Detroit Lions: Even in this crazy year, there are no excuses

Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Lions have had a poor start to the season, but even after a very unusual offseason, there are no excuses.

For Detroit Lions fans this has been a rough start to the NFL season. There was much optimism surrounding this franchise despite the rather unusual circumstances over the offseason. But that seems to have faded away with the familiar sight of blown leads and inept play.

About the only thing, fans of the Honolulu Blue and Silver can rely on is that these Lions will let them down again. An endless tale that started back in 1958 and has fluctuated very little since.

Perhaps the eagerness of Lions fans to believe that one day their ship will come in and this franchise will actually start to compete for titles has blinded them from reality. Or perhaps even fools gold is better than no hope at all.

Many NFL insiders believed that the Lions had a good offseason. They acquired players that fit their system in free agency and did well in the draft.

All that was left was to hit the gridiron and start paying back the rest of the world for 60 plus years of misery. Instead, Lions fans continue to pay for their teams’ inability to field a contender.

One friend of mine theorized that those who don’t follow the golden rules of life, instead of going to that really hot place below, are forced to be Detroit Lions fans for eternity. I have to admit if that idea doesn’t scare you into leading a better life than nothing will.

But no matter how we view what seems to be the inevitable pain of being a Lions fan, there are reasons why this franchise has won only one playoff game since they ruled the NFL in 1957. Reasons why they are continually mediocre or worse.

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut and if the 1991 Lions are that nut, then it isn’t good enough. Much more should be expected of this franchise and it’s up to Sheila Ford Hamp to deliver on those expectations.