time since 1990. Weighed down by underachieve-ment and forced to play for the second time in six days, the Vikings came out flat at Ford Field and seemed resigned to their fate against the surging Detroit Lions, who closed with their first four-game winning streak since 1999.
Hope is always encouraging. It inflames expectations, accelerating the demands for results far more tangible than a rare divisional third-place finish. But don’t think for one minute that it can’t ultimately prove as emotionally torturous as despair.
Welcome to Day 1 of the most anticipated Lions offseason in a decade.
Matt Millen took over as president in 2001 to jump-start a ho-hum organization, and we all know how that worked out. Now the Lions get another chance to get it right, to continue the uptick created the final month of the season.
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.