With the Lions at 4-7, this ugly, poorly assembled and ignobly distinctive franchise is on its 48th straight championship-free season. The fall guy for the latest underperforming model year is coach Steve Mariucci, fired Monday after a 15-28 record in two and 11/16th seasons. The success Mariucci had in his previous stop at San Francisco — a 60-43 record in six years — failed to translate to Detroit. His players bickered and questioned him, and many outright quit on him.
But it’s not totally Mariucci’s fault a team full of supposed Mustangs such as Joey Harrington, Charles Rogers, Roy Williams and Mike Williams instead kept blowing up like a Pinto. After all, the Lions are brought to you by a familial dynasty that has done its part over the past 40 years to run the American auto industry into the ground.
Of those 48 championship-free years, 41 of them have been under the ownership of William Clay Ford, Edsel Ford's son, who bought full control of the Lions from a consortium of Detroiters in November 1963 and assumed control two months later. Under Ford, the Lions have won exactly one playoff game, a history of long-term organizational ineptitude that can be matched only by the Bidwill Cardinals. No wonder Barry Sanders retired young.
As a preview of his amazing lack of acumen when it came to personnel, Ford, after his first season as owner, forced out George Wilson, who had coached the Lions to their last championship.
CSN: The Super Bowl's golden anniversary will be held in the Golden State. The new stadium, which opens in 2014, in Santa Clara will host Super Bowl L two years later, the NFL announced Tuesday.
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