D’Andre Swift has a bright future, hopefully the Lions do too

D'Andre Swift #32 of the Detroit Lions (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
D'Andre Swift #32 of the Detroit Lions (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /
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Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions (Photo by USATODAY Syndication)
Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions (Photo by USATODAY Syndication) /

Will Swift’s career be mired in Lions’ futility?

So the Lions defense is bad and young D’Andre Swift is pretty good. Where does that leave us?

I suppose for the moment how good Swift becomes will have to be left to our imagination. Will he become the Lions’ best runner since Barry Sanders? Quite frankly considering the lack of productive runners this franchise has had over the last couple of decades since Barry called it quits, it’s certainly a task he is very capable of accomplishing.

But I guess the real question goes a little deeper; Will D’Andre Swift become the latest Lion to be worn out from the never-ending losing this franchise suffers year after year?

Will we see him leave in free agency one day because he can’t take it anymore or will he spend his entire career in Detroit and never be surrounded by the players or coaching staff needed to make this franchise a certifiable contender.

And which is worse?

We all loved having Barry here for his whole career and while Calvin Johnson has recently expressed how he would have liked to have played for a legitimate contender, he still finished his Hall of Fame career right here in Detroit.

Both Barry and Calvin accomplished so much individually, but I think they both would have traded a lot of those numbers to at least have a legitimate shot at winning it all.

D’Andre Swift has a long way to go before he can be considered in the same class as those two Detroit legends, but he has quite a bit of talent and drive. Whether he becomes a good player or a great player for the Lions, he appears to be a building block for the future and it would be wonderful if this franchise could find the right general manager and head coach to build a true contender that Swift could contribute to.

And as much as this city appreciates great players, it would be more amazing if Sheila Ford Hamp could accomplish what her parents couldn’t and find the general manager and head coach that can finally turn this franchise around.

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Remembering the greatness of Barry and Calvin never gets tiring, but it would be so great to celebrate a Lions team that finally won the Super Bowl. Because when all is said and done, records are nice, but championships are what it’s all about.