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Team Report Cards: Lions 2012's Biggest Disappointment?

What happened to the Detroit Lions? Coming into the season they were in talks about a Super Bowl run but with a 4-4 start and an 8-game losing streak after, they quickly became maybe the most disappointing team this season.  The good news is that there are some great pieces on the team to pull together for a bounce back in 2013.


Detroit Lions
2012 Record: 4-12

Grade: D

 

 

The Good:

 

  • - WR Calvin Johnson broke the NFL record for most yards in a single season.
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  • - QB Matthew Stafford threw for the second-most yards in the NFL with 4,967.
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  • - Despite what you may have heard on the playground, DT Ndamukong Suh had a productive year with 8 sacks, a high number for a DT.

 

 

The Bad:

 

  • - After a promising 2011 record of 10-6, the team bombed in 2012.
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  • - They ended 2012 on an eight-game losing streak. 
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  • - Aside from Megatron, no other WR broke the 400 yard mark for receiving.

 

 

The Future:

 

  • -Draft: DE Ezekiel Ansah or LB Manti Te’o.  There is a need for a good pass rusher and Ezekiel is one of the fastest. They also need help in LB position after Kyle Vanden Bosch was let go.
  • -Free Agent Targets: They need help on the offensive line but they may want to go through the draft to get younger guys. OTs Ryan Clady and Jake Long would be smart targets.  A good second WR would be an asset so Wes Welker and Mike Wallace would be ideal.
  • -Trade For: If they miss in the draft, trading for an LB would be a great idea.  One thing the Lions really lack is veteran leadership, so getting a guy in with some experience would pay off big.

 

Were the Lions the most disappointing team of 2012?

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  • Detroit Lions

    April 18, 2013

    nhw132 · draftee

    first game we are playing minosta

  • Detroit Lions

    April 14, 2013

    lionsyo · draftee

    chiefs were

  • Buffalo Bills

    April 8, 2013

    triva7 · rookie

    No no no no nooooooo

  • Detroit Lions

    April 7, 2013

    lion5cars · draftee

    lions lions lions lions

  • Detroit Lions

    April 4, 2013

    marcus2144 · draftee

    we about to have a awsome year

  • Detroit Lions

    March 30, 2013

    dlions1515 · starter

    glad lions got Reggie Bush

  • Detroit Lions

    March 25, 2013

    fazetemperrr12 · draftee

    Well it was a pretty good year :/

  • Detroit Lions

    March 18, 2013

    lionsyo · draftee

    steelers ' supposably' were good we got reggie calvin and matt

  • San Francisco 49ers

    March 12, 2013

    49erskapernick · draftee

    I THINK THE WORST TEAM WAS CHIEFS AND THE RADIRS THERE NOTHING THEY COULD BE GOOD SOMETIMES

  • New England Patriots

    March 5, 2013

    brady390 · practice squad

    most dissapointing team in 2012 was the bears. starting 7-1 to finsh 6-10. megatron should turn things round

  • Green Bay Packers

    March 4, 2013

    rg3freak123 · draftee

    I think the biggest disappointing team of 2012 was the eagels it's so sad how bad they did but maybe they will do better with chip kelly was their coach maybe...

  • Seattle Seahawks

    March 3, 2013

    tbucaleb · draftee

    sadly enough, it waz probably bucs, but u couldnt tell bcz of the lions and thier dominant offense but poor defense

  • Detroit Lions

    February 28, 2013

    rush886 · 2nd string

    well ndamukong suh is still good enoughto be in the pro browl!

  • New England Patriots

    February 28, 2013

    deshawnwoodall · rookie

    He hits people

  • New England Patriots

    February 28, 2013

    deshawnwoodall · rookie

    My team lost still good game though

  • New England Patriots

    February 28, 2013

    deshawnwoodall · rookie

    Falcons Rule

  • New England Patriots

    February 28, 2013

    deshawnwoodall · rookie

    The falcons Were

  • Houston Texans

    February 28, 2013

    aggiebug · practice squad

    he hits people

  • Houston Texans

    February 28, 2013

    aggiebug · practice squad

    suh has a attitude

  • Seattle Seahawks

    February 27, 2013

    jomez5121 · 2nd string

    the eagles were

  • Detroit Lions

    February 27, 2013

    wwekid16 · draftee

    lions should gey chance warmack

  • Detroit Lions

    February 27, 2013

    rush886 · 2nd string

    lions get wes welker brian urlacher clay matthews and tom brady

  • Baltimore Ravens

    February 27, 2013

    jravens8 · draftee

    the ravens the best SUPER BOWL 47!!!!!!!

