Scanning the Savanna

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This was the year everything was supposed to come together for the Lions. It has.

The Lions are on pace to surrender 200 fewer points than they did in head coach Jim Schwartz’s first season in 2009, when they allowed an NFL-worst 494 in a 2-14 campaign. That’s one way to measure the Lions’ defensive progress in recent seasons, but the eyeball test is illustrative, too, and Detroit’s defense now has playmakers at every level. In addition, the pass rush, imposing a season ago, is again stout.

Ford’s nadir ranking is based on hard numbers: A 3-percent franchise value decline over the past five years, and a .230 winning percentage in that time — metrics of futility that can be traced to his total reliance of an assortment of inept yahoos such as Matt Millen.

Surgeon general warnings are used to protect those who put their bodies at risk. Advisements not to operate machinery while under the influence of alcohol or informing people of the health risks of smoking are just a few.

There should also be one on the back of Ndamukong Suh’s helmet, because he can cause harm and atrophy to someone’s body as well.

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