As suspected, the Detroit Lions are the worst team in the NFL. Thanks to their new head coach, though, the Lions have been much more competitive than expected. Detroit might not win a single game in the 2021 NFL season. Don’t tell that to Dan Campbell, though.
With six games left on their schedule, Campbell warns that his team will give its opponents a run for their money.
The Lions boast the NFL’s worst record
The Detroit Lions are currently 0-10-1, easily the worst record in football. The next closest teams are the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans, both at 2-9.
Dan Campbell inherited the most challenging job in the NFL. The Lions are a tortured franchise with a rich history of losing. Detroit has never reached the Super Bowl, and the team hasn’t made the playoffs since it snuck in during the 2016 season.
The Lions are a severely talent-deficient football team on both sides of the ball. It should come as no surprise that they’re in this position. When scouring the depth chart, you’ll find names like D’Andre Swift, T.J. Hockenson, Jared Goff, and Penei Sewell. You’ll also find names you’ve never heard of before.
Detroit simply doesn’t have the personnel to match up with the NFL’s best on a weekly basis.
Even though they’re winless, the Lions have shown heart for most of the season. They almost beat the Baltimore Ravens, if not for Justin Tucker’s historic game-winning field goal. They went toe-to-toe with the Los Angeles Rams in Week 7. Then, there’s the infamous tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Almost doesn’t cut it in the NFL, but Coach Campbell doesn’t care about the past. He’s only worried about what’s in front of him.
Dan Campbell wants to play spoiler
It’s easy for a team this bad to lay down week after week and not care anymore. However, Dan Campbell won’t allow that to happen while he’s coaching the Detroit Lions.
The Lions are well out of playoff contention, but if it’s up to their head coach, they’re still going to try their hardest to win football games.
“We’ve got six to go, and we’re playing spoiler now,” Campbell told The Detroit Free Press. “We’re trying to ruin people’s day is what we’re trying to do. I think now it’s all about how do we make these last six opponents kind of have to deal with what we’ve dealt with for the season? That’s the message.”
The remainder of Detroit’s 2021 schedule features matchups against the Vikings, Broncos, Cardinals, Falcons, Seahawks, and Packers.
There’s a common theme between the Lions’ future opponents. Most of the teams (except the Seahawks) are in the playoff race. This presents the perfect opportunity for Campbell’s squad to play spoiler.
Whether or not the Lions will be successful in ruining people’s day remains to be seen. If nothing else, they’ll at least continue to ruin the days of their loyal fans.
Detroit is on track to have the No. 1 pick in 2022 NFL Draft
If the Detroit Lions win one game in 2021, they’ll have to be feeling pretty good. The current roster construction isn’t ideal for a team looking to compete consistently.
The depleted roster is in desperate need of an upgrade. The draft is the best way to add young talent to the fold, and hope these players can add immediate value to the football team.
If the Lions’ lousy luck streak continues on the field, they should secure the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Even if Dan Campbell doesn’t want to look ahead, it’s time to start scouting the top college football prospects.
Detroit has endless holes on its roster, making the front office’s draft game plan a bit broad. However, the Lions need to inject some talent, so drafting the best player available could be the route they take.
The Lions currently have two first-round picks. At No. 1 overall, the front office must consider drafting one of the two elite edge-rushers, either Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson or Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux.
Dan Campbell has put his all into reversing the losing culture in Detroit. It’s only fitting that the top brass put him in the best position to succeed. That starts with hammering the right picks in the draft.
With such great draft capital, the Lions cannot afford to squander the opportunity. Campbell deserves better.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.