STATE OF THE FRANCHISE
Three years ago, it appeared as though the Lions were the next great team, with a host of young talent at the most important of positions on both sides of the ball. Their offense was dynamic and their defense promising as the team marched to 10 wins and a playoff berth in 2011. Two losing seasons later, the Lions have a new coach and an uncertain future filled with a mix of expectations and doubts.
Former coach Jim Schwartz inherited one of the worst situations in football when he took the team's job, with the Lions coming off the NFL's first-ever 0-16 campaign in 2008. He provided energy and momentum out of the gate, but a four-game slide to end the 2013 season capped the Lions' disappointing 11-21 run over the last two seasons, with the lackluster results costing Schwartz his job.
Replacing him will be Jim Caldwell, who led the Colts to a 14-2 record in 2009 and a berth in Super Bowl XLIV in his first year coaching the te You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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