The Detroit Lions got an updated look following the 0-16 season of 2008. Part of that new look included an updated look for the team’s logo. It wasn’t a drastic change but it gave definition to the rather clunky looking leaping lion. It was familiar, yet fresh.
The Carolina Panthers have used the same panther head logo since joining the league in 1995 and it seems the organization was looking to accomplish the same thing the Lions did just a few years ago according to team president Danny Morrison:
We have one of the finest and most recognizable logos in the NFL and wanted to make it as modern as possible without losing the dramatic essence of the mark
I’ll admit to chuckling at his suggestion that the Panthers logo is either one of the “finest” or “most recognizable” but I’ll agree with his assessment of giving the logo a modern touch without changing its essence. Take a look:
Does this make the Lions forward-thinkers? If so, it truly is a new era of Detroit Lions football!