It’s amazing that just a few years ago this team didn’t win a single game. They were completely devoid of talent and in just a few short years, Jim Schwartz and Martin Mayhew have reversed years of terrible decisions by the Matt Millen regime. In 2008 they didn’t win a game and in 2009 they won just 2. However, in 2010, they won 6, including their last 4 and last year they won 10 and made the playoffs for the first time since 1999.
Can the Lions take the next step in 2012 and become a legitimate Super Bowl contender? Some would say yes, but doing so would require the team to improve its win total for the 4th straight year, something that hasn’t happened in the NFL in over a decade. This team also finished the year just 5-7, including playoffs, after starting the year 5-0. Even in their 5-0 start, they needed two massive comebacks and they needed another one to beat Carolina later in the season. In fact, they needed 4 comebacks of 13+ points last year, an NFL record.