The Lions are one of four NFL teams that have never been to a Super Bowl, but that’s not stopping vice chairman Bill Ford Jr. from making some big promises about where the team is headed.
“We’re going to bring you a Super Bowl, and we are going to help do our part to continue to mend our city and our state,” Ford said at the Detroit Economic Club’s kickoff luncheon, via the Detroit News. “When the Lions win the Super Bowl, this city will have a party like we’ve never seen before.”
Ford was talking at a glorified pep rally and this is what you do at pep rallies, glorified or otherwise. That doesn’t change the feeling that things are different for the Lions after last season. Talking about a Super Bowl isn’t ridiculous when you look at the core members of the roster and the success they had last season, especially when Ford wasn’t indelicate enough to put a timeline on his vow to give the Lombardi Trophy a home in the Motor City.
That difference cuts both ways. A step backward by the Lions this season will seem much more damning because of the success they had last season. The Ford family has shown a tremendous amount of patience with coaches and executives in the past, something that will be more difficult for them to do without raising the ire of the fans if they are going to make big promises about Super Bowl parties to come.