1) Since Barry Sanders’ last season in 1998, the Lions have gone 58-156 in the regular-season. During those 15 seasons, Detroit has managed only two winning seasons, losing in the Wild-Card Round both years.
2) On Jan. 14, 2014, Jim Caldwell was named the next head coach of Detroit Lions; their seventh coaching change since 2000. Excluding Gary Moeller – who only lasted seven games in 2000 – Caldwell will look to become the first Lions’ coach to have a winning tenure since Joe Schmidt. From 1967-72, Schmidt guided the Lions to a 43-34-7 regular-season record.
3) While Schmidt is the last coach to have a winning tenure in Detroit, Wayne Fontest was the last coach to lead the Lions to a playoff win. Fontest and the Lions defeated the Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 5, 1992 38-6. The 22 years without a playoff win is currently the second longest drought, only trailing the Cincinnati Bengals who are looking for their first playoff win in 23 years.
4) The Lions have taken part in 73 Thanksgiving Day football games – more than any other NFL team. Detroit has gone 34-37-2 in the Thanksgiving Day Classic.
5) In 2008, the Lions became the 11th team in NFL history to finish a season winless, after playing eight or more games. Here’s a complete list since the NFL formed in 1920:
** 1944, the Chicago Cardinals merged with the Pittsburgh Steelers
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