3. Buddy Parker
Speaking of the aforementioned Wilson, it was Buddy Parker whom Wilson took over for after Parker's final season with the team in 1956. Parker sits number four all-time in wins on the head coaching list for Detroit, but the reason he comes in at number three, here, is due to his winning percentage.
As a head coach in Detroit, Parker went 47-23-2, which gives him a percentage most Lions fans aren't used to seeing. For those counting at home, Parker won twice as many games as he lost. How many Lions fans would kill to see those types of numbers today?
Parker would enjoy winning seasons in five of his six years in Detroit, with the best overall seasons coming in 1952 and 1953, where the Lions would go 9-2 and 10-2, respectively, while becoming NFL Champions in both years.
To this day, Parker is the only Lions head coach to win multiple championships, and just one of three to win one at all.
Another fun fact and similarity between Parker and Wilson was the fact that they both spent time with Chicago and Detroit as players and coaches. Parker would begin his playing career in Detroit and end it in Chicago, while his coaching career was the opposite.