A frustrated Lions fan shown above
Only the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers have finished a year without a win.That was when the Bucs were an expansion team in their first year of existence while the Lions have been around since 1929. That was also when teams played fewer games.
Lion quarterback John Kitna is pictured.
Time Magazine has an online article titled: How Can Detroit Go Winless in Today's NFL?
There are lots of contenders for the worst part of the Detroit Lions miserable 2008 NFL season, starting with the jokes:
How do you keep a Detroit Lion out of your backyard? Put up goalposts.
The Dallas Cowboys had a 1-15 season in 1989.
Football experts all agree that in today's "any given Sunday" NFL — where every team seems to have a decent shot to win, where a salary cap structure, and a draft that gives the worst teams access to the best young talent in a young man's game, creates league-wide parity — going winless is awfully hard to do.
Several teams, in fact, have only managed to put together one victory in a season, including the 2007 Miami Dolphins and the 2000 San Diego Chargers . But failing to eke out one win in a league built on mediocrity takes a certain stunning level of ineptitude.