  • Pittsburgh Steelers

    February 27, 2013

    187mix23 · draftee

    all i care about is steelers

  • San Diego Chargers

    February 27, 2013

    djdumas · draftee

    g!

  • Green Bay Packers

    February 27, 2013

    packfan892 · 2nd string

    you go 11-5 and the loose to the 49ers

  • Green Bay Packers

    February 27, 2013

    packfan892 · 2nd string

    the packers were

  • New England Patriots

    February 27, 2013

    warrior800 · draftee

    Yes

  • New York Giants

    February 27, 2013

    newyorkgiants101 · rookie

    ok

  • New York Giants

    February 27, 2013

    newyorkgiants101 · rookie

    definetly not great but

  • New York Giants

    February 27, 2013

    newyorkgiants101 · rookie

    they won 4 times

  • New York Giants

    February 27, 2013

    newyorkgiants101 · rookie

    no way!

  • Pittsburgh Steelers

    February 27, 2013

    steelerslaila123 · draftee

    oh

  • Pittsburgh Steelers

    February 27, 2013

    steelerslaila123 · draftee

    i agree will all of u "smart" people

  • Kansas City Chiefs

    February 27, 2013

    punter101 · draftee

    the chiefs were by far the most dissapointing team

  • Carolina Panthers

    February 26, 2013

    sweaterbook · practice squad

    I t

  • Carolina Panthers

    February 26, 2013

    sweaterbook · practice squad

    I am not happy with the patriots

  • New England Patriots

    February 26, 2013

    patsluvur · draftee

    "despite what you may have heard on the playground" hahahahahahaha

  • Baltimore Ravens

    February 26, 2013

    ygcmb · draftee

    they are okay

  • Miami Dolphins

    February 26, 2013

    ryguy0612 · draftee

    No. They were always bad

  • New York Jets

    February 26, 2013

    fermot · practice squad

    cards biggest letdown

  • Seattle Seahawks

    February 26, 2013

    Rex22222 · draftee

    I agree with everything. gO LIONS!

  • Seattle Seahawks

    February 26, 2013

    Rex22222 · draftee

    no, the jets were

  • Denver Broncos

    February 26, 2013

    nkfylle · 2nd string

    no the cardinals were! i mean how do you start 4-0 and then lose 11 of the next 12!

  • Washington Redskins

    February 26, 2013

    scrocks · practice squad

    No, the Kansas City Chiefs were.

  • New England Patriots

    February 26, 2013

    patsgetgronked87 · draftee

    Hey Tom Brady just got signed for a three year extension for 20M$. Which is half of what he is worth just so the PATRIOTS could sign WELKER! He also said if Welker leaves I leave!

  • Detroit Lions

    February 26, 2013

    BoyScout99 · draftee

    The Kansas City Chiefs were the most disappointing team. They were predicted to win their division. Draft Defensive End. If Manti 'Teo drops to the third round, pick him up. Try to get either Nahmdi Asomougha, Charles Woodson, or Darrel Revis to strengthen the secondary. Draft an offensive lineman as well. There are plenty of them in this year's draft.

  • Baltimore Ravens

    February 26, 2013

    Ravensflow · practice squad

    The lions are bad and they will get the first draft pick of the NFL draft 2014

  • Jacksonville Jaguars

    February 25, 2013

    allprobrady · veteran

    They made it to the play-offs but lost thier 1st game so its in the middle

  • Buffalo Bills

    February 25, 2013

    triva7 · rookie

    no theye wernt dissapointing

  • Chicago Bears

    February 25, 2013

    bearscaden · draftee

    cheiefs

  • Detroit Lions

    February 25, 2013

    rush886 · 2nd string

    we are in need of a line backer! get clay matthews or brian urlacher!

  • Detroit Lions

    February 25, 2013

    lion5cars · draftee

    no lions are goooooood