Designating a leader for this all-time Lions team has in a lot of ways been tougher than establishing the offensive and defensive starters.
I actually even gave thought to putting Matt Patricia here even though he hasn’t officially coached a game with Detroit yet!
My selection though, came down to tenure, results, and player relationships.
Wayne Fontes is simultaneously the Lions’ winningest and losingest head coach with an overall record of 67-71 and he gets the nod for this gig from me.
His players rallied around him and backed him up during the tougher moments and they played hard for him.
Fontes coached the Lions up to their greatest successes during my lifetime which included a franchise best 12-4 record and a 1991 trip to the NFC Championship game. Fontes was also the recipient of the 1991 NFL Coach of the Year award.
As I mentioned last week, having the opportunity to go through Lions’ history and make my selections for the all-time team was a labor of love.
Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, and Barry Sanders on the same offense, accompanied by an intelligent and hard hitting defense almost isn’t fair, but man is it fun to dream about!
Ultimately though, I’m ready to move beyond dreaming and actually see in reality, an on field product that’s making serious strides toward bringing a much awaited Lombardi trophy to the Motor City.