Since that time, the wins have been rare;
2001 2-14-0 5th NFC Central
2002 3-13-0 4th NFC North
2003 5-11-0 4th NFC North
2004 6-10-0 3rd NFC North
2005 5-11-0 3rd NFC North
2006 3-13-0 4th NFC North
2007 7-9-0 3rd NFC North
2008 0-16-0 4th NFC North
2009 2-14-0 4th NFC North
The 2007 squad started 6-2, and we were all thinking playoffs. They finished 1-7.
The drafting by Matt Millen was atrocious. In 2003 he picked Charles Rogers (known druggie) and passed-up, Troy Polamalu, Andre Johnson, Terrell Suggs, Dallas Clark, and McGahee.
In 2005 he selected Mike Williams of USC. Yes, that Mike Williams, the one that sat out a year and got fat. He could have had; Demarcus Ware, Jammal Brown, Marcus Spears, or Logan Mankins.
There were more debacles like this. I won't list them all. You can see the entire record of failure here. I will just say that Millen, you are a boob. A no talent hack. When you do the color commentary for any football game, you have no credibility. You are a joke.
Thankfully, the Lions are finally on the right track. Drafting guys like Suh will pay dividends. If you have not seen Suh play yet, try to stomach a Lions game. You will see a rising star. He's that good.
Someday, hopefully soon, the Lions will play meaningful games in to later October.
Someday, everyone will care